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Troubleshooting.... 82

Item Checklist
IDE Cable x 1 & FDD Cable x 1 SATA 3Gb/s Cable x 2 I/O Shield
* The items listed above are for reference only, and are subject to change without notice.

Optional Accessories

2 Ports USB 2.0 Cable (Part Number: 12CR1-1UB030-51/R) 4 Ports USB 2.0 Cable (Part Number: 12CR1-1UB030-21/R) 2 Ports SATA Power Cable (Part Number: 12CF1-2SERPW-01R) 2 Ports IEEE 1394 Cable (Part Number: 12CF1-1IE008-01R) e-SATA Cable (Part Number: 12CF1-3SATPW-11R) S/PDIF In Cable (Part Number: 12CR1-1SPDIN-01/R)
GA-M55S-S3 (rev. 2.0) Motherboard Layout
CPU_FAN KB_MS ATX_12V SPDIF_O SPDIFO_OPT

Socket AM2

Marvell 88E1116

PCIE_12V

PWR_FAN DDRII_2 DDRII_4 DDRII_1 DDRII_3

GA-M55S-S3

F_AUDIO PCIE_1

IDE1 SATAII4

PCIE_16_1
SATAII1 F_USB1 SATAII2 SATAII3

PCIE_2

SPDIF_I

nVIDIA nForce 550

PCIE_3

CLR_CMOS

PCIE_4

IT8716

BATTERY

F_USB3 F_USB2

TSB43AB23
PCI2 REV: 2.0 FDD F1_1394 F2_1394 CI F_PANEL PWR_LED

SYS_FAN

Block Diagram
CPUCLK+/-(200 MHz) AMD Socket AM2 CPU PCI-ECLK (100 MHz) Hyper Transport Bus LAN RJ45 PCI Express x16 Marvell 88E1116 nVIDIA nForce 550 DDRII 800/667/533 MHz DIMM Dual Channel Memory
PCI Express Bus x1 PCI-ECLK (100 MHz) 4 PCI Express x1 PCI Bus LPC BUS TSB43AB23 CODEC PS/2 KB/Mouse
Surround Speaker Out Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Side Speaker Out MIC Line-Out Line-In SPDIF In SPDIF Out
BIOS 4 SATA 3Gb/s ATA33/66/100/133 IDE Channel Floppy IT8716 LPT Port COM Port

3 IEEE 1394a

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

Preparing Your Computer

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

Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the PCI Express x16 slot when you try to install/ uninstall the VGA card. Please align the VGA card to the onboard PCI Express x16 slot and press firmly down on the slot. Make sure your VGA card is locked by the small white-drawable bar. To install a VGA card or to release an installed card, users can also press the latch on the back of the drawable bar as the picture to the left shows.

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

Parallel Port

The parallel port allows connection of a printer, scanner and other peripheral devices.

SPDIF_O (COATIAL)

The S/PDIF coaxial output port is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or compressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder via a coaxial cable.

SPDIFO_OPT (OPTICAL)

The S/PDIF optical output port is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or compressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder via an optical cable.

COMA (Serial Port)

Connects to serial-based mouse or data processing devices.

IEEE 1394a Port

Serial interface standard set by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which has features like high speed, high bandwidth and hot plug.

USB Port

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

LAN Port

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

Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
The default Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out jack. Center/Subwoofer speakers can be connected to Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out jack.
Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out)
The default Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out) jack. Rear surround speakers can be connected to Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out) jack.

Side Speaker Out

The default Side Speaker Out jack. Surround side speakers can be connected to Side Speaker Out jack. - 17 Hardware Installation

Line In

The default Line In jack. Devices like CD-ROM, walkman etc. can be connected to Line In jack.
Line Out (Front Speaker Out)
The default Line Out (Front Speaker Out) jack. Stereo speakers, earphone or front surround speakers can be connected to Line Out (Front Speaker Out) jack.

MIC In

The default MIC In jack. Microphone must be connected to MIC In 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 ( ). Please refer to the 2-/4-/6-/8- channel audio setup steps for detailed software configuration information.

Connectors Introduction

1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)
ATX_12V ATX (Power Connector) PCIE_12V CPU_FAN SYS_FAN PWR_FAN FDD IDE1 SATAII1 / 2 / 3 / 4 BATTERY
11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19)
F_PANEL PWR_LED F_AUDIO CD_IN SPDIF_I F_USB1 / F_USB2 / F_USB3 F1_1394 / F2_1394 CI CLR_CMOS

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1/2) ATX_12V / ATX (Power Connector)
With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the components on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, please make sure that all components and devices are properly installed. Align the power connector with its proper location on the motherboard and connect tightly. The ATX_12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the ATX_12V power connector is not connected, the system will not start. Caution! Please use a power supply that is able to handle the system voltage requirements. It is recommended that a power supply that can withstand high power consumption be used (400W or greater). If a power supply is used that does not provide the required power, the result can lead to an unstable system or a system that is unable to start. If you use a 24-pin ATX power supply, please remove the small cover on the power connector on the motherboard before plugging in the power cord; otherwise, please do not remove it.

: Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults

F10: Save

ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults
The date format is <week>, <month>, <day>, <year>. Week The week, from Sun to Sat, determined by the BIOS and is display-only Month The month, Jan. Through Dec. Day The day, from 1 to 31 (or the maximum allowed in the month) Year The year, from 1999 through 2098
The times format in <hour> <minute> <second>. The time is calculated based on the 24-hour military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00.
IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection. IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave devices setup. You can use one of three methods: Auto Allows BIOS to automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during POST. (Default value) None Select this if no IDE/SATA devices are used and the system will skip the automatic detection step and allow for faster system start up. Manual User can manually input the correct settings. Access Mode Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The four options are: CHS/LBA/Large/Auto(default:Auto)
IDE Channel 2/3/4/5 Master
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection. Extended IDE Drive You can use one of the two methods: Auto Allows BIOS to automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during POST(default) None Select this if no IDE/SATA devices are used and the system will skip the automatic detection step and allow for faster system start up. GA-M55S-S3 (rev. 2.0) Motherboard - 32 -
Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The two options are: Large/Auto(default:Auto) Capacity Capacity of currently installed hard drive. Hard drive information should be labeled on the outside drive casing. Enter the appropriate option based on this information. Cylinder Number of cylinders Head Number of heads Precomp Write precomp Landing Zone Landing zone Sector Number of sectors

Access Mode

Drive A / Drive B
The category identifies the types of floppy disk drive A or drive B that has been installed in the computer. None No floppy drive installed. 360K, 5.25" 5.25 inch PC-type standard drive; 360K byte capacity. 1.2M, 5.25" 5.25 inch AT-type high-density drive; 1.2M byte capacity. (3.5 inch when 3 Mode is Enabled). 720K, 3.5" 3.5 inch double-sided drive; 720K byte capacity. 1.44M, 3.5" 3.5 inch double-sided drive; 1.44M byte capacity. 2.88M, 3.5" 3.5 inch double-sided drive; 2.88M byte capacity.
Floppy 3 Mode Support (for Japan Area)
Disabled Drive A Drive B Both Normal Floppy Drive. (Default value) Drive A is 3 mode Floppy Drive. Drive B is 3 mode Floppy Drive. Drive A & B are 3 mode Floppy Drives.

Halt on

The category determines whether the computer will stop if an error is detected during power up. No Errors The system boot will not stop for any error that may be detected and you will be prompted. All Errors Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system will be stopped. All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error; it will stop for all other errors. (Default value) All, But Diskette The system boot will not stop for a disk error; it will stop for all other errors. All, But Disk/Key The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or disk error; it will stop for all other errors.

Memory

The category is display-only which is determined by POST (Power On Self Test) of the BIOS.

Base Memory

The POST of the BIOS will determine the amount of base (or conventional) memory installed in the system. The value of the base memory is typically 512K for systems with 512K memory installed on the motherboard, or 640K for systems with 640K or more memory installed on the motherboard.

Extended Memory

The BIOS determines how much extended memory is present during the POST. This is the amount of memory located above 1 MB in the CPU's memory address map. - 33 BIOS Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Advanced BIOS Features Hard Disk Boot Priority First Boot Device Second Boot Device Third Boot Device Boot Up Floppy Seek Password Check Away Mode Init Display First [Press Enter] [Floppy] [Hard Disk] [CDROM] [Disabled] [Setup] [Disabled] [PEG] Item Help Menu Level

Hard Disk Boot Priority

Select boot sequence for onboard(or add-on cards) SCSI, RAID, etc. Use < > or < > to select a device, then press<+> to move it up, or <-> to move it down the list. Press <ESC> to exit this menu.
First / Second / Third Boot Device
Floppy LS120 Hard Disk CDROM ZIP USB-FDD USB-ZIP USB-CDROM USB-HDD Legacy LAN Disabled Select your boot device priority by Floppy. Select your boot device priority by LS120. Select your boot device priority by Hard Disk. Select your boot device priority by CDROM. Select your boot device priority by ZIP. Select your boot device priority by USB-FDD. Select your boot device priority by USB-ZIP. Select your boot device priority by USB-CDROM. Select your boot device priority by USB-HDD. Select your boot device priority by Legacy LAN. Disable this function.

Boot Up Floppy Seek

During POST, BIOS will determine the floppy disk drive installed is 40 or 80 tracks. 360K type is 40 tracks 720K, 1.2M and 1.44M are all 80 tracks. Enabled BIOS searches for floppy disk drive to determine it is 40 or 80 tracks. Note that BIOS can not tell from 720K, 1.2M or 1.44M drive type as they are all 80 tracks. Disabled BIOS will not search for the type of floppy disk drive by track number. Note that there will not be any warning message if the drive installed is 360K. (Default value)

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Password Check
System Setup The system can not boot and can not access to Setup page will be denied if the correct password is not entered at the prompt. The system will boot, but access to Setup will be denied if the correct password is not entered at the prompt. (Default value) Disable this function. (Default value) Enable Away Mode in Windows XP Media Center operating system. (Away Mode: Enables the system to silently perform unattended tasks while in a low-power mode that appears off.)

Away Mode

Disabled Enabled

Init Display First

This feature allows you to select the first initiation of the monitor display from which card when you install a PCI card and a PCI Express VGA card on the motherboard. PCI Slot Set Init Display First to PCI VGA card. PEG Set Init Display First to PCI Express VGA card. (Default value)

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CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Integrated Peripherals [Press Enter] [Enabled] [Auto] [All Enabled] [Enabled] [Auto] [Press Enter] [Enabled] [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [378/IRQ7] [SPP] 3 [V1.1+V2.0] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] Item Help Menu Level
Serial-ATA RAID Config On-Chip IDE Channel0 On-Chip MAC Lan NV Serial-ATA Controller IDE Prefetch Moed Onboard Audio Function SMART LAN Onboard 1394 Onboard LAN Boot ROM Onboard Serial Port 1 Onboard Parallel Port Parallel Port Mode x ECP Mode Use DMA On-Chip USB USB Keyboard Support USB Mouse Support Legacy USB storage detect

Serial-ATA RAID Config

NV SATA RAID function NV SATA 1 Primary RAID NV SATA 1 Secondary RAID NV SATA 2 Primary RAID NV SATA 2 Secondary RAID
Integrated Peripherals CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Serial-ATA RAID Config [Disabled] Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Item Help Menu Level

x x x x

: Move Enter: Select +/-/PU/PD: Value F10: Save F5: Previous Values F6: Fail-Safe Defaults : Move Enter: Select +/-/PU/PD: Value F10: Save F11/12: Profile F5: Previous Values F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults

NV SATA RAID function

Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled Allows users to configure individual SATA channels as RAID or ATA mode. Disable the RAID function for all of the onboard SATA channels. (Default value) Enable RAID function for the first channel of the first SATA controller. (Default value) Disable the RAID function of this channel. It will operate in ATA mode. Enable RAID function for the second channel of the first SATA controller. (Default value) Disable the RAID function of this channel. It will operate in ATA mode. Enable RAID function for the first channel of the second SATA controller. (Default value) Disable the RAID function of this channel. It will operate in ATA mode.

