Manual Rev: 2.1 Release Date: December 2003 FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equip- ment is operated in a commercial environment.
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Safety Instructions Always read the safety instructions carefully. Keep this User’s Manual for future reference. Keep this equipment away from humidity. Lay this equipment on a reliable flat surface before setting it up. The openings on the enclosure are for air convection hence protects the equipment from overheating.
ATX 12V Power Connector: JPW1 ..........2-9 Back Panel ..................2-10 Mouse Connector ............... 2-10 Keyboard Connector ..............2-11 USB Connectors ................2-11 Serial Port Connectors: COM A ........... 2-12 RJ-45 LAN Jack: Giga-bit LAN (8110S) ........2-12 Audio Port Connectors ............... 2-13 Parallel Port Connector: LPT1 ............
Control Keys ................. 3-3 Getting Help .................. 3-3 The Main Menu ................... 3-4 Standard CMOS Features ..............3-6 Advanced BIOS Features ..............3-8 Advanced Chipset Features ............... 3-12 Power Management Features ............. 3-14 PNP/PCI Configurations ..............3-18 Integrated Peripherals ................ 3-21 PC Health Status ................
Getting Started Chapter 1. Getting Started Getting Started Thank you for choosing the 865PE Neo2-P (MS-6728) ® v2.X ATX mainboard. The 865PE Neo2-P is based on Intel 865PE & ICH5 chipsets for optimal system efficiency. De- ® ® signed to fit the advanced Intel Pentium 4 processors in 478 pin package, the 865PE Neo2-P delivers a high perfor-...
Getting Started On-Board Peripherals On-Board Peripherals include: - 1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes - 1 serial port COMA - 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode - 8 USB 2.0 ports (Rear * 4/ Front * 4) - 1 Line-In / Line-Out / Mic-In audio port - 1 RJ45 LAN jack - 1 rear coaxial SPDIF-Out...
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Mainboard Layout Top : mouse JCI1 CPUFAN1 Bottom: keyboard Winbond W83627THF Top : Parallel Port Bottom: COM A T: SPDIF Out B: USB ports JPW1 T: LAN jack B: USB ports Intel 865PE Line-In Line-Out NBFAN1 AGP Slot CoreCell Realtek 8110S...
Getting Started MSI Special Features Color Management MSI has a unified color management rule for some connectors on the mainboards, which helps you to install the memory modules, expansion cards and other peripherals devices more easily and conveniently. Dual Memory DDR DIMMs: Channel A is light green, Channel B is...
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard CoreCenter (TM) CoreCenter - contains OC Menu panel, users can determine their processor and memory type to optimize its memory capacity. This all-in-one hardware console is advanced combination of the popular PC Alert and Fuzzy Logic. Including powerful function with hardware monitor, system alert and instinctive UI of overclocking, CoreCenter is just like your PC doctor that can detect, view and adjust the PC hardware and system status during real time operation.
The exclusive OC Menu is fully de- veloped to support DDR400+ memory modules. By comprehensive validation of over 67 DDR400+ memory modules, MSI concluded best parameters for DRAM voltage, Vio and other BIOS settings. You can select DDR433, DDR450, DDR466 and DDR500 from DRAM frequency in BIOS setting.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Core Cell Chip By diagnosing the current system utilization, the CoreCell™ Chip automatically tunes your motherboard to the optimal state, leading to less noise, longer duration, more power- saving and higher performance. Features of CoreCell™ Speedster -- Advanced O.C. design. -- Superior O.C.
(FDD1) and the other end to the standard floppy disk. CPU Thermal Protection Aimed to prevent the CPU from overheating, MSI has developed a CPU ® Thermal Protection mechanism for Intel CPU platform. This CPU Thermal Protection mechanism works on a thermal signal sensor. If the mechanism senses an abnormal temperature rise, it will automatically shut down the system and the CPU temperature will then drop down and become normal.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard D-Bracket™ 2 D-Bracket™ 2 is a USB bracket integrating four Diagnostic LEDs, which use graphic signal display to help users understand their system. The LEDs provide up to 16 combinations of signals to debug the system. The 4 LEDs can detect all problems that fail the system, such as VGA, RAM or other failures.
Getting Started D-Bracket™ 2 Description Processor Initialization - This will show information regarding the processor (like brand name, system bus, etc…) Testing RTC (Real Time Clock) Initializing Video Interