GA-946GMX-S2

LGA775 socket motherboard for Intel® CoreTM processor family/ Intel® Pentium® processor family/Intel® Celeron® processor family

User's Manual
Rev. 1001 12ME-946GMX2R-1001R

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Motherboard GA-946GMX-S2

Motherboard

GA-946GMX-S2

Apr. 13, 2007
Apr. 13, 2007

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Identifying Your Motherboard Revision
The revision number on your motherboard looks like this: "REV: X.X." For example, "REV: 1.0" means the revision of the motherboard is 1.0. Check your motherboard revision before updating motherboard BIOS, drivers, or when looking for technical information. Example:

Table of Contents
Optional Items ................................................................................................................. 6 Box Contents ................................................................................................................. 6 GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard Layout ............................................................................ 7 Block Diagram ................................................................................................................ 8 Chapter 1 Hardware Installation .................................................................................... 9
1-1 1-2 1-3 Installation Precautions ..................................................................................... 9 Product Specifications .................................................................................... 10 Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler .............................................................. 12
1-3-1 1-3-2 Installing the CPU ................................................................................................ 12 Installing the CPU Cooler ................................................................................... 14 Dual Channel Memory Configuration ................................................................ 15 Installing a Memory ............................................................................................. 16

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Installing the Memory ..................................................................................... 15
1-4-1 1-4-2

1-5 1-6 1-7

Installing an Expansion Card ......................................................................... 17 Back Panel Connectors ................................................................................. 18 Internal Connectors ........................................................................................ 20

Chapter 2 BIOS Setup ................................................................................................. 31
2-1 2-2 2-3 2-4 2-5 2-6 2-7 2-8 2-9 2-10 2-11 2-12 2-13 2-14 Startup Screen ................................................................................................ 32 The Main Menu .............................................................................................. 33 Standard CMOS Features ............................................................................. 35 Advanced BIOS Features .............................................................................. 37 Integrated Peripherals ..................................................................................... 40 Power Management Setup ............................................................................. 43 PnP/PCI Configurations ................................................................................. 45 PC Health Status ........................................................................................... 46 Frequency/Voltage Control ............................................................................. 48 Load Fail-Safe Defaults ................................................................................... 50 Load Optimized Defaults ................................................................................. 50 Set Supervisor/User Password ..................................................................... 51 Save & Exit Setup ......................................................................................... 52 Exit Without Saving ....................................................................................... 52
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.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 78 5-2 Troubleshooting .............................................. 53 3-1 3-2 3-3 3-4 3-5 Installing Chipset Drivers ........................................................................................................................... 74 Using the Sound Recorder ........Chapter 3 Drivers Installation ................................... 62 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility ...1/7........................................................... 54 Hardware Information ................ 57 BIOS Update Utilities ....................... 77 5-2-1 5-2-2 -5- .................................................................................................................................................................................. 76 Frequently Asked Questions .............................. 55 Contact Us ............................................. 54 Driver CD Information .................................................................................. 69 Installing the S/PDIF In and Out Cable (Optional) .... 62 4-2-1 4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility ............................ 72 Configuring Microphone Recording ...................... 77 Troubleshooting Procedure ................................................................................. 69 5-1-1 5-1-2 5-1-3 5-1-4 Configuring 2/4/5..............................................1-Channel Audio ............................ 57 4-1 4-2 Xpress Recovery2 .... 65 4-3 EasyTune 5 . 55 Chapter 4 Unique Features ..................................................................................................... 69 5-1 Configuring Audio Input and Output ................... 67 Chapter 5 Appendix .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 53 Software Applications ..............................................................................................................

12CR1-1UB030-21/R) SATA bracket (Part No. 12CF1-1CM001-31/R) S/PDIF in and out cable (Part No. 12CF1-3SATPW-01R/11R) COM port cable (Part No.Box Contents GA-946GMX-S2 motherboard Driver CD-ROM User's Manual Intel® LGA775 CPU Installation Guide One IDE cable and one floppy disk drive cable One SATA 3Gb/s cables I/O Shield The box contents above are for reference only and the actual items shall depend on product package you obtain. 12CR1-1UB030-51/R) 4-port USB 2.0 bracket (Part No. The box contents are subject to change without notice. 12CR1-1SPINO-11/R) -6- . Optional Items 2-port USB 2.0 bracket (Part No.

GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard Layout KB_MS CPU_FAN IT8718 COMA LGA775 ATX_12V LPT FDD VGA R_USB BATTERY CLR_CMOS AUDIO SYS_FAN F_AUDIO PCIE_16 Intel ® 946GZ GA-946GMX-S2 DDRII1 USB LAN PCI1 RTL8110SC DDRII2 IDE ATX PWR_LED PCI2 Intel® ICH7 CI MBIOS CODEC SPDIF_IO PCIE_4 SATAII0 SATAII2 CD_IN COMB F_USB1 F_USB2 SATAII1 SATAII3 -7- F_PANEL .

-8- .(266/200/133 MHz) VGA Host Interface DDR2 667/533 MHz (Note) Dual Channel Memory GMCH CLK (266/200/133 MHz) PCI Express x16 Intel® 946GZ 1 PCI Express x4 ATA-100/66/33 IDE Channel x4 Intel® ICH7 BIOS 4 SATA 3Gb/s 8 USB Ports x1 RTL 8110SC RJ45 LAN Surround Speaker Out Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Side Speaker Out PCIe CLK (100 MHz) PCI Express Bus PCI Bus Floppy IT8718 CODEC LPT Port COM Ports PS/2 KB/Mouse MIC Line-Out Line-In SPDIF In SPDIF Out 2 PCI PCI CLK (33 MHz) (Note) Use of a 1066/800 MHz FSB CPU is required if you wish to install DDR2 667 MHz memory.Block Diagram PCIe CLK (100 MHz) LGA775 Processor CPU CLK+/.

do not allow screws to come in contact with the motherboard circuit or its components. Before using the product. please consult a certified computer technician. keep your hands dry and first touch a metal object to eliminate static electricity. Before turning on the power. please verify that all cables and power connectors of your hardware components are connected. When handling the motherboard. • • • • • • • • • • -9- Hardware Installation . To prevent damage to the motherboard. Prior to installing the motherboard. do not remove or break motherboard S/N (Serial Number) sticker or • • • • warranty sticker provided by your dealer. avoid touching any metal leads or connectors. Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware components. carefully read the user's manual and follow these procedures: • Prior to installation. Do not place the computer system in a high-temperature environment. Prior to installation. Before unplugging the power supply cable from the motherboard. CPU or memory. It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling electronic components such as a motherboard. If you do not have an ESD wrist strap. Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system components as well as physical harm to the user. These stickers are required for warranty validation. If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product. When connecting hardware components to the internal connectors on the motherboard. make sure the power supply has been turned off. make sure they are connected tightly and securely. please have it on top of an antistatic pad or within a electrostatic shielding container. Do not place the computer system on an uneven surface. Make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the computer casing.Chapter 1 1-1 Hardware Installation English Installation Precautions The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). make sure the power supply voltage has been set according to the local voltage standard.

8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 2 GB of system memory Dual channel memory architecture Support for DDR2 667/533 MHz (Note 1) memory modules (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.1 ports (4 on the back panel.0/1.1 headers 1 x chassis intrusion header 1 x power LED header TM TM TM Front Side Bus Chipset Memory Onboard Graphics Audio LAN Expansion Slots Storage Interface USB Internal Connectors GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices . 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers) 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector 1 x floppy disk drive connector 1 x IDE connector 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors 1 x CPU fan header 1 x system fan header 1 x front panel header 1 x front panel audio header 1 x CD In connector 1 x S/PDIF In/Out header 2 x USB 2.10 - .) Integrated in the North Bridge Realtek ALC888 codec High Definition Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel Support for S/PDIF In/Out Support for CD In RTL 8110SC chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) 1 x PCI Express x16 slot 1 x PCI Express x4 slot 2 x PCI slots South Bridge: .0/1.) Support for Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology L2 cache varies with CPU 1066/800/533 MHz FSB North Bridge: Intel ® 946GZ Express Chipset South Bridge: Intel ® ICH7 2 x 1.English 1-2 CPU Product Specifications Support for an Intel® Core 2 Extreme processor/ Intel ® Core 2 Quad processor/Intel ® Core 2 Duo processor/ Intel ® Pentium ® processor Extreme Edition/Intel ® Pentium ® D processor/ Intel ® Pentium ® 4 processor Extreme Edition/Intel ® Pentium ® 4 processor/ Intel ® Celeron® D processor in the LGA 775 package (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive .4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices Integrated in the South Bridge Up to 8 USB 2.

0.) Micro ATX form factor.4cm (Note 1) Use of a 1066/800 MHz FSB CPU is required if you wish to install DDR2 667 MHz memory.3. 22.1 ports 1 x RJ-45 port 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone) iTE IT8718 chip System voltage detection CPU/System temperature detection CPU/System fan speed detection CPU overheating warning CPU/System fan fail warning CPU fan speed control 1 x 4 Mbit flash Use of licensed AWARD BIOS PnP 1.English Back Panel Connectors I/O Controller Hardware Monitor BIOS Unique Features Bundled Software Operating System Form Factor 1 x PS/2 keyboard port 1 x PS/2 mouse port 1 x parallel port 1 x serial port 1 x VGA port 4 x USB 2. .0b Support for @BIOS Support for Download Center Support for Q-Flash Support for EasyTune (Note 2) Support for Xpress Install Support for Xpress Recovery2 Support for Virtual Dual BIOS Norton Internet Security (OEM version) Support for Microsoft ® Windows® Vista/XP/2000 (Go to GIGABYTE's website for operating system support information.0/1.11 Hardware Installation . (Note 2) Available functions in Easytune may differ by motherboard model. SM BIOS 2.0cm x 24. DMI 2. ACPI 1.0a.

(Or you may locate the notches on both sides of the CPU and alignment keys on the CPU socket." for instructions on enabling the HT Technology.) • Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the CPU." "Advanced BIOS Features. The CPU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly. hard drive. It is not recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it does not meet the standard requirements for the peripherals. LGA775 CPU Socket Alignment Key Alignment Key Pin One Corner of the CPU Socket LGA 775 CPU Notch Notch Triangle Pin One Marking on the CPU GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . graphics card.English 1-3 Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the CPU: • Make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.) • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the CPU to prevent hardware damage. (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list. "BIOS Setup. Hyper-Threading Technology System Requirements: (Go to Intel's website for more information about the Hyper-Threading Technology) • An Intel ® CPU that supports HT Technology • A chipset that supports HT Technology • An operating system that is optimized for HT Technology • A BIOS that supports HT Technology and has it enabled (Refer to Chapter 2. If you wish to set the frequency beyond the standard specifications. • Do not turn on the computer if the CPU cooler is not installed. otherwise overheating and damage of the CPU may occur. please do so according to your hardware specifications including the CPU. • Locate the pin one of the CPU. etc. memory.) 1-3-1 Installing the CPU A. Locate the alignment keys on the motherboard CPU socket and the notches on the CPU. • Set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the CPU specifications.12 - .

B. Step 3: Lift the metal load plate on the CPU socket. Step 2: Remove the protective socket cover. . make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the CPU. Align the CPU pin one marking (triangle) with the pin one corner of the CPU socket (or you may align the CPU notches with the socket alignment keys) and gently insert the CPU into position. Step 4: Hold the CPU with your thumb and index fingers. replace the load plate and push the CPU socket lever back into its locked position. Before installing the CPU. Step 5: Once the CPU is properly inserted.13 - Hardware Installation . Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU into the motherboard CPU socket. English CPU Socket Lever Step 1: Completely raise the CPU socket lever.

GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . attach the power connector of the CPU cooler to the CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) on the motherboard.14 - . Inadequately removing the CPU cooler may damage the CPU. Step 2: Before installing the cooler. of the arrow sign (Turning the push pin along the direction of arrow is to remove the cooler. aligning the four push pins through the pin holes on the motherboard. on the contrary. Use extreme care when removing the CPU cooler because the thermal grease/tape between the CPU cooler and CPU may adhere to the CPU. note the direction on the male push pin.) Step 5: After the installation. is to install. Step 6: Finally. If the push pin is inserted as the picture above.) Step 3: Place the cooler atop the CPU. Check that the Male and Female push pins are joined closely. check the back of the motherboard. (The following procedure uses Intel ® boxed cooler as the example cooler. (Refer to your CPU cooler installation manual for instructions on installing the cooler. Step 4: You should hear a "click" when pushing down each push pin.) Male Push Pin Direction of the Arrow Sign on the Male Push Pin The Top of Female Push Pin Female Push Pin Step 1: Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the installed CPU.English 1-3-2 Installing the CPU Cooler Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler on the motherboard. Push down on the push pins diagonally. the installation is complete.

read the following guidelines before installing the memory in Dual Channel mode. The two DDR2 memory sockets are divided into two channels and each channel has one memory socket as following: Channel 0: DDRII1 Channel 1: DDRII2 DDRII1 Due to chipset limitation. brand. Dual Channel mode cannot be enabled if only one DDR2 memory module is installed. speed. Enabling Dual Channel memory mode will double the original memory bandwidth. If you are unable to insert the memory. . After the memory is installed. switch the direction. A memory module can be installed in only one direction. • Memory modules have a foolproof design. It is recommended that memory of the same capacity. speed. brand. English 1-4-1 Dual Channel Memory Configuration This motherboard provides two DDR2 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology. and chips be used. When enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules. it is recommended that memory of the same capacity. 2.15 - DDRII2 Hardware Installation . and chips be used.) • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the memory to prevent hardware damage. 1. (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list. the BIOS will automatically detect the specifications and capacity of the memory.1-4 Installing the Memory Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory: • Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory.

16 - . Step 2: The clips at both ends of the socket will snap into place when the memory module is securely inserted. Notch DDR2 DIMM A DDR2 memory module has a notch. Place the memory module on the socket. place your fingers on the top edge of the memory. DDR2 DIMMs are not compatible to DDR DIMMs. Follow the steps below to correctly install your memory modules in the memory sockets. Step 1: Note the orientation of the memory module.English 1-4-2 Installing a Memory Before installing a memory module . push down on the memory and insert it vertically into the memory socket. Be sure to install DDR2 DIMMs on this motherboard. As indicated in the picture on the left. so it can only fit in one direction. Spread the retaining clips at both ends of the memory socket. make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the memory module. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .

1-5 Installing an Expansion Card Read the following guidelines before you begin to install an expansion card: • Make sure the motherboard supports the expansion card. If necessary. 7. . PCI Express x16 Slot English PCI Slot PCI Express x4 Slot Follow the steps below to correctly install your expansion card in the expansion slot.17 - Hardware Installation . 4. 2. Locate an expansion slot that supports your card. Install the driver provided with the expansion card in your operating system. 5. and press down on the card until it is fully seated in the slot. Remove the metal slot cover from the chassis back panel. Turn on your computer. replace the chassis cover(s). 6. Example: Installing and Removing a PCI Express x16 Graphics Card: • Installing a Graphics Card: Gently push down on the top edge of the card until it is fully inserted into the PCI Express x16 slot. 1. Make sure the metal contacts on the card are completely inserted into the slot. After installing all expansion cards. • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing an expansion card to prevent hardware damage. go to BIOS Setup to make any required BIOS changes for your expansion card(s). • Removing the Card: Gently push back on the lever on the slot and then lift the card straight out from the slot. Make sure the card is securely seated in the slot and does not rock. 3. Secure the card's metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw. Align the card with the slot. Carefully read the manual that came with your expansion card.

Use this port for USB devices such as an USB keyboard/mouse. VGA Port The VGA port supports a 15-pin VGA connector (D-Sub). Do not rock it side to side to prevent an electrical short inside the cable connector. modem or other peripherals.18 - . GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .English 1-6 Back Panel Connectors PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Port Use the upper port (green) to connect a PS/2 mouse and the lower port (purple) to connect a PS/2 keyboard.1 specification. RJ-45 LAN Port The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 1 Gbps data rate. first remove the cable from your device and then remove it from the motherboard. • When removing the cable. Parallel Port Use the parallel port to connect devices such as a printer. pull it straight out from the connector. USB Port The USB port supports the USB 2. USB printer. USB flash drive and etc. Connect the monitor's VGA cable to this port. Speed LED Connection/ Activity LED Speed LED: State Orange Green Off Connection/Activity LED: State Description Blinking Data transmission or receiving is occurring On No data transmission or receiving is occurring Off LAN link is not established LAN Port Description 1 Gpbs data rate 100 Mpbs data rate 10 Mpbs data rate • When removing the cable connected to a back panel connector. scanner and etc. The parallel port is also called a printer port. Serial Port Use the serial port to connect devices such as a mouse.0/1. The following describes the states of the LAN port LEDs.

1-channel audio configuration." . "Configuring 2/4/5.1-channel audio configuration. etc.1/7.1-channel audio configuration in Chapter 5.1/7.1/ 7.1-channel audio configuration. English Rear Speaker Out Jack (Black) Use this audio jack to connect rear speakers in a 4/5. Microphones must be connected to this jack. Mic In Jack (Pink) The default Mic in jack. Only microphones still MUST be connected to the default Mic in jack ( ).1/7. Refer to the instructions on setting up a 2/4/5.Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Jack (Orange) Use this audio jack to connect center/subwoofer speakers in a 5. Use this audio jack for line in devices such as an optical drive.1-channel audio configuration.19 - Hardware Installation . Use this audio jack for a headphone or 2-channel speaker. the ~ audio jacks can be reconfigured to perform different functions via the audio software.1-Channel Audio. This jack can be used to connect front speakers in a 4/5. Line Out Jack (Green) The default line out jack. Side Speaker Out Jack (Gray) Use this audio jack to connect side speakers in a 7. Line In Jack (Blue) The default line in jack.1/7. In addition to the default speakers settings. walkman.

Unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices. • After installing the device and before turning on the computer. • Before installing the devices.English 1-7 Internal Connectors 1 3 5 16 9 11 4 6 10 8 13 7 2 12 15 14 17 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) ATX_12V ATX (Power Connector) CPU_FAN SYS_FAN FDD IDE SATAII0 / 1 / 2 / 3 PWR_LED BATTERY 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) F_PANEL F_AUDIO CD_IN SPDIF_IO F_USB1 / F_USB2 COMB CLR_CMOS CI Read the following guidelines before connecting external devices: • First make sure your devices are compliant with the connectors you wish to connect. be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . make sure the device cable has been securely attached to the connector on the motherboard.20 - .

• The main power connector is compatible with power supplies with 2x10 power connectors. When using a 2x12 power supply.21 - Hardware Installation . The power connector possesses a foolproof design. first make sure the power supply is turned off and all devices are properly installed. 1 2 3 4 Definition GND GND +12V +12V ATX : 12 24 Pin No. remove the protective cover from the main power connector on the motherboard. ATX_12V : 2 4 ATX_12V 1 3 English Pin No. it is recommended that a power supply that can withstand high power consumption be used (400W or greater). The 12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If a power supply is used that does not provide the required power. Do not insert the power supply cable into pins under the protective cover when using a 2x10 power supply. If the 12V power connector is not connected. the result can lead to an unstable or unbootable system.3V GND +5V GND +5V GND Power Good 5V SB(stand by +5V) +12V +12V(Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 3.3V -12V GND PS_ON(soft On/Off) GND GND GND -5V +5V +5V +5V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) GND (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 1 13 11 12 ATX . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Definition 3. Before connecting the power connector.3V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) Pin No. the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the components on the motherboard.3V 3.1/2) ATX_12V_2X/ATX (2x2 12V Power Connector and 2x12 Main Power Connector) With the use of the power connector. • To meet expansion requirements. Connect the power supply cable to the power connector in the correct orientation. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Definition 3. the computer will not start.

The types of floppy disk drives supported are: 360 KB. 1.44 MB. Overheating may result in damage to the CPU or the system may hang. The black connector wire is the ground wire. Most fans are designed with color-coded power connector wires. 1 2 3 4 1 SYS_FAN : Definition GND +12V / Speed Control Sense Speed Control Definition GND +12V Sense Pin No.English 3/4) CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN (Fan Headers) The motherboard has a 4-pin CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) and a 3-pin system fan header (SYS_FAN). 720 KB. CPU_FAN : 1 CPU_FAN Pin No. be sure to connect it in the correct orientation. 1. When connecting a fan cable.22 - . Each fan header supplies a +12V power voltage and possesses a foolproof insertion design. Do not place a jumper cap on the headers. The motherboard supports CPU fan speed control. 5) FDD (Floppy Disk Drive Connector) This connector is used to connect a floppy disk drive. and 2.88 MB. 34 33 2 1 GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . 1 SYS_FAN 2 3 • Be sure to connect fan cables to the fan headers to prevent your CPU and system from overheating. it is recommended that a system fan be installed inside the chassis. Before connecting a floppy disk drive. • These fan headers are not configuration jumper blocks. locate the foolproof groove on the connector. For optimum heat dissipation. which requires the use of a CPU fan with fan speed control design.2 MB. A red power connector wire indicates a positive connection and requires a +12V voltage.