NV SATA 1 Primary RAID

NV SATA 1 Secondary RAID

NV SATA 2 Primary RAID

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NV SATA 2 Secondary RAID

Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled Disabled Auto Disabled SATA-1 All Enabled Enabled Disabled Auto Disabled Enable RAID function for the second channel of the second SATA controller. (Default value) Disable the RAID function of this channel. It will operate in ATA mode. Enable onboard first channel IDE port. (Default value) Disable onboard first channel IDE port. Disable the Lan controller built-in core chipset. Enable the Lan controller built-in core chipset. (Default value) Disable the 2 SATA controllers. Enable the first SATA controller only. Enable the 2 SATA controllers. (Default value) Enable IDE data buffer to enhance HDD transfer speed. (Default value) Disable IDE data buffer for the system stability. Auto-detect onboard audio function. (Default value) Disable this function.

On-Chip IDE Channel0

On-Chip MAC Lan

NV Serial-ATA Controller

IDE Prefetch Mode

Onboard Audio Function

SMART LAN
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software SMART LAN Start detecting at Port.. Pair1-2 Status = Pair3-6 Status = Pair4-5 Status = Pair7-8 Status = Normal Normal Normal Normal / / / / Length Length Length Length = = = = N/A N/A N/A N/A Item Help Menu Level
This motherboard incorporates cable diagnostic feature designed to detect the status of the attached LAN cable. This feature will detect cabling issue and report the approximate distance to the fault or short. Refer to the following information for diagnosing your LAN cable:

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When LAN Cable Is Functioning Normally. 1. If no cable problem is detected on the LAN cable connected to a Gigabit hub, the Status fields of Pair 1-2, Pair 3-6, Pair 4-5, and Pair 7-8 will show Normal and the Length fields will show N/A, as shown in the figure above. 2. If no cable problem is detected on the LAN cable connected to a 10/100 Mbps hub, the Status fields of Pair 1-2 and Pair 3-6 will show Normal and the Length fields will show N/A. However, because Pair 4-5 and Pair 7-8 are not used in a 10/100 Mbps environment, their Status fields will show Short or Open, and the length shown is the approximate length of the attached LAN cable. When a Cable Problem Occurs. If a cable problem occurs on a specified pair of wires, the Status field will show Short or Open and the length shown will be the approximate distance to the fault or short. For example, if it shows Pair1-2 Status = Short / Length = 1.6m, it means that a fault or short might occur at about 1.6m on Pair 1-2. When No LAN Cable Is Attached. If no LAN cable is attached to the motherboard, the Status fields of all four pairs of wires will show Open and the Length fields show 0.0m.

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2-11 Save & Exit Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Esc: Quit F8: Q-Flash : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Save Data to CMOS F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)?Exit Setup Save & Y Exit Without Saving
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility and save the user setup value to RTC CMOS. Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.

2-12 Exit Without Saving

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Esc: Quit F8: Q-Flash : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Abandon all Data F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? NExit Setup Save & Exit Without Saving
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility without saving to RTC CMOS. Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.

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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation
Pictures below are shown in Windows XP. Insert the driver CD-title that came with your motherboard into your CD-ROM drive, the driver CD-title will auto start and show the installation guide. If not, please double click the CD-ROM device icon in "My computer", and execute the Run.exe.

Install Chipset Drivers

After insert the driver CD, "Xpress Install" will scan automatically the system and then list all the drivers that recommended to install. Please pick the item that you want and press "install" followed the item; or you can press "Xpress Install" to install all items defaulted.
Some device drivers will restart your system automatically. After restarting your system the "Xpress Install" will continue to install other drivers. System will reboot automatically after install the drivers, afterward you can install others application. For USB2.0 driver support under Windows XP operating system, please use Windows Service Pack. After install Windows Service Pack, it will show a question mark "?" in "Universal Serial Bus controller" under "Device Manager". Please remove the question mark and restart the system (System will auto-detect the right USB2.0 driver).

Press DEL to enter SETUP / Dual BIOS / Q-Flash / F9 For Xpress Recovery 08/07/2003-i875P-6A79BG03C-00

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Entering the Q-FlashTM utility:
Step1: To use Q-Flash utility, you must press Del in the boot screen to enter BIOS menu.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ESC: Quit F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash Select Language Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving F3: Change Language F10: Save & Exit Setup Time, Date, Hard Disk Type.
Step 2: Press F8 button on your keyboard and then Y button to enter the Dual BIOS/Q-Flash utility.
Exploring the Q-FlashTM / Dual BIOS utility screen
The Q-Flash / Dual BIOS utility screen consists of the following key components.
Dual BIOS Utility Boot From... Main Bios Main ROM Type/Size..SST 49LF003A Backup ROM Type/Size..SST 49LF003A

Dual BIOS utility bar

512K 512K
Task menu for Dual BIOS utility
Task menu for Q-FlashTM utility
Wide Range Protection Disable Boot From Main Bios Auto Recovery Enable Halt On Error Disable Copy Main ROM Data to Backup Load Default Settings Save Settings to CMOS Q-Flash Utility Load Main BIOS from Floppy Load Backup BIOS from Floppy Save Main BIOS to Floppy Save Backup BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
Q-FlashTM utility title bar Action bar
Task menu for Dual BIOS utility:
Contains the names of eight tasks and two item showing information about the BIOS ROM type. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.
Task menu for Q-Flash utility:
Contains the names of four tasks. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.