If you wish to connect two IDE devices.23 - Hardware Installation . locate the foolproof groove on the connector.5Gb/s standard. 1 SATAII0 7 1 7 SATAII2 Definition GND TXP TXN GND RXN RXP GND 1 2 3 4 1 SATAII1 7 1 SATAII3 7 5 6 7 .6) IDE (IDE Connector) The IDE connector supports up to two IDE devices such as hard drives and optical drives. Before attaching the IDE cable. remember to set the jumpers and the cabling according to the role of the IDE devices (for example.) 40 39 English 2 1 7) SATAII0/1/2/3 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors. Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. master or slave). Controlled by ICH7) The SATA connectors conform to SATA 3Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 1. read the instructions from the device manufacturers. (For information about configuring master/slave settings for the IDE devices. Pin No.

Replace the battery when the battery voltage drops to a low level. (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery holder. The LED keeps blinking when the system is in S1 sleep state. 2. You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery: 1. Danger of explosion if the battery is replaced with an incorrect model. 1 1 Definition MPD+ MPDMPD- 2 3 System Status LED S0 On S1 S3/S4/S5 Blinking Off 9) BATTERY The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute. date. • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery. • Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by yourself or uncertain about the battery model. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.English 8) PWR_LED (System Power LED Header) This header can be used to connect a system power LED on the chassis to indicate system power status. • When installing the battery. Pin No. Replace the battery. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative side (-) of the battery (the positive side should face up). making them short for 5 seconds. and time information) in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost. • Replace the battery with an equivalent one. The LED is on when the system is operating.24 - . Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.) 3. • Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5). 4.

20 19 SPEAKSpeaker Connector English SPEAK+ Power Switch Message LED/ Power/ Sleep LED PW+ PW- MSGMSG+ 2 1 NC RES+ RESHDHD+ Reset Switch IDE Hard Disk Active LED • MSG (Message/Power/Sleep LED): Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. • SPEAK (Speaker): Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart. The LED keeps blinking when S0 On S1 Blinking the system is in S1 sleep state. reset switch. hard drive activity LED. make sure the wire assignments and the pin assignments are matched correctly. The system reports system startup status by issuing a beep code. "Troubleshooting. • PW (Power Switch): Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. the BIOS may issue beeps in different patterns to indicate the problem. One single short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system startup. speaker and etc.10) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header) Connect the power switch." for information about beep codes. • RES (Reset Switch): Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Refer to Chapter 5. reset switch. A front panel module mainly consists of power switch. When connecting your chassis front panel module to this header. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4/S5 Off S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5). If a problem is detected. The LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data. power LED. speaker and system status indicator on the chassis front panel to this header according to the pin assignments below. The System Status LED LED is on when the system is operating. "BIOS Setup." for more information). • HD (IDE Hard Drive Activity LED) Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel." "Power Management Setup. Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables. • NC: No connection The front panel design may differ by chassis.25 Hardware Installation . You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch (refer to Chapter 2. .

English 11) F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header) The front panel audio header supports Intel High Definition audio (HD) and AC'97 audio. Definition 1 MIC 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 GND MIC Power NC Line Out (R) NC NC No Pin Line Out (L) NC 2 1 • The front panel audio header supports HD audio by default. • Some chassis provide a front panel audio module that has separated connectors on each wire instead of a single plug.26 - .1-Channel Audio. Make sure the wire assignments of the module connector match the pin assignments of the motherboard header. Incorrect connection between the module connector and the motherboard header will make the device unable to work or even damage it. 10 9 For HD Front Panel Audio: Pin No. but not both at the same time. If your chassis provides an AC'97 front panel audio module." • When using an AC'97 front panel audio module.1/7. "Configuring 2/4/5. 12) CD_IN (CD In Connector) You may connect the audio cable that came with your optical drive to the header. please contact the chassis manufacturer. 1 Pin No. 1 2 3 4 Definition CD-L GND GND CD-R GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . For information about connecting the front panel audio module that has different wire assignments. Definition 1 MIC2_L 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 GND MIC2_R -ACZ_DET LINE2_R FSENSE1 FAUDIO_JD No Pin LINE2_L FSENSE2 For AC'97 Front Panel Audio: Pin No. you can use either the front or the back panel audio connectors. refer to the instructions on how to activate AC'97 functioninality via the audio software in Chapter 5. You may connect your chassis front panel audio module to this header.

Yellow) The headers conform to USB 2. .0/1.27 - Hardware Installation . this header can connect to an audio device that supports digital audio out and an audio system that supports digital audio in. Pin No. Each USB header can provide two USB ports via an optional USB bracket. be sure to turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the USB bracket. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Definition Power No Pin SPDIF SPDIFI GND GND English 2 1 6 5 14) F_USB1/F_USB2 (USB Headers. Via an optional S/PDIF in and out cable. • Prior to installing the USB bracket. please contact the local dealer. please contact the local dealer. For purchasing the optional USB bracket. Pin No. For purchasing the optional S/PDIF in and out cable.13) SPDIF_IO (S/PDIF In/Out Header) This header supports digital S/PDIF in/out. 9 10 1 2 Definition Power (5V) Power (5V) USB DXUSB DyUSB DX+ USB Dy+ GND GND No Pin NC 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 • Do not plug the IEEE 1394 bracket (2x5-pin) cable into the USB header.1 specification.

Open: Normal Short: Clear CMOS Values • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before clearing the CMOS values. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Definition NDCD BNSIN B NSOUT B NDTR BGND NDSR BNRTS BNCTS BNRI BNo Pin 9 1 10 2 16) CLR_CMOS (Clearing CMOS Jumper) Use this jumper to clear the CMOS values (e.English 15) COMB (Serial Port Header) The COMB header can provide one serial port via an optional COM port cable. please contact the local dealer.g. place a jumper cap on the two pins to temporarily short the two pins or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two pins for a few seconds.28 - . • After system restart. go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2. Failure to do so may cause damage to the motherboard. Pin No. date information and BIOS configurations) and reset the CMOS values to factory defaults." for BIOS configurations). To clear the CMOS values. "BIOS Setup. For purchasing the optional COM port cable. • After clearing the CMOS values and before turning on your computer. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . be sure to remove the jumper cap from the jumper.

English Pin No.29 - Hardware Installation . This function requires a chassis with chassis intrusion detection design.17) CI (Chassis Intrusion Header) This motherboard provides a chassis detection feature that detects if the chassis cover has been removed. 1 1 Definition Signal GND 2 .

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To see more advanced BIOS Setup menu options.31 - BIOS Setup . To upgrade the BIOS. • It is recommended that you not alter the default settings (unless you need to) to prevent system instability or other unexpected results. do it with caution. "BIOS Update Utilities.) . it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. When the power is turned off. @BIOS is a Windows-based utility that searches and downloads the latest version of BIOS from the Internet and updates the BIOS. (Refer to the "Load Optimized Defaults" section in this chapter or introductions of the battery/clearing CMOS jumper in Chapter 1 for how to clear the CMOS values." • Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky. For instructions on using the Q-Flash and @BIOS utilities. • BIOS will emit a beep code during the POST. Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's failure to boot. use either the GIGABYTE Q-Flash or @BIOS utility. etc. refer to Chapter 4. saving system parameters and loading operating system. try to clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values. BIOS includes a BIOS Setup program that allows the user to modify basic system configuration settings or to activate certain system features. the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS to keep the configuration values in the CMOS. To flash the BIOS. Refer to Chapter 5. If this occurs. "Troubleshooting. you can press <Ctrl> + <F1> in the main menu of the BIOS Setup program. Its major functions include conducting the Power-On Self-Test (POST) during system startup. To access the BIOS Setup program. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction." for the beep codes description. press the <Delete> key during the POST when the power is turned on.Chapter 2 BIOS Setup English BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) records hardware parameters of the system in the CMOS on the motherboard. Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily upgrade or back up BIOS without entering the operating system. if you do not encounter problems using the current version of BIOS.

Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. To exit Boot Menu. use the up arrow key < > or the down arrow key< > to select the first boot device.English 2-1 Startup Screen Award Modular BIOS v6. "Xpress Recovery2. Motherboard Model BIOS Version Intel 946GZ BIOS for 946GMX-S2 F1b . the <F9> key can be used for subsequent access to XpressRecovery2 during the POST. . Inc.32 - . You can access Boot Menu again to change the first boot device setting as needed. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . refer to Chapter 4. . the device boot order will still be based on BIOS Setup settings. then press <Enter> to accept. An Energy Star Ally Copyright (C) 1984-2007. For more information. Award Software. . press <Esc>." <F12> : Boot Menu Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup.00PG. The system will directly boot from the device configured in Boot Menu. <DEL>: BIOS Setup/Q-Flash <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash 03/23/2007-946GZ-ICH7-6A79LG0XC-00 Function Keys Function Keys: <DEL> : BIOS Setup/Q-Flash Press the <Delete> key to enter BIOS Setup or to access the Q-Flash utility in BIOS Setup. <F9> : Xpress Recovery2 If you have ever entered Xpress Recovery2 to back up hard drive data using the driver CD-ROM. <End> Q-Flash Press the <End> key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first. In Boot Menu. After system restart. The following screen may appear when the computer boots.

(Sample BIOS Version: F1b) CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Time. Press <Esc> to exit the help screen. F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS BIOS Setup Program Function Keys < >< >< <Enter> <Esc> >< > Move the selection bar to select an item Execute command or enter the submenu Main Menu: Exit the BIOS Setup program Submenus: Exit current submenu Increase the numeric value or make changes Decrease the numeric value or make changes Show descriptions of the function keys Move cursor to the Item Help block on the right (submenus only) Restore the previous BIOS settings for the current submenus Load the Fail-Safe BIOS default settings for the current submenus Load the Optimized BIOS default settings for the current submenus Access the Q-Flash utility Display system information Save all the changes and exit the BIOS Setup program Save CMOS to BIOS Load CMOS from BIOS <Page Up> <Page Down> <F1> <F2> <F5> <F6> <F7> <F8> <F9> <F10> <F11> <F12> Main Menu Help The onscreen description of a highlighted setup option is displayed on the bottom line of the Main Menu. Use arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter a sub-menu.. the Main Menu (as shown below) appears on the screen. Date. • When the system is not stable as usual. Hard Disk Type. .2-2 The Main Menu English Once you enter the BIOS Setup program. press <F1> to display a help screen (General Help) of function keys available for the menu. press <Ctrl>+<F1> to access more advanced options. • The BIOS Setup menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ by BIOS version. Submenu Help While in a submenu. • If you do not find the settings you want in the Main Menu or a submenu.33 BIOS Setup . Help for each item is in the Item Help block on the right side of the submenu. select the Load Optimized Defaults item to set your system to its defaults..