Action bar:

Contains the names of four actions needed to operate the Q-Flash/Dual BIOS utility. Pressing the buttons mentioned on your keyboards to perform these actions.

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Using the Q-FlashTM utility:
This section tells you how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash utility. As described in the "Before you begin" section above, you must prepare a floppy disk having the BIOS file for your motherboard and insert it to your computer. If you have already put the floppy disk into your system and have entered the Q-Flash utility, please follow the steps below to flash BIOS.

Before you begin

Please prepare: (a) At least two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two hard drives with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID, you may prepare only one hard drive. (b) An empty formatted floppy disk. (c) Windows XP/2000 setup disk. (d) Driver CD for your motherboard.
(1) Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer
Attach one end of the SATA signal cable to the rear of the SATA hard drive and the other end to available SATA port(s) on the motherboard. Then connect the power connector from your power supply to the hard drive.
Skip this step if you do not want to create RAID array on the SATA controller.

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(2) Configuring SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup
You have to make sure whether the SATA controller is configured correctly in system BIOS Setup and set BIOS boot sequence for the SATA hard drive(s)/RAID array. Step 1: Turn on your computer and press Del to enter BIOS Setup during POST (Power-On Self Test). In BIOS Setup, go to Integrated Periperals --> Serial-ATA RAID Config (Figure 1).
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Integrated Peripherals Serial-ATA RAID Config On-Chip IDE Channel0 On-Chip MAC Lan NV Serial-ATA Controller IDE Prefetch Moed Onboard Audio Function SMART LAN Onboard 1394 Onboard LAN Boot ROM Onboard Serial Port 1 Onboard Parallel Port Parallel Port Mode x ECP Mode Use DMA On-Chip USB USB Keyboard Support USB Mouse Support Legacy USB storage detect [Press Enter] [Enabled] [Auto] [All Enabled] [Enabled] [Auto] [Press Enter] [Enabled] [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [378/IRQ7] [SPP] 3 [V1.1+V2.0] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] Item Help Menu Level
Figure 1 Ensure that NV SATA RAID function is enabled (Figure 2). Then enable the SATA controller/channel with hard disks that you want to use for RAID (NV SATA 1 controls the SATAII1 and SATAII2 connectors; NV SATA 2 controls the SATAII3 and SATAII4 connectors. For example, if you wish to create RAID with hard disks on the SATAII1 and SATAII2 connectors, ensure that NV SATA 1 Primary RAID and NV SATA 1 Secondary RAID are enabled (Figure 2).
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Serial-ATA RAID Config NV SATA RAID function NV SATA 1 Primary RAID NV SATA 1 Secondary RAID NV SATA 2 Primary RAID NV SATA 2 Secondary RAID [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] Item Help Menu Level
Figure 2 The BIOS Setup menus described in this section may not show the exact settings for your motherboard. The actual BIOS Setup menu options you will see shall depend on the motherboard you have and the BIOS version. GA-M55S-S3 (rev. 2.0) Motherboard - 68 -

Figure 10 (Note)

Figure 11
For users without a startup disk: Use an alternative system and insert the GIGABYTE motherboard driver CD-ROM. From the CD-ROM drive folder, double click the MENU.exe file in the BootDrv folder (Figure 12). A command prompt window will open similar to that in Figure 11.

Figure 12 - 73 Appendix

(5) Installing SATA controller driver during OS installation
Now that you have prepared the SATA driver disk and configured BIOS settings, you are ready to install Windows 2000/XP onto your SATA hard drive with the SATA driver. The following is an example of Windows XP installation. Step 1: Restart your system to boot from the Windows 2000/XP Setup disk and press F6 as soon as you see the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver" message (Figure 13). After pressing F6, there will be a few moments of some files being loaded before you see the next screen.

Windows Setup

Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.
Figure 13 Step 2: When a screen similar to that below appears, insert the floppy disk containing the SATA driver and press S (Figure 14).
Windows Setup Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter. Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s) <none> * To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S. * If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device ENTER=Continue F3=Exit

Figure 14

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Step 3: If Setup correctly recognizes the driver in the floppy disk, a controller menu similar to Figure 15 below will appear. Use the ARROW keys to select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (Figure 15) and press ENTER. Later, when a screen similar to Figure 16 appears, you must press S to select additional driver. The screen will return to previous screen as shown in Figure 15. Select NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller and press ENTER.
Windows Setup You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows, using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer. Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC to return to the previous screen.
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required) NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)

ENTER=Select F3=Exit

Figure 15
Windows Setup Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s): NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required) * To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S. * If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.

Figure 16 If a message appears saying one or some file(s) cannot be found, please check the floppy disk or copy the correct SATA driver again from the motherboard driver CD.

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Step 4: When the next screen (Figure 17) appears, press ENTER to continue the SATA driver installation from the floppy disk.
Windows Setup Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s): NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required) NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required) * To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S. * If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.

Figure 17

After the SATA controller driver installation is completed, you can proceed with the Windows 2000/XP installation.
WindowsXP Professional Setup Welcome to Setup. This port of the Setup program prepares Microsoft(R) Windows (R) XP to run on your computer. To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

Enter= Continue

R=Repair

F3=Exit

Figure 18
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4-1-5 2- / 4- / 6- / 8- Channel Audio Function Introduction
The default speaker settings for the 6 audio jacks are as shown in the picture to the right. The jack retasking capability supported by HD Audio allows users to change the function for each audio jack by the audio software provided. For example, if a rear speaker is plugged into the center/subwoofer speaker out jack, you can change the center/ subwoofer speaker out jack to fucntion as a rear speaker out jack via the audio software.Please follow the steps to install the function. (Following pictures are in Windows XP)
Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Side Speaker Out
Line In Line Out (Front Speaker Out) Mic In
Note that if you wish to connect a microphone, you MUST connect it to the default Mic In jack for the microphone to work correctly. HD Audio With multiple built-in high quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that support audio output at up to 192 kHz/24-bit quality and multi-streaming applications, HD Audio is able to handle multiple audio streams (in and out) simultaneously. Multi-channel audio experiences have become a reality so you can, for instance, listen to MP3 music, have an Internet chat, make a telephone call over the Internet, and etc. all at the same time.