It allows you to restrict access to the system and BIOS Setup. Frequency/Voltage Control Use this menu to configure the clock and frequency of your CPU. system voltage and fan speed. or disable password. then press <Enter> to complete. minimal-performance system operations. Save & Exit Setup Save all the changes made in the BIOS Setup program to the CMOS and exit BIOS Setup. PC Health Status Use this menu to see information about autodetected system/CPU temperature. etc. and the type of errors that stop the system boot.) GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .English The Functions of the <F11> and <F12> keys (For the Main Menu Only) F11 : Save CMOS to BIOS This function allows you to save the current BIOS settings to a profile. Pressing <Y> to the confirmation message will exit BIOS Setup. First enter the profile name (to erase the default profile name. etc. SATA. Set User Password Change. advanced features available on the CPU. USB. Standard CMOS Features Use this menu to configure the system time and date. without the hassles of reconfiguring the BIOS settings. A supervisor password allows you to make changes in BIOS Setup. Load Fail-Safe Defaults Fail-Safe defaults are factory settings for the most stable. and the primary display adapter. you can use this function to load the BIOS settings from a profile created before. An user password only allows you to view the BIOS settings but not to make changes. set. First select the profile you wish to load. etc. Load Optimized Defaults Optimized defaults are factory settings for optimal-performance system operations. and integrated LAN. You can create up to 8 profiles (Profile 1-8) and name each profile. F12 : Load CMOS from BIOS If your system becomes unstable and you have loaded the BIOS default settings. Power Management Setup Use this menu to configure all the power-saving functions.34 - . (Pressing <Esc> can also carry out this task. PnP/PCI Configurations Use this menu to configure the system's PCI & PnP resources. integrated audio. (Pressing <F10> can also carry out this task. use the SPACE key) and then press <Enter> to complete. Set Supervisor Password Change. Advanced BIOS Features Use this menu to configure the device boot order. hard drive types.) Exit Without Saving Abandon all changes and the previous settings remain in effect. such as IDE. floppy disk drive types. memory. Integrated Peripherals Use this menu to configure all peripheral devices. set. or disable password. It allows you to restrict access to the system and BIOS Setup. etc.

3. Select the desired field and use the up arrow or down arrow key to set the time. LBA. Large.2-3 Standard CMOS Features CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 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 2 Slave IDE Channel 3 Master IDE Channel 3 Slave Drive A Floppy 3 Mode Support Halt On Base Memory Extended Memory Total Memory : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values Mon. Access Mode Sets the hard drive access mode. (Default) • None If no IDE/SATA devices are used. Mar 26 2007 22:31:24 [None] [None] [None] [None] [None] [None] [1.m. 1 p. . IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press <Enter> to autodetect the parameters of the IDE/SATA device on this channel.5"] [Disabled] [All. The date format is week (read-only). IDE Channel 2. (Default) • None If no IDE/SATA devices are used. • Manual Allows you to manually enter the specifications of the hard drive when the hard drive access mode is set to CHS. But Keyboard] 640K 503M 504M +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Default F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults Item Help Menu Level English Date Sets the system date. Options are: Auto (default). Extended IDE Drive Configure your IDE/SATA devices using one of the two methods below: • Auto Lets BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. Access Mode Sets the hard drive access mode. month.44M. Select the desired field and use the up arrow or down arrow key to set the date. Options are: Auto (default). IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave Configure your IDE/SATA devices by using one of the three methods below: • Auto Lets BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. date and year. is 13:0:0. set this item to None so the system will skip the detection of the device during the POST for faster system startup.35 BIOS Setup . CHS. Large. 3 Master/Slave IDE Auto-Detection Press <Enter> to autodetect the parameters of the IDE/SATA device on this channel. set this item to None so the system will skip the detection of the device during the POST for faster system startup. Time Sets the system time. For example.

But Diskette The system boot will not stop for a floppy disk drive error but stop for all other errors. Halt on Allows you to determine whether the system will stop for an error during the POST. 360K/5. Typically.36 - . a Japanese standard floppy disk drive. Landing zone. All.5". GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . Write precompensation cylinder. Floppy 3 Mode Support Allows you to specify whether the installed floppy disk drive is 3-mode floppy disk drive. 1.2M/5. Number of sectors. All. Options are: None (default). Extended Memory The amount of extended memory. Drive A. No Errors The system boot will not stop for any error. 640 KB will be reserved for the MS-DOS operating system. 720K/3. Number of heads.88M/3. set this item to None. Base Memory Also called conventional memory. If you wish to enter the parameters manually. Capacity Approximate capacity of the currently installed hard drive.44M/3. But Disk/Key The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or a floppy disk drive error but it will stop for all other errors. Options are: Disabled (default).5". All Errors Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system boot will stop. Drive A Allows you to selects the type of floppy disk drive installed in your system.English The following fields display your hard drive specifications. 2.25". 1. Total Memory The total amount of memory installed on the system. Memory These fields are read-only and are determined by the BIOS POST.25". Cylinder Head Precomp Landing Zone Sector Number of cylinders.5". If you do not install a floppy disk drive. refer to the information on the hard drive. (Default) All. But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error but stop for all other errors.

LS120.R. For more information about Intel CPUs' unique features.2-4 Advanced BIOS Features CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Advanced BIOS Features Hard Disk Boot Priority First Boot Device Second Boot Device Third Boot Device Password Check HDD S. set the password(s) under the Set Supervisor/User Password item in the BIOS Main Menu. Capability Enables or disables the S. then press the plus key <+> (or <PageUp>) or the minus key <-> (or <PageDown>) to move it up or down on the list. After configuring this item. Setup A password is only required for entering the BIOS Setup program.R. USB-CDROM. or only when you enter BIOS Setup.M. Options are: Floppy. LAN.A. ZIP. (Default) System A password is required for booting the system and for entering the BIOS Setup program.A.T.M. please visit Intel's website. Press <Esc> to exit this menu when finished. This feature allows your system to report read/write errors of the hard drive and to issue warnings when a third party hardware monitor utility is installed. CDROM. Capability CPU Hyper-Threading (Note) Limit CPUID Max.R.A. First/Second/Third Boot Device Specifies the boot order from the available devices. USB-ZIP.M. Use the up or down arrow key to select a device and press <Enter> to accept. USB-HDD. Use the up or down arrow key to select a hard drive. Hard Disk.T. (Default: Disabled) (Note) This item is present only if you install a CPU that supports this feature.T. to 3 (Note) No-Execute Memory Protect (Note) CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note) CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) (Note) CPU EIST Function (Note) Virtualization Technology (Note) Init Display First Onboard VGA On-Chip Frame Buffer Size [Press Enter] [Floppy] [Hard Disk] [CDROM] [Setup] [Disabled] [Enabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [PCI] [Enable If No Ext PEG] [8MB] Item Help Menu Level English : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults Hard Disk Boot Priority Specifies the sequence of loading the operating system from the installed hard drives.37 BIOS Setup . HDD S. USB-FDD. . Disabled. (Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology) capability of your hard drive. Password Check Specifies whether a password is required every time the system boots.

or the onboard VGA. reducing exposure to viruses and malicious buffer overflow attacks when working with its supporting software and system. This feature only works for operating systems that support multi-processors mode. PCI Sets the PCI graphics card as the first display. (Default: Enabled) Limit CPUID Max. When enabled.0. (Default: Enabled) Init Display First Specifies the first initiation of the monitor display from the installed PCI graphics card. a CPU overheating protection function. set this item to Enabled for legacy operating system such as Windows NT4. PEG2 Sets PCI Express x4 graphics card as the first display. (Default: Enabled) CPU Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) (Note) Enables or disables Intel ® CPU Thermal Monitor (TM2) function. Set this item to Disabled for Windows XP operating system. This function may enhance protection for the computer.38 - GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . to 3 (Note) Allows you to determine whether to limit CPUID maximum value. PCI Express graphics card. Depending on CPU loading. the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced when the CPU is overheated. With virtualization. one computer system can function as multiple virtual systems. the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced during system halt state to decrease power consumption. a CPU power-saving function in system halt state. (Default) Onboard VGA Sets the onboard VGA as the first display. (Default: Enabled) Virtualization Technology (Note) Enables or disables Intel® Virtualization Technology. When enabled. (Note) This item is present only if you install a CPU that supports this feature. Virtualization enhanced by Intel® Virtualization Technology will allow a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions. please visit Intel's website. . PEG Sets PCI Express x16 graphics card as the first display.English CPU Hyper-Threading (Note) Enables or disables Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology. Intel® EIST technology can dynamically and effectively lower the CPU voltage and core frequency to decrease average power consumption and heat production. (Default: Enabled) CPU EIST Function (Note) Enables or disables Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST). (Default: Disabled) No-Execute Memory Protect (Note) Enables or disables Intel® Execute Disable Bit function. For more information about Intel CPUs' unique features. (Default: Enabled) CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note) Enables or disables Intel ® CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) function.

set this item to Always Enable. whether or not a PCI Express card is installed. (Default) Always Enable Always activates the onboard VGA. will use only this memory for display. Options are: 8M (default).39 - BIOS Setup . MS-DOS. . 1M. If you wish to set up a dual view configuration. Enable If No Ext PEG Activates the onboard VGA only if no PCI Express VGA card is installed.Onboard VGA Enables or disables the onboard VGA function. for example. English On-Chip Frame Buffer Size Frame buffer size is the total amount of system memory allocated solely for the onboard graphics controller.