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Socket Lever

Fig.1 Position lever at a 90 degree angle.
Fig.2 Pin 1 location on the socket and processor. Gently place the CPU into position making 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 and gently press the metal lever back into its original position.

Pin One

Please use extra care when installing the CPU. The CPU will not fit if positioned incorrectly. Rather than applying force, please change the positioning of the CPU.

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1-3-2 Installation of the CPU Cooler
Fig.1 Before installing the CPU cooler, please first add an even layer of heat paste on the surface of the CPU. Install all the CPU cooler components (Please refer to the cooler manual for detailed installation instructions).
Fig.2 Please connect the CPU cooler power connector to the CPU_FAN connector located on the motherboard so that the CPU cooler can properly function to prevent CPU overheating.
The CPU cooler may adhere to the CPU as a result of hardening of the heat paste. To prevent such an occurrence, it is suggested that either thermal tape rather than heat paste be used for heat dissipation or using extreme care when removing the CPU cooler.

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Installation of Memory
Before installing the memory modules, please comply with the following conditions: 1. Please make sure that the memory used is supported by the motherboard. It is recommended that memory of similar capacity, specifications and brand be used. 2. Before installing or removing memory modules, please make sure that the computer power is switched off to prevent hardware damage. 3. Memory modules have a foolproof insertion design. A memory module can be installed in only one direction. If you are unable to insert the module, please switch the direction.
The motherboard supports DDRII memory modules, whereby BIOS will automatically detect memory capacity and specifications. Memory modules are designed so that they can be inserted only in one direction. The memory capacity used can differ with each slot.

DDR II

Fig.1 The DIMM socket has a notch, so the DIMM memory module can only fit in one direction. Insert the DIMM memory module vertically into the DIMM socket. Then push it down.

Fig.2 Close the plastic clip at both edges of the DIMM sockets to lock the DIMM module. Reverse the installation steps when you wish to remove the DIMM module.

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Dual Channel Memory Configuration
The GA-M55S-S3 supports the Dual Channel Technology. After operating the Dual Channel Technology, the bandwidth of Memory Bus will double. Due to CPU limitation, if you wish to operate the Dual Channel Technology, follow the guidelines below: 1. Dual Channel mode will not be enabled if only one memory module is installed. 2. To enable Dual Channel mode with two memory modules (it is recommended to use memory modules of identical brand, size, chips, and speed), you must install them into DIMM sockets of the same color. 3. To enable Dual Channel mode with four memory modules, it is recommended to use memory modules of identical brand, size, chips, and speed. The following is a Dual Channel Memory configuration table: (DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side, "--": Empty)
DIMM Socket 2 memory modules 4 memory modules DDRII_1 DS/SS -DS/SS DDRII_2 DS/SS -DS/SS DDRII_ 3 -DS/SS DS/SS DDRII_4 -DS/SS DS/SS
If two memory modules are to be used to achieve Dual Channel mode, we recommend installing them in DDRII_1 and DDRII_2 DIMM sockets.

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Installation of Expansion Cards
You can install your expansion card by following the steps outlined below: 1. Read the related expansion card's instruction document before install the expansion card into the computer. 2. Remove your computer's chassis cover, screws and slot bracket from the computer. 3. Press the expansion card firmly into expansion slot in motherboard. 4. Be sure the metal contacts on the card are indeed seated in the slot. 5. Replace the screw to secure the slot bracket of the expansion card. 6. Replace your computer's chassis cover. 7. Power on the computer, if necessary, setup BIOS utility of expansion card from BIOS. 8. Install related driver from the operating system. Installing a PCI Express x16 expansion card:
Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the PCI Express x16 slot when you try to install/ uninstall the VGA card. Please align the VGA card to the onboard PCI Express x16 slot and press firmly down on the slot. Make sure your VGA card is locked by the small white-drawable bar. To install a VGA card or to release an installed card, users can also press the latch on the back of the drawable bar as the picture to the left shows.

15) SPDIF_I (SPDIF In Connector)
Use SPDIF IN feature only when your device has digital output function. Be careful with the polarity of the SPDIF_I connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the SPDIF cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional SPDIF cable, please contact your local dealer.
Definition Power SPDIFI GND

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16) F_ USB1 / F_USB2 / F_USB3 (Front USB Connector)
Be careful with the polarity of the front USB connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the front USB cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional front USB cable, please contact your local dealer.
Definition Power (5V) Power (5V) USB DXUSB DyUSB DX+ USB Dy+ GND GND No Pin NC
17) F1_1394 / F2_1394 (Front IEEE 1394 Connector)
Serial interface standard set by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which has features like high speed, highbandwidth and hot plug. Be careful with the polarity of the IEEE1394 connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the IEEE1394 cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional IEEE1394 cable, please contact your local dealer.
Definition TPA+ TPAGND GND TPB+ TPBNo Pin Power (12V) Power (12V) GND

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18) CI (Chassis Intrusion, Case Open)
This 2-pin connector allows your system to detect if the chassis cover is removed. You can check the "Case Opened" status in BIOS Setup.

Definition Signal GND

19) CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS)
You may clear the CMOS data to its default values by this header. To clear CMOS, temporarily short the two pins. Default doesn't include the jumper to avoid improper use of this header.

Open: Normal

Short: Clear CMOS

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Chapter 2 BIOS Setup

BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) includes a CMOS SETUP utility which allows user to configure required settings or to activate certain system features. The CMOS SETUP saves the configuration in the CMOS SRAM of the motherboard. When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS SRAM. When the power is turned on, pressing the <Del> button during the BIOS POST (Power-On Self Test) will take you to the CMOS SETUP screen. You can enter the BIOS setup screen by pressing "Ctrl + F1". If you wish to upgrade to a new BIOS, either Gigabyte's Q-Flash or @BIOS utility can be used. Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily update or backup BIOS without entering the operating system. @BIOS is a Windows-based utility that does not require users to boot to DOS before upgrading BIOS but directly download and update BIOS from the Internet.

If you can't find the setting you want, please press "Ctrl+F1" to search the advanced option hidden. Please Load Optimized Defaults in the BIOS when somehow the system works not stable as usual. This action makes the system reset to the default for stability.

BIOS Setting Recovery

F11 : Save CMOS to BIOS This function allows you to make a record of the current CMOS settings as a profile. You can create up to 8 profiles (Profile 1-8) and give each of them a name. F12 : Load CMOS from BIOS If your system becomes unstable and you load the default BIOS settings, you can use this function to reload the CMOS settings with a CMOS settings profile created before, without the hassles of resetting the CMOS configurations.

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Standard CMOS Features
This setup page includes all the items in standard compatible BIOS.

Advanced BIOS Features

This setup page includes all the items of Award special enhanced features.

Integrated Peripherals

This setup page includes all onboard peripherals.

Power Management Setup

This setup page includes all the items of Green function features.

PnP/PCI Configuration

This setup page includes all the configurations of PCI & PnP ISA resources.

PC Health Status

This setup page is about system autodetect temperature, voltage, fan speed, etc.
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
This setup page is to control CPU clock and frequency ratio.

Load Fail-Safe Defaults

Fail-Safe Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in safe configuration.

Load Optimized Defaults

Optimized Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in best performance configuration.

Set Supervisor Password

Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system and Setup, or just to Setup.

Set User Password

Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system.

Save & Exit Setup

Save CMOS value settings to CMOS and exit setup.

Exit Without Saving

Abandon all CMOS value changes and exit setup.

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BIOS Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Date (mm:dd:yy) Time (hh:mm:ss) IDE Channel 0 Master IDE Channel 0 Slave IDE Channel 2 Master IDE Channel 3 Master IDE Channel 4 Master IDE Channel 5 Master Drive A Drive B Floppy 3 Mode Support Halt On Base Memory Extended Memory Fri, Jun 9:45:15 [None] [None] [None] [None] [None] [None] [1.44M, 3.5"] [None] [Disabled] [All, But Keyboard] 640K 511M <Year> 1999 to 2098 Item Help Menu Level Change the day, month, year <Week> Sun. to Sat. <Month> Jan. to Dec. <Day> 1 to 31 (or maximum allowed in the month)
: Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults

F10: Save

ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults
The date format is <week>, <month>, <day>, <year>. Week The week, from Sun to Sat, determined by the BIOS and is display only Month The month, Jan. Through Dec. Day The day, from 1 to 31 (or the maximum allowed in the month) Year The year, from 1999 through 2098
The times format in <hour> <minute> <second>. The time is calculated based on the 24-hour military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00.
IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection. IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave devices setup. You can use one of three methods: Auto Allows BIOS to automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during POST. (Default value) None Select this if no IDE/SATA devices are used and the system will skip the automatic detection step and allow for faster system start up. Manual User can manually input the correct settings. Access Mode Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The four options are: CHS/LBA/Large/Auto(default:Auto)
IDE Channel 2/3/4/5 Master
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection. Extended IDE Drive You can use one of the two methods: Auto Allows BIOS to automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during POST(default) None Select this if no IDE/SATA devices are used and the system will skip the automatic detection step and allow for faster system start up. GA-M55S-S3 Motherboard - 32 -
Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The two options are: Large/Auto(default:Auto) Capacity Capacity of currently installed hard drive. Hard drive information should be labeled on the outside drive casing. Enter the appropriate option based on this information. Cylinder Number of cylinders Head Number of heads Precomp Write precomp Landing Zone Landing zone Sector Number of sectors

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

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Power On By Mouse
Disabled Double-Click Disabled Password Any KEY Keyboard 98 Disabled this function. (Default value) Double click on PS/2 mouse left button to power on the system. Disabled this function. (Default value) Enter from 1 to 5 characters to set the Keyboard Power On Password. Press any key to power on the system. If your keyboard have "POWER Key" button, you can press the key to power on the system.

Power On By Keyboard

KB Power ON Password
When "Power On by Keyboard" is set to Password, you can set the password here. Enter Input password (from 1 to 5 characters) and press Enter to set the Keyboard Power On password.

AC BACK Function

Soft-Off Full-On When AC-power back to the system, the system will be in "Off" state. (Default value) When AC-power back to the system, the system always in "On" state.

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PnP/PCI Configurations
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software PnP/PCI Configurations PCI 2 IRQ Assignment PCI 1 IRQ Assignment [Auto] [Auto] Item Help Menu Level

PCI 2 IRQ Assignment

Auto 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 Auto assign IRQ to PCI 2. (Default value) Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 2. Auto assign IRQ to PCI 1. (Default value) Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 1.

PCI 1 IRQ Assignment

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

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CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software PC Health Status Reset Case Open Status Case Opened Vcore DDR18V +3.3V +12V Current CPU Temperature Current CPU FAN Speed Current POWER FAN Speed Current SYSTEM FAN Speed CPU Warning Temperature CPU FAN Fail Warning CPU Smart FAN Control (Note) CPU Smart FAN Mode [Disabled] Yes OK OK OK OK 45 oC 3245 RPM 0 RPM 0 RPM [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto] Item Help Menu Level

Incorrectly using these features may result in system instability or corruption. Doing a overclock or overvoltage on CPU, chipsets and memory modules may result in damages or shortened life expectancy to these components. Please be aware that the M.I.T. menu items are for power users only.