Ch. (Default) Combined Sets all SATA devices to operate in PATA mode. SATA Port 0/2 Set to This value is dependent on the On-Chip SATA Mode and PATA IDE Set to settings.2 Master/Slave Ch. 0 Master/Slave.1 Master/Slave Sets the IDE channels to Ch. When PATA IDE Set to is configured to Ch. this option will be automatically set to Ch. Non-Combined Sets all SATA devices to operate in PATA mode and disables the integrated IDE controller.0 Master/Slave Sets the IDE channels to Ch. 0 Master/Slave.0 Master/Slave Ch.40 - . PATA IDE Set to This item is configurable only if the On-Chip SATA Mode is set to Combined. Auto Lets BIOS set SATA devices to Combined or Enhanced mode. Enhanced Sets all SATA devices to operate in SATA mode. (Default) Ch. 1 Master/Slave.3 Master/Slave [Enabled] [Enabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto] [Enabled] [Press Enter] [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [378/IRQ7] [SPP] +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save Item Help Menu Level On-Chip Primary PCI IDE On-Chip SATA Mode x PATA IDE Set to SATA Port 0/2 Set to SATA Port 1/3 Set to USB Controller USB 2. Disabled Disables the integrated SATA controller.English 2-5 Integrated Peripherals CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Integrated Peripherals [Enabled] [Auto] Ch. you can manually re-configure it to Enhanced mode as needed.0 Controller USB Keyboard Support USB Mouse Support Legacy USB storage detect Azalia Codec Onboard H/W LAN SMART LAN Onboard LAN Boot ROM Onboard Serial Port 1 Onboard Serial Port 2 Onboard Parallel Port Parallel Port Mode : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults On-Chip Primary PCI IDE Enables or disables the first integrated IDE controller. Disabled Disables the integrated IDE controller when Non-Combined is selected. If your onboard SATA controller is automatically configured to Combined mode. Combined allows a maximum of 4 ATA devices to be used simultaneously: two PATA devices plus two SATA devices. (Default: Enabled) On-Chip SATA Mode Configures the integrated SATA controller. 1 Master/Slave. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .

0m Item Help Menu Level : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults This motherboard incorporates cable diagnostic feature designed to detect the status of the attached LAN cable. (Default: Auto) If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in audio card instead of using the onboard audio. Refer to the following information for diagnosing your LAN cable: When No LAN Cable Is Attached.0 controller. (Default: Enabled) USB Keyboard Support Allows USB keyboard to be used in MS-DOS.SATA Port 1/3 Set to This value is dependent on the On-Chip SATA Mode and PATA IDE Set to settings.. including USB flash drives and USB hard drives during the POST. . the Status fields of all four pairs of wires will show Open and the Length fields show 0.. Onboard H/W LAN Enables or disables the onboard LAN function. SMART LAN (LAN Cable Diagnostic Function) CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software SMART LAN Start detecting at Port. (Default: Disabled) Legacy USB storage detect Determines whether to detect USB storage devices. Pair1-2 Status = Open Pair3-6 Status = Open Pair4-5 Status = Open Pair7-8 Status = Open / / / / Length Length Length Length = = = = 0. (Default: Enabled) Azalia Codec Enables or disables the onboard audio function. English USB Controller Enables or disables the integrated USB controller.0m 0. this option will be automatically set to Ch. (Default: Enabled) Disabled will turn off all of the USB functionalities below. If no LAN cable is attached to the motherboard.. as shown in the figure above.. (Default: Enabled) If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in network card instead of using the onboard LAN. set this item to Disabled. set this item to Disabled..0m.41 BIOS Setup .0m 0.0m 0. USB 2.0 Controller Enables or disables the integrated USB 2. 1 Master/Slave. (Default: Disabled) USB Mouse Support Allows USB mouse to be used in MS-DOS.. When PATA IDE Set to is configured to Ch. 0 Master/Slave. This feature will detect cabling issue and report the approximate distance to the fault or short.

Disabled. 2F8/IRQ3 (default). ECP (Extended Capabilities Port). 3F8/IRQ4 (default). Options are: Auto.42 - . GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .. 278/IRQ5. 3BC/IRQ7.English When LAN Cable Is Functioning Normally. Options are: 378/IRQ7 (default). and the length shown is the approximate length of the attached LAN cable. If no cable problem is detected on the LAN cable connected to a Gigabit hub or a 10/100 Mbps hub. Onboard Serial Port 2 Enables or disables the second serial port and specifies its base I/O address and corresponding interrupt. 3E8/IRQ4.. so their Status fields will show Open. If a cable problem occurs on a specified pair of wires. 2E8/IRQ3. 3E8/IRQ4. Disabled. 2E8/IRQ3. Link Detected --> 100Mbps Cable Length= 30m Link Detected Displays transmission speed Cable Length Displays the approximate length of the attached LAN cable.. EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port). Options are: SPP (Standard Parallel Port)(default). ECP+EPP.. 3F8/IRQ4.6m Explanation: A fault or short might occur at about 1. Onboard Parallel Port Enables or disables the onboard parallel port (LPT) and specifies its base I/O address and corresponding interrupt. Example: Pair1-2 Status = Short / Length = 1. Disabled..6m on Pair 1-2. When a Cable Problem Occurs. 2F8/IRQ3. Onboard LAN Boot ROM Allows you to decide whether to activate the boot ROM integrated with the onboard LAN chip. (Default: Disabled) Onboard Serial Port 1 Enables or disables the first serial port and specifies its base I/O address and corresponding interrupt... the Status field will show Short and thenlength shown will be the approximate distance to the fault or short.. Note: Pair 4-5 and Pair 7-8 are not used in a 10/100 Mbps environment. it will operate at a normal speed of 10/100/1000Mbps in Windows mode or when the LAN Boot ROM is activated. Parallel Port Mode Selects an operating mode for the onboard parallel (LPT) port. Note: The Gigabit hub will only operate at a speed of 10/100Mbps in MS-DOS mode. Options are: Auto. the following message will appear: Start detecting at Port.

Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN Configures the way to turn off the computer in MS-DOS mode using the power button.43 BIOS Setup . Press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to turn off the system. the system will enter suspend mode. In S3 sleep state. . In S1 sleep state. the system appears to be off and consumes less power than in the S1 state. (Default) Delay 4 Sec. PME Event Wake Up Allows the system to be awakened from an ACPI sleep state by a wake-up signal from a PCI or PCIe device. If the power button is pressed for less than 4 seconds. Note: To use this function. The system can be resumed at any time. Instant-Off Press the power button and then the system will be turned off instantly. When signaled by a wake-up device or event. S1(POS) Enables the system to enter the ACPI S1 (Power on Suspend) sleep state (default). (Default: Enabled) (Note) Supported on Windows ® Vista ® operating system only. S3(STR) Enables the system to enter the ACPI S3 (Suspend to RAM) sleep state. you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the 5VSB lead. (Default: Enabled) Power On by Ring Allows the system to be awakened from an ACPI sleep state by a wake-up signal from a modem that supports wake-up function.2-6 Power Management Setup CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Power Management Setup [S1(POS)] [Instant-Off] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Disabled] Everyday 0:0:0 [Enabled] [32-bit mode] [Disabled] [Disabled] Enter [Soft-Off] Item Help Menu Level English ACPI Suspend Type Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN PME Event Wake Up Power On by Ring Resume by Alarm x Date (of Month) Alarm x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm HPET Support (Note) HPET Mode (Note) Power On By Mouse Power On By Keyboard x KB Power ON Password AC Back Function : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults ACPI Suspend Type Specifies the ACPI sleep state when the system enters suspend. the system appears suspended and stays in a low power mode. the system resumes to its working state exactly where it was left off.

Disabled Disables this function. KB Power ON Password Set the password when Power On by Keyboard is set to Password. or the settings may not be effective. select 64-bit mode when you install 64-bit Windows® Vista®. (Default: Disabled) If enabled. avoid inadequate shutdown from the operating system or removal of the AC power. When prompted for the password. AC Back Function Determines the state of the system after the return of power from an AC power loss. Note: To cancel the password. press <Enter> again without entering the password to clear the password settings. (Default: 32-bit mode) Power On By Mouse Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 mouse wake-up event. (Default ) Full-On The system is turned on upon the return of the AC power. Keyboard 98 Press POWER button on the Windows 98 keyboard to turn on the system. . you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the 5VSB lead. To turn on the system.44 - GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . Note: To use this function. (Default) Double Click Double click on left button on the PS/2 mouse to turn on the system. HPET Support (Note) Enables or disables High Precision Event Timer (HPET) for Windows ® Vista ® operating system. Soft-Off The system stays off upon the return of the AC power. set the date and time as following: Date (of Month) Alarm : Turn on the system at a specific time on each day or on a specific day in a month. (Default: Enabled) HPET Mode (Note) Allows you to select the HPET mode for your Windows ® Vista ® operating system. enter the password and press <Enter>. Time (hh: mm: ss) Alarm : Set the time at which the system will be powered on automatically. Power On By Keyboard Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 keyboard wake-up event. Memory The system returns to its last known awake state upon the return of the AC power. Press <Enter> on this item and set a password with up to 5 characters and then press <Enter> to accept. Select 32-bit mode when you install 32-bit Windows® Vista® . Note: you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the 5VSB lead. Note: When using this function. Disabled Disables this function. (Default) Password Set a password with 1~5 characters to turn on the system. press <Enter> on this item.English Resume by Alarm Determines whether to power on the system at a desired time. (Note) Supported on Windows ® Vista ® operating system only.

9.14.9.11.5.5. (Default) Assigns IRQ 3.7.7.5.4.5.4.14.15 .12.14.4.10.10.14. BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the second PCI slot.12. PCI2 IRQ Assignment Auto 3.11.7.12.10.15 BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the first PCI slot.15 to the first PCI slot.12.11.15 to the second PCI slot.10.9.2-7 PnP/PCI Configurations CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software PnP/PCI Configurations PCI1 IRQ Assignment PCI2 IRQ Assignment [Auto] [Auto] Item Help Menu Level English : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults PCI1 IRQ Assignment Auto 3. (Default) Assigns IRQ 3.7.11.4.9.45 - BIOS Setup .

90 o C/194 o F. and then restart your system. 80oC/176 oF. 70oC/158oF.3V/+12V Displays the current system voltages. Current CPU/SYSTEM FAN Speed (RPM) Displays current CPU/system fan speed.3V +12V Current System Temperature Current CPU Temperature Current CPU FAN Speed Current SYSTEM FAN Speed CPU Warning Temperature CPU FAN Fail Warning SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning CPU Smart FAN Control CPU Smart FAN Mode [Disabled] No OK OK OK OK 47oC 47oC 3375 RPM 0 RPM [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto] Item Help Menu Level : Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults Reset Case Open Status Keeps or clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status. When CPU temperature exceeds the threshold.English 2-8 PC Health Status CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software PC Health Status Reset Case Open Status Case Opened Vcore DDR18V +3. Options are: Disabled (default). Current System/CPU Temperature Displays current system/CPU temperature. CPU/SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning Allows the system to emit warning sound if the CPU/system fan is not connected or fails. this field will show "Yes". (Default: Disabled) GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . BIOS will emit warning sound. save the settings to CMOS. Check the fan condition or fan connection when this occurs. If the system chassis cover is removed. 60oC/140oF. otherwise it will show "No". CPU Warning Temperature Sets the warning threshold for CPU temperature.46 - . (Default: Disabled) Case Opened Displays the detection status of the chassis intrusion detection device attached to the motherboard CI header. Enabled clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status and the Case Opened field will show "No" at next boot. Current Voltage(V) Vcore/DDR18V/+3. set Reset Case Open Status to Enabled. To clear the chassis intrusion status record.