CPU Frequency (MHz)

200 ~ 500 Set CPU Frequency from 200MHz to 500MHz. (Default value: Auto) Set PCIE Clock from 100MHz to 200MHz. (Default value: Auto)

PCIE Clock (MHz)

100 ~ 200

CPU Clock Ratio

This setup option will automatically assign by CPU detection. The option will display "Locked" and read only or will not show up if the CPU ratio is not changeable.

DDR2 Voltage Control

Please note that by overclocking your system through the increase of the DDR2 voltage, damage to the memory may occur. Normal Set DDR2 voltage to Normal. (Default value) +0.025V ~ +0.700V Set DDR2 voltage from +0.025V to +0.700V.

Chipset/PCIE Voltage

Set the voltage settings for chipset and PCI Express bus. Normal Set chipset and PCE Express bus voltage to Normal. (Default value) +0.025V ~ +0.375V Set chipset and PCE Express bus voltage from +0.025V to +0.375V.

HT-Link Voltage

Set the voltage settings for HT-Link. Normal Set HT-Link voltage to Normal. (Default value) +0.025V ~ +0.375V Set HT-Link voltage from +0.025V to +0.375V.

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CPU HT-Link Voltage
Set the voltage settings for the HT-Link between CPU and chipset. Normal Set CPU HT-Link voltage to Normal. (Default value) +0.025V ~ +0.375V Set CPU HT-Link voltage from +0.025V to +0.375V.

CPU Voltage Control

Please note that by overclocking your system through the increase of the CPU voltage, damage to the CPU or decrease in the CPU life expectancy may occur. Supports adjustable CPU Voltage from 0.8000V to 1.5500V. (Default value: Normal)

Normal CPU Vcore

Display your CPU Vcore Voltage.

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CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Esc: Quit F8: Q-Flash : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Fail-Safe Defaults F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS 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
Fail-Safe defaults contain the most appropriate values of the system parameters that allow minimum system performance.

Precautions:

1. 2. 3. 4. When using hard disks with more than 128G under Windows 2000, be sure to execute the EnableBigLba.exe program from the driver CD before data backup. It is normal that data backup takes longer time than data restoration. Xpress Recovery2 is compliant with the GPL regulations. On a few motherboards based on Nvidia chipsets, BIOS update is required for Xpress Recovery2 to correctly identify RAID and SATA IDE mode. Please contact your motherboard manufacturer.

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Appendix
4-1-3 Flash BIOS Method Introduction
Method 1 : Q-FlashTM Utility
Q-Flash TM is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. With this utility, users only have to stay in the BIOS menu when they want to update BIOS. Q-Flash TM allows users to flash BIOS without any utility in DOS or Windows. Using Q-Flash TM indicates no more fooling around with any complicated instructions and operating system since it is in the BIOS menu. Please note that because updating BIOS has potential risk, please do it with caution!! We are sorry that Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd is not responsible for damages of system because of incorrect manipulation of updating BIOS to avoid any claims from end-users.

Before You Begin:

Before you start updating BIOS with the Q-Flash TM utility, please follow the steps below first. 1. 2. 3. Download the latest BIOS for your motherboard from Gigabyte's website. Extract the BIOS file downloaded and save the BIOS file (the one with model name.Fxx. For example, 8KNXPU.Fba) to a floppy disk. Reboot your PC and press Del to enter BIOS menu.
The BIOS upgrading guides below are separated into two parts. If your motherboard has dual-BIOS, please refer to Part One. If your motherboard has single-BIOS, please refer to Part Two.
Part One: Updating BIOS with Q-FlashTM Utility on Dual BIOS Motherboards.
Some of Gigabyte motherboards are equipped with dual BIOS. In the BIOS menu of the motherboards supporting Q-Flash and Dual BIOS, the Q-Flash utility and Dual BIOS utility are combined in the same screen. This section only deals with how to use Q-Flash utility. In the following sections, we take GA-8KNXP Ultra as the example to guide you how to flash BIOS from an older version to the latest version. For example, from Fa3 to Fba.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file is Fa3 before updating
Intel i875P AGPset BIOS for 8KNXP Ultra Fa3 Check System Health OK , VCore = 1.5250 Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.6GHz (133x12) <CPUID : 0F27 Patch ID : 0027> Memory Testing : 131072K OK Memory Frequency 266 MHz in Single Channel Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08 Primary Slave : None Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101 Secondary Slave : None

Q-Flash Utility V1.30 Flash Type/Size..SST 49LF003A 256K
1 file(s) found 8GE800.F4Keep DMI Data Enable 256K Update BIOS from Floppy Floppy Total size : 1.39M Save BIOS toFree size : 1.14M Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F5 : Refresh DEL : Delete F10:Power Off Q-Flash Utility V1.30 Flash Type/Size..SST 49LF003A Keep DMI Data Enable Reading BIOS file from floppy. Update BIOS from >>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System
Do not turn off power or reset your system at

this stage!!

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Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS. Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be shown at the same time.
Keep DMI Data BIOS Now Updating Enable Update BIOS from Floppy >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.. Save BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System
Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Keep DMI Data Enable !! Copy BIOS completed - Pass !! Update BIOS from Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy Please press any key to continue :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
Keep DMI Data Enable Are you sure to RESET ? Update BIOS from Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy [Enter] to continure or [Esc] to abort. Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
The BIOS file becomes F4 after updating
Intel 845GE AGPSet BIOS for 8GE800 F4 Check System Health OK Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.7GHz (100x17.0) <CPUID : 0F0A Patch ID : 0009> Memory Testing : 122880K OK + 8192K Shared Memory Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08 Primary Slave : None Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101 Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Q-Flash 03/18/2003-I845GE-6A69YG01C-00
Press Del to enter BIOS menu after system reboots and "Load BIOS Optimized Defaults". See how to Load BIOS Optimized Defaults, please kindly refer to Step 6 to 7 in Part One.
Congratulation!! You have updated BIOS successfully!!