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

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CPU Smart FAN Mode
Specifies how to control CPU fan speed. This item is configurable only if CPU Smart FAN Control is set to Enabled. Auto Lets BIOS autodetect the type of CPU fan installed and sets the optimal CPU fan control mode. (Default) Voltage Sets Voltage mode for a 3-pin CPU fan. PWM Sets PWM mode for a 4-pin CPU fan. Note: The Voltage mode can be set for a 3-pin CPU fan or a 4-pin CPU fan. However, for a 4-pin CPU fan that is not designed following Intel PWM fan specifications, selecting PWM mode may not effectively reduce the fan speed.

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2-9

Frequency/Voltage Control
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Frequency/Voltage Control [25X] [Disabled] 200 Auto [Auto] 533 [Option 1] [Normal] [Normal] [Normal] 1.3875V Item Help Menu Level

CPU Clock Ratio (Note) CPU Host Clock Control x CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) x PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) System Memory Multiplier (SPD) Memory Frequency (Mhz) 533 High Speed DRAM DLL Settings DDR2 OverVoltage Control FSB OverVoltage Control CPU Voltage Control Normal CPU Vcore

: Move Enter: Select F5: Previous Values

+/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults

F10: Save

ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults

Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to CPU, chipset, or memory and reduce the useful life of these components. This page is for advanced users only and we recommend you not to alter the default settings to prevent system instability or other unexpected results. (Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's failure to boot. If this occurs, clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values.)

CPU Clock Ratio (Note)
Allows you to alter the clock ratio for the installed CPU. The item is present only if a CPU with unlocked clock ratio is installed.

CPU Host Clock Control
Enables or disables the control of CPU host clock. Enabled will allow the CPU Host Frequency item below to be configurable. Note: If your system fails to boot after overclocking, please wait for 20 seconds to allow for automated system reboot, or clear the CMOS values to reset the board to default values. (Default: Disabled)

CPU Host Frequency (Mhz)
Allows you to manually set the CPU host frequency. This item is configurable only if the CPU Host Clock Control option is enabled. For a 533 MHz FSB CPU, set this item to 133 MHz. For an 800 MHz FSB CPU, set this item to 200 MHz. For a 1066 MHz FSB CPU, set this item to 266 MHz. Important It is highly recommended that the CPU frequency be set in accordance with the CPU specifications.

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PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)
Allows you to control the PCIe clock frequency. This item is configurable only if the CPU Host Clock Control option is enabled. Auto Sets the PCIe clock frequency automatically. (Default) SYC Sets the PCIe clock frequency SYC with CPU. ASYC Fixs the PCIe clock frequency to 100 MHz.

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System Memory Multiplier (SPD)
Allows you to set the system memory multiplier. Options are dependent on CPU FSB. Auto sets memory multiplier according to memory SPD data. (Default: Auto)

Memory Frequency (Mhz)
The first memory frequency value is the normal operating frequency of the memory being used; the second is the memory frequency that is automatically adjusted according to the CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) and System Memory Multiplier settings.

High Speed DRAM DLL Settings
Provides two different memory timing configurations. If your system becomes unstable after you overclock the DDR2 memory, select Option 1 or Option 2 to help make your system more stable. Option 1 Memory Timing Configuration 1. (Default) Option 2 Memory Timing Configuration 2.

DDR2 OverVoltage Control
Allows you to to set memory voltage. Normal Supplies the memory voltage as required. (Default) +0.1V ~ +0.4V Increases memory voltage by 0.1V to 0.4V at 0.1V increment. Note: Increasing memory voltage may result in damage to the memory.

FSB OverVoltage Control
Allows you to set the Front Side Bus voltage. Normal Supplies the FSB voltage as required. (Default) +0.1V ~ +0.3V Increases FSB voltage by 0.1V to 0.3V at 0.1V increment.

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

Normal CPU Vcore
Displays the normal operating voltage of your CPU.

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2-10 Load Fail-Safe Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash 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 : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Fail-Safe Defaults F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS

Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the safest BIOS default settings. In case system instability occurs, you may try to load Fail-Safe defaults, which are the safest and most stable BIOS settings for the motherboard.

2-11 Load Optimized Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? N Setup Save & Exit Exit Without Saving : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Optimized Defaults F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS

Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the optimal BIOS default settings. The BIOS defaults settings helps the system to operate in optimum state. Always load the Optimized defaults after updating the BIOS or after clearing the CMOS values.

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User Password When the Password Check item is set to System. When the Password Check item is set to System. . you must enter the supervisor password if you wish to make changes to BIOS settings. press <Enter> on the password item and when requested for the password. you must enter the supervisor password (or user password) at system startup and when entering BIOS Setup. To clear the password. The user password only allows you to view the BIOS settings but not to make changes. you must enter the supervisor password for entering BIOS Setup and making BIOS changes. You will be requested to confirm the password. The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two separate passwords: Supervisor Password When a system password is set and the Password Check item in Advanced BIOS Features is set to Setup. Type the password again and press <Enter>. indicating the password has been cancelled.2-12 Set Supervisor/User Password CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2006 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations Enter Password: PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS English : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Change/Set/Disable Password Press <Enter> on this item and type the password with up to 8 characters and then press <Enter>.51 - BIOS Setup . The message "PASSWORD DISABLED" will appear. In BIOS Setup. press <Enter> again. you must enter the supervisor password (or user password) at system startup to continue system boot.

52 - . GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . 2-14 Exit Without Saving CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? N Password Set User Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Abandon all Data F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Press <Enter> on this item and press the <Y> key. This saves the changes to the CMOS and exits the BIOS Setup program. Press <N> or <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu. This exits the BIOS Setup without saving the changes made in BIOS Setup to the CMOS.English 2-13 Save & Exit Setup CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y Password Set User Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Save Data to CMOS F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Press <Enter> on this item and press the <Y> key. Press <N> or <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu.

The CD Autorun screen is automatically displayed which looks like that shown in the screen shot below. insert the driver disk into your optional drive.0 driver.exe program.) • After installing the operating system.) . follow the onscreen instructions to restart your system. first install the operating system. (The following instructions use Windows XP as the example operating system. double-click the optical drive and execute the Run.Chapter 3 Drivers Installation English • Before installing the drivers. (If the CD Autorun screen does not appear automatically. You can install other applications included in the disk. "Xpress Install" will automatically scan the system and then list all the drivers that are recommended to install.) 3-1 Installing Chipset Drivers After inserting the driver disk. • Some device drivers will restart your system automatically during the driver installation. After the system restart. please install the Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later. please remove the question mark (by right-clicking your mouse and select Uninstall) and restart the system.53 - Drivers Installation . Please select the item that you wish to install and press the Install button following the item.0 driver support under the Windows XP operating system. if a question mark still exists in Universal Serial Bus Controller in Device Manager. • After the drivers are installed. (The system will then autodetect and install the USB 2. Xpress Install will continue to install other drivers. • For USB 2. After installing the SP1 (or later). Or you can press Xpress Install to install all the driver items. go to My Computer.

3-3 Driver CD Information This page provides information about the drivers. You may press the Install button following an item to install it. applications and tools in this disk.English 3-2 Software Applications This page displays all the tools and applications that GIGABYTE develops and some free software. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard .54 - .

3-4 Hardware Information English This page provides information about the hardware devices on this motherboard. 3-5 Contact Us Check the contacts information of the GIGABYTE headquarter in Taiwan and the overseas branch offices on the last page of this manual.55 - Drivers Installation . .

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actual size requirements vary. For example. Xpress Recovery2 can back up data on PATA and SATA hard drives and restore it. System Requirements: • • • • Intel ® x86 platform At least 64 MB of system memory VESA compatible graphics card Windows ® 2000 with SP3 or later. depending on the amount of data). FAT32. • The amount of data and hard drive access speed may affect the speed at which the data is backed up/restored. the hard drive on the first IDE connector is the first physical drive. the hard drive on the first SATA connector is the first physical drive. the second SATA connector and so forth. . Xpress Recovery2 can only back up/restore the first physical hard drive that has the operating system installed. Windows® XP with SP1 or later • Xpress Recovery and Xpress Recovery2 are different utilities. • USB hard drives are not supported. • It takes longer to back up a hard drive than to restore it. "*" Xpress Recovery2 checks the first physical hard drive in the following sequence: The first PATA IDE connector.Chapter 4 4-1 Unique Features Xpress Recovery2 is an utility that allows you to quickly compress and back up your system data and perform restoration of it. For example.57 Unique Features . Supporting NTFS. when hard drives are attached to the first IDE and the first SATA connectors. • Hard drives in RAID/AHCI mode are not supported. the first SATA connector. and FAT16 file systems. • It is recommended to back up your system soon after the operating system and drivers are installed. • As Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file at the end of the hard drive. a backup file created with Xpress Recovery cannot be restored using Xpress Recovery2. When hard drives are attached to the first and second SATA connectors. English Xpress Recovery2 Before You Begin: • Xpress Recovery2 will check the first physical hard drive* for the operating system. make sure to leave enough unallocated space in advanced (10 GB or more is recommended. the second PATA IDE connector.

depending on the amount of data) (Figure 2). Figure 3 GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . actual size requirements vary.) A. Figure 2 Select a file system (for example. Figure 1 3. make sure to leave unallocated space for Xpress Recovery2 (10 GB or more is recommended. When partitioning your hard drive (Figure 1).58 - . Set CD-ROM drive as the first boot device under "Advanced BIOS Features" in the BIOS Setup program.English Installation and Configuration (The following procedure uses Windows XP as the example operating system. Save the changes and exit. 2. NTFS) and begin the installation of the operating system (Figure 3). Installing Windows XP and Partitioning the Hard Drive 1.

Figure 6 In the New Partition Wizard. right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and select Manage (Figure 4). However. Xpress Recovery2 cannot save the backup file. English Figure 4 5. Figure 7 . you may create new partitions using free space on your hard drive (Figure 6. Go to Computer Management to check disk allocation.4. After the operating system is installed.59 - Unique Features . Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file to the unallocated space (black stripe along the top)(Figure 5). if Disk Management shows the hard drive only contains the System partition without any unallocated space. Figure 5 If your hard drive is not properly partitioned before you install the operating system. you MUST select Primary partition. reinstall the operating system and re-partition your hard drive. This will reserve unallocated space for Xpress Recovery2 to use. you will not be able to create new partitions or use Xpress Recovery2. Please note that if there is no enough unallocated space. If this occurs. 7).

. After you use the backup function in Xpress Recovery2 for the first time. When the Windows operating system is detected. go to Disk Management to check disk allocation. Accessing Xpress Recovery2 1. Boot from CD/DVD: Press any key to startup XpressRecovery2. Xpress Recovery2 will stay permanent in your hard drive. Figure 10 3. Award Modular BIOS v6..English B.. Inc.60 - . Figure 8 2. press any key to enter Xpress Recovery2. . Boot from the motherboard driver CD-ROM to access Xpress Recovery2 for the first time. 2. . Intel 946GZ BIOS for 946GMX-S2 F1b . simply press <F9> during the POST (Figure 9).. Figure 11 Xpress Recovery2 will automatically create a new partition to store the backup image file. When finished. When you see the following message: Press any key to startup Xpress Recovery2 (Figure 8). An Energy Star Ally Copyright (C) 1984-2007. Xpress Recovery will begin the backup process (Figure 11). Xpress Recovery2 will then begin to search the first physical hard drive as the target drive and detect whether this hard drive contains the Windows operating system. Select BACKUP to start backing up your hard drive data (Figure 10). If you wish to enter Xpress Recovery2 later.00PG. Using the Backup Function in Xpress Recovery2 1. Award Software. <DEL>: BIOS Setup/Q-Flash <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash 03/23/2007-946GZ-ICH7-6A79LG0XC-00 Figure 9 C. .. Figure 12 GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . .

If you wish to remove the backup file. English Figure 13 Figure 14 E. After the backup file is removed. Using the Restore Function in Xpress Recovery2 Select RESTORE to restore the backup to your hard drive in case the system breaks down. Figure 17 . no backup image file will be present in Disk Management and hard drive space will be freed up (Figure 16). Exiting Xpress Recovery2 Select REBOOT to exit Xpress Recovery2. 2.D. select REMOVE (Figure 15). 14). The RESTORE option will not be present if no backup is created before (Figure 13. Figure 15 Figure 16 F.61 - Unique Features . Removing the Backup 1.

GIGABYTE Q-Flash and @BIOS are easy-to-use and allow you to update the BIOS without the need to enter MSDOS mode. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction. 3. the Q-Flash tool frees you from the hassles of going through complicated BIOS flashing process.62 - .English 4-2 BIOS Update Utilities GIGABYTE motherboards provide two unique BIOS update tools.00PG. Note: The USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system. . Award Software. use the <End> key during the POST to access Q-Flash. press the <End> key to enter Q-Flash. . please do it with caution.g. . 4-2-1 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility A. download the latest compressed BIOS update file that matches your motherboard model. Note: You can access Q-Flash by either pressing the <End> key during the POST or pressing the <F8> key in BIOS Setup. if the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive attached to an independent IDE/SATA controller. From GIGABYTE's website. <DEL>: BIOS Setup/Q-Flash <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash 03/23/2007-946GZ-ICH7-6A79LG0XC-00 Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky. An Energy Star Ally Copyright (C) 1984-2007. Restart the system. Inc. Award Modular BIOS v6. or hard drive. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . What is @BIOS TM ? @BIOS allows you to update the system BIOS while in the Windows environment.f1) to your floppy disk. What is Q-Flash TM ? With Q-Flash you can update the system BIOS without having to enter operating systems like MS-DOS or Window first. Before You Begin: 1. However. USB flash drive. Intel 946GZ BIOS for 946GMX-S2 F1b . During the POST. Extract the file and save the new BIOS file (e. 946gmxs2. Q-Flash TM and @BIOSTM. 2. Embedded in the BIOS. @BIOS will download the latest BIOS file from the nearest @BIOS server site and update the BIOS.

.. press any key to return to the main menu.....63 - Unique Features . Updating the BIOS When updating the BIOS... • Q-Flash only supports USB flash drive or hard drives using FAT32/16/12 file system. 2.. • If the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive attached to an independent IDE/SATA controller.... use the <End> key during the POST to access Q-Flash.... Step 3: When the update process is complete.... Q-Flash Utility v2.. Step 1: 1.. • Do not turn off or restart the system when the system is reading/updating the BIOS.MXIC SP2 512K English Enter : Run A Floppy HDD 0-0 Keep DMI Data Enable Update BIOS from Drive Save BIOSfound 0 file(s) to Drive :Move ESC:Reset < D r i vF10:Power Off e> <Drive> Total size : 0 Free size : 0 3. • The Save Main BIOS to Drive option allows you to save the current BIOS file. In the main menu of QFlash. Step 2: The process of the system reading the BIOS file from the floppy disk is displayed on the screen..02 Flash Type/Size.. • Do not remove the floppy disk.. Q-Flash Utility v2. The monitor will display the update process.... Insert the floppy disk containing the BIOS file into the floppy disk drive.. press <Enter> to begin the BIOS update....... or hard drive when the system is updating the BIOS........B.... USB flash drive.... When the message "Are you sure to update BIOS?" appears... Make sure the BIOS update file matches your motherboard model. Select the BIOS update file and press <Enter>.. use the up or down arrow key to select Update BIOS from Drive and press <Enter>....MXIC SP2 Keep DMI Data Enable Update BIOS from Pass !! Copy BIOS completed .. choose the location where the BIOS file is saved. The follow procedure assumes that you save the BIOS file to a floppy disk......02 Flash Type/Size... Select Floppy A and press <Enter>...Drive !! Save BIOS to Drive Please:Move any key to continue press ESC:Reset 512K Enter : Run F10:Power Off ...

As the system boots. you should see the new BIOS version is present on the POST screen. System will re-detect all peripherals devices after a BIOS update.64 - . Step 5: During the POST. Select Load Optimized Defaults and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults. so we recommend that you reload BIOS defaults. The procedure is complete after the system restarts.English Step 4: Press <Esc> and then <Enter> to exit Dual BIOS/Q-Flash and reboot the system. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status Frequency/Voltage Control ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? Y Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Optimized Defaults F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Press <Y> to load BIOS defaults Step 6: Select Save & Exit Setup and then press <Y> to save settings to CMOS and exit BIOS Setup.

(Corporate Online Management) function when using @BIOS. Select @BIOS and click Install.M. 3. close all applications and TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs. avoid a power loss or switching off the Internet). • Installing the @BIOS utility. • Accessing the @BIOS utility. This helps prevent unexpected failures when performing a BIOS update. Installing and Using @BIOS: Use the driver CD-ROM included with the motherboard to install @BIOS. Step 1: Select the Internet Update check box and click Update New BIOS. GIGABYTE product warranty does not cover any BIOS damage or system failure resulting from an inadequate BIOS flashing. 5. Click Start>Program>Gigabyte>BIOS>@BIOS C. ensure the Internet connection is stable and do NOT interrupt the Internet connection (for example. Failure to do so may result in a corrupted BIOS or a system that is unable to start.65 - Unique Features . Update the BIOS Using the Internet Update Function 2. Save Current BIOS allows you to save the current BIOS file. Select this option Click Update New BIOS Step 2: Select the @BIOS server site closest to your location and click OK. In Windows. Save the Current BIOS File In the main dialog box of @BIOS. Do not use the C. Before You Begin: 1. . During the BIOS update process. 2.4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility A. disable this function in BIOS Setup. If your system supports Intel® Hyper-Threading technology.O. Options and Instructions: 1. B. English 4.

Make sure the extracted BIOS file matches your motherboard model.66 - . restart your system. Step 4: As the system boots. Updating the BIOS with an incorrect BIOS file could result in an unbootable system.English Step 3: First make sure the model name on the screen is correct. Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function Click Update New BIOS Step 1: Click Update New BIOS.*) in the Files of type list. then click OK. Upon completion. press <Delete> to enter the BIOS Setup program. Upon completion. Updating the BIOS with an incorrect BIOS file could result in an unbootable system. 3. Select Load Optimized Defaults and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults. • If more than one model is present when doing Step 3 above. press <Delete> to enter the BIOS Setup program. recomfirm your motherboard model.g. Select Load Optimized Defaults and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults. please manually download the BIOS update file from GIGABYTE's website and follow the instructions in "Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function" below. f1) obtained from the Internet or through other source. • If the BIOS update file for your motherboard is not present on the @BIOS server site. 946gmxs2. Select the location where you save the BIOS update file (e. select All Files (*. Step 3: Press OK to begin the BIOS update process. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . Step 4: As the system reboots. restart your system. Step 2: In the Open dialog box.

and M.A.I.) The EasyTune 5 Interface Button Information Table 1.I.I.A. . 4. 7. SMART FAN PC HEALTH GO EASY MODE/ADVANCED MODE Display Field Function LEDs GIGABYTE Logo Help Exit or Minimize Description Enters the Overclocking setting page Enters the C.I. 3.B. or memory and reduce the useful life of these components.A. 2.67 Unique Features .I. may provide optimizations for CPU and memory. enhancing the performance of these components.4-3 EasyTune 5 English EasyTune 5TM . read or download the information on/from the Support\Motherboard\Utility page on our website. 6. an easy-to-use and convenient system overclocking and management tool. 11. chipset.I. 9. (Note 1) Available functions in EasyTune 5 may differ by motherboard model. (Note 2) C.B. smart fan control. (Note 2) .I./ M.A. (For instructions on using EasyTune5. 8. EasyTune 5 provides the following functions (Note 1): overclocking/overvoltage. and M. setting page Enters the Smart-Fan setting page Enters the PC Health setting page Confirmation and Execution button Toggles between Easy and Advance Mode Displays panel of CPU frequency Shows the information of the current function Visits GIGABYTE website Displays EasyTune TM 5 help screen Quits or minimizes EasyTune TM 5 Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to CPU. 10.I.B. Button/Display OVERCLOCKING C. make sure that you fully know how to use each function of EasyTune 5. Before you do the overclock/overvoltage. C. eliminating the need to enter the BIOS Setup program.B./M. 5. and hardware monitoring and warning. or system instability or other unexpected results may occur. lets you do overclock and overvoltage in Windows environment.