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Method 2 : @BIOSTM Utility
If you do not have a DOS startup disk, we recommend that you use the new @BIOS utility. @BIOS allows users to update their BIOS under Windows. Just select the desired @BIOS server to download the latest version of BIOS. Fig 1. Installing the @BIOS utility Fig 2. Installation Complete and Run @BIOS
Click Start/ Programs/ Gigabyte/ BIOS/ @BIOS
Select @BIOS item than click Install

Fig 3. The @BIOS Utility

Fig 4. Select the desired @BIOS server

Click " "

Click "Update New BIOS"

1. Methods and steps:

I. Update BIOS through Internet a. Click "Internet Update" icon b. Click "Update New BIOS" icon c. Select @BIOS TM sever d. Select the exact model name on your motherboard e. System will automatically download and update the BIOS. II. Update BIOS NOT through Internet: a. Do not click "Internet Update" icon b. Click "Update New BIOS" c. Please select "All Files" in dialog box while opening the old file. d. Please search for BIOS unzip file, downloading from internet or any other methods (such as: M55SS3.F1). e. Complete update process following the instruction.

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III. Save BIOS In the very beginning, there is "Save Current BIOS" icon shown in dialog box. It means to save the current BIOS version. IV. Check out supported motherboard and Flash ROM: In the very beginning, there is "About this program" icon shown in dialog box. It can help you check out which kind of motherboard and which brand of Flash ROM are supported.

2. Note:

In method I, if it shows two or more motherboard's model names to be selected, please make sure your motherboard's model name again. Selecting wrong model name will cause the system unbooted. II. In method II, be sure that motherboard's model name in BIOS unzip file are the same as your motherboard's. Otherwise, your system won't boot. III. In method I, if the BIOS file you need cannot be found in @BIOS TM server, please go onto Gigabyte's web site for downloading and updating it according to method II. IV. Please note that any interruption during updating will cause system unbooted. V. Do not use @BIOS and C.O.M. (Corporate Online Management) at the same time. I.

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4-1-4 Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) To configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:
(1) Install SATA hard drive(s) in your system. (2) (3) (4) (5) Configure SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup. Configure RAID set in RAID BIOS.(Note) Make a floppy disk containing the SATA controller driver. Install the SATA controller driver during OS installation.

Before you begin

Please prepare: (a) At least two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two hard drives with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID, you may prepare only one hard drive. (b) An empty formatted floppy disk. (c) Windows XP/2000 setup disk. (d) Driver CD for your motherboard.

(3) Configuring RAID set in RAID BIOS
Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. Skip this step and proceed to Section 4 if you do not want to create RAID. Step 1: After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message which says "Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility" (Figure 4). Hit the F10 key to enter the RAID BIOS setup utility.
MediaShield ROM BIOS 6.55 Copyright (C) 2006 NVIDIA Corp. Detecting array. Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility.
Figure 4 Step 2: The Define a New Array screen is the first option screen when you enter the NVIDIA RAID setup utility. (Figure 5). You can press the TAB key to highlight through options. Step 3: In the RAID Mode field, use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to select a RAID mode. The supported RAID modes include Mirroring, Striping, Stripe Mirroring and Spanning. The following is an example of RAID 0 array creation. Step 4: If RAID 0 (Striping) is selected, you can manually set the striping block size. In the Striping Block field, use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to set the Striping Block size. The KB is the standard unit of Striping Block size. We recommend you leaving it to the default setting--Optimal (64K). The size range is from 4K to 128K.
MediaShield Utility Mar - Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks Loc Disk Model 2.0.M 2.1.M ST3120026AS ST3120026AS
Capacity 111.79GB 111.79GB [ ] Add
Array Disks Loc Disk Model

Capacity

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

Figure 5

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Step 5: Next, select the hard drives which you wish to be included in the disk array. The Free Disks section displays the information about the currently installed SATA hard drives. Press the TAB key to move to the Free Disks section. 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 section (Figure 6).
MediaShield Utility Mar - Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks Loc Disk Model

Capacity [ ] Add

Array Disks Loc Disk Model 2.0.M 2.1.M ST3120026AS ST3120026AS

Figure 10 (Note)

Figure 11
For users without a startup disk: Use an alternative system and insert the GIGABYTE motherboard driver CD-ROM. From the CD-ROM drive folder, double click the MENU.exe file in the BootDrv folder (Figure 12). A command prompt window will open similar to that in Figure 11.

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(5) Installing SATA controller driver during OS installation
Now that you have prepared the SATA driver disk and configured BIOS settings, you are ready to install Windows 2000/XP onto your SATA hard drive with the SATA driver. The following is an example of Windows XP installation. Step 1: Restart your system to boot from the Windows 2000/XP Setup disk and press F6 as soon as you see the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver" message (Figure 13). After pressing F6, there will be a few moments of some files being loaded before you see the next screen.

Windows Setup

Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.
Figure 13 Step 2: When a screen similar to that below appears, insert the floppy disk containing the SATA driver and press S (Figure 14).
Windows Setup Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter. Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s) <none> * To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S. * If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device ENTER=Continue F3=Exit

Figure 14

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Step 3: If Setup correctly recognizes the driver in the floppy disk, a controller menu similar to Figure 15 below will appear. Use the ARROW keys to select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER* (Figure 15) and press ENTER. Later, when a screen similar to Figure 16 appears, you must press S to select additional driver. The screen will return to previous screen as shown in Figure 15. Select NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller and press ENTER.
Windows Setup You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows, using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer. Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC to return to the previous screen.
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required) NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)

 

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