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Center/Subwoofer speaker out. For example. • 2 channel audio: Headphone or Line out.1/7. • 7. .1 channel audio: Front speaker out. and etc. users can listen to MP3 music.1-channel audio.1-Channel Audio The motherboard provides six audio jacks on the back panel which support 2/4/5. Front Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out The integrated HD (High Definition) audio provides Mic In jack retasking capability that allows the user to change Side Speaker Out the function for each jack through the audio driver. and Center/Subwoofer speaker out. you can have both the front and back panel front audio connectors active simultaneously. if a Rear speaker is plugged into the default Center/ Subwoofer speaker out jack.1 Channel Audio Configurations: Refer to the following for multi-channel speaker configurations.1 channel audio: Front speaker out. in a 4-channel audio configuration. and Side speaker out. connect your microphone to the Mic in or Line in jack and manually configure the jack for microphone functionality. • If your front panel audio supports Intel HD Audio standard.Chapter 5 5-1 Appendix English Configuring Audio Input and Output 5-1-1 Configuring 2/4/5. all at the same time.1/7. Rear speaker out. • To install a microphone.69 Appendix . (Note) 2/4/5. you can retask the Center/Subwoofer speaker out jack to be Rear speaker out. HD Audio features multistreaming capabilities that allow multiple audio streams (in and out) to be simultaneously processed. Rear speaker out. High Definition Audio (HD Audio) HD Audio includes multiple high quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that support 44. make a telephone call over the Internet.1/7. • 4 channel audio: Front speaker out and Rear speaker out. For example. The picture to the right shows the default audio jack Center/Subwoofer Line In Speaker Out assignments.1KHz/48KHz/ 96KHz/192KHz sampling rate. • 5. have an Internet chat.

70 - . 6CH Speaker. the Audio Manager icon will appear in your system tray. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . Configuring Speakers: (The following instructions use Windows XP as the example operating system.English A. Step 3: Everytime you connect an audio device to an audio jack. the Connected device box appears. Then click OK to complete the configuration. Step 2: Click the Audio I/O tab. select 2CH Speaker. Double-click the icon to access the Audio Control Panel. make sure the "Microsoft UAA Bus driver from High Defintion Audio" has been installed from the motherboard driver CD-ROM and your operating system has been updated with the latest Service Pack for Windows. Select the device according to the type of device you connect.) Step 1: After installing the audio driver. or 8CH Speaker according to the type of speaker configuration you wish to set up. 4CH Speaker. In the speaker list on the left. Before installing the audio driver.

When using an AC'97 front panel audio module. Click OK to activiate the AC'97 functionality. click the tool icon on the Audio I/O tab On the Global Connector Settings box. . English C.71 - Appendix . you can only have audio signals present on either the front or the back panel audio connections. Configuring Sound Effect: You may configure an audio environment on the Sound Effect tab. select the Disable front panel jack detection check box.B. but not both at the same time. Configuring AC'97 Audio: If you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module.

S/PDIF out: The S/PDIF out jacks can transmit audio signals to an external decoder for decoding to get the best audio quality. Install the S/PDIF in and out cable first if you want to output S/PDIF digital audio signals to an external decoder.72 - .English 5-1-2 Installing the S/PDIF In and Out Cable (Optional) The S/PDIF in and out cable provides S/PDIF in and S/PDIF out functionalities. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . attach the connector at the end of the cable to the SPDIF_IO header on your motherboard. Installing the S/PDIF In and Out Cable: Step 1: First. A. Step 2: Secure the metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw. Optical S/PDIF Out Coaxial S/PDIFOut Optical S/PDIF In Coaxial S/PDIFIn S/PDIF in: The S/PDIF in jacks allow you to input digital audio signals to the computer for audio processing.

Click OK to complete the configuration. . In the S/PDIF In/Out Settings dialog box. English S/PDIF Coaxial Cable S/PDIF Optical Cable B.73 - Appendix .Step 3: Connect a S/PDIF coaxial cable or a S/PDIF optical cable (either one) to an external decoder for transmitting the S/PDIF digital audio signals. Configuring S/PDIF out: Click the tool icon in the DIGITAL section. select an output sampling rate and select (or disable) the output source.

Step 3: in your system tray and Locate the Volume icon click it to open the volume control panel GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . Double-click the icon to access the Audio Control Panel. Step 2: Connect your microphone to the Mic in jack (pink) on the back panel or the Line in jack on the front panel.English 5-1-3 Configuring Microphone Recording Step 1: After installing the audio driver. Note: The microphone functions on the front panel and back panel cannot be used at the same time. Then configure the jack for microphone functionality. the Audio Manager icon will appear in your system tray.74 - .

Step 4: To hear the sound being recorded during the recording process when using the microphone function on the front panel. do not select the Mute check box under Rear Pink In in Master Volume. Select Realtek HD Audio Input in the Mixer devie list Recording Control . It is recommended that you set the volume at a middle level. In the Mixer device list. or you will not hear any sound when playing back the recording you just made.75 - Appendix . do not select the Mute check box under Front Pink In or Front Green In in Master Volume. English or (Note) If you cannot find the volume control options you need in Master Volume. go to Options and click Properties. To hear the sound being recorded during the recording process when using the microphone function on the back panel. Do NOT mute the recording sound. select Realtek HD Audio Input. It is recommended that you set the volume at its middle level. Step 5: Next. while in Master Volume. Then set the recording sound level properly. go to the Options menu and then choose Properties. Select the volume control options you wish to show and click OK to complete.

wav) file you wish to play. click the Stop button . On the File menu. To stop the recording. click the Stop button 5. 2. choose Open. 4. select the 1 Microphone Boost check box.g. choose New. To stop playing. To record a sound file. Front Pink In). 2. In the Open dialog box. English Step 7: After completion.Step 6: To raise the recording and playing sound for the microphone. and then click Sound Recorder to begin the sound recording. 5-1-4 Using the Sound Recorder Recording the Sound: 1. On the File menu.g. 3. microphone) to the computer. point to Accessories. go to Options in Master Volume and select Advanced Controls. click the Play button . Front Green In. Make sure you have connected the audio input device (e. select the sound (. Click the Advanced button under a volume control option (e.76 - . To play a sound file. 3. You may use the Fast Forward button to move to the beginning of a file or the Fast Backward button to the end. Be sure to save the recording upon completion. . point to Programs. Playing the Sound: 1. 4. GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . click Start. point to Entertainment. click the Recording button . In the Other Controls field.

Plug in the power cord and restart your computer. 5. please go to the Support\Motherboard\FAQ page on GIGABYTE's website. making them short for 5 seconds.) 3. (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery holder. which will clear the CMOS values after about one minute. Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup during the POST.5-2 Troubleshooting English 5-2-1 Frequently Asked Questions To read more FAQs for your motherboard. 9 short: BIOS ROM error Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly Continuous short beeps: Power error . Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Q: What do the beeps emitted during the POST mean? A: The following Award BIOS beep code descriptions may help you identify possible computer problems. In the Main Menu. Refer to the steps below: Steps: 1. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute. Q: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after the computer shuts down? A: Some motherboard provides a small amount of standby power after the computer shuts down and that's why the light is still on. press <Ctrl>+<F1> to show the advanced options. Q: How do I clear the CMOS values? A: If your motherboard has a clearing CMOS jumper. 6. refer to the instructions on the motherboard battery in Chapter 1. If your board doesn't have this jumper.77 Appendix . (For reference only. If not. 2. Select "Load Fail-Safe Defaults" (or "Load Optimized Defaults") to load BIOS default settings. 1 short: Memory or motherboard error 1 long. 3 short: Keyboard error 1 long. Saves changes and exit BIOS Setup (select "Save & Exit Setup") to restart your computer. Q: Why do I still get a weak sound even though I have turned my speaker to the maximum volume? A: Make sure your speaker is equipped with an internal amplifier. refer to the instructions on the CLR_CMOS jumper in Chapter 1 to short the jumper to clear the CMOS values. Q: In the BIOS Setup program. You can temporarily remove the battery from the battery holder to stop supplying power to the CMOS. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.) 1 short: System boots successfully 2 short: CMOS setting error 1 long. why are some BIOS options missing? A: Some advanced options are hidden in the BIOS Setup program. 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error 1 long. try a speaker with power/ amplifier. 4. Replace the battery.

Is the power connector of the CPU cooler connected to the CPU_FAN header properly? Yes Yes Isolate the short circuit. Make sure the motherboard does not short-circuit with the chassis or other metal objects. Connect the CPU cooler power cable to the motherboard. The problem is verified and solved. Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup.78 - . and power cord etc. Select "Load Fail-Safe Defaults" (or "Load Optimized Defaults").. follow the troubleshooting procedure below to solve the problem. The problem is verified and solved. The problem is verified and solved. Check if the memory is installed properly on the memory slot..) GA-946GMX-S2 Motherboard . Remove all peripherals. Connect the ATX main power cable and the 12V power cable.English 5-2-2 Troubleshooting Procedure If you encounter any troubles during system startup. No Check if the CPU cooler is attached to the CPU securely. No Secure the CPU cooler on the CPU. connecting cables. START Turn off the power. A (Continued. Turn on the power to start the computer. No Correctly insert the memory into the memory socket. Yes Insert the graphics card. Select "Save & Exit Setup" to save changes and exit BIOS Setup.

Yes Turn off the computer. The problem is verified and solved.English A When the computer is turned on. . Turn off the computer and connect the IDE/SATA devices. CPU or CPU socket might fail. Check if the system can boot successfully. Our customer service staff will reply you as soon as possible. Plugg in the keyboard and mouse and restart the computer. expansion slot. or cable might fail.79 - Appendix . Or go to the Support\Technical Service Zone page to submit your question. No The IDE/SATA device. or monitor might fail. is the CPU cooler running? Yes No The power supply. The problem is verified and solved. The problem is verified and solved. contact the place of purchase or local dealer for help. END If the procedure above is unable to solve your problem. Yes Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Check if the keyboard is working properly. Yes Reinstall the operating system. Select "Load Fail-Safe Defaults" (or "Load Optimized Defaults"). Reinstall other devices one by one (install one device at one time and then boot the system to see if the device works successfully). No The keyboard or mouse might fail. The problem is verified and solved. No The graphics card. connector. Check if there is display on your monitor. Select "Save & Exit Setup" to save changes and exit BIOS Setup.

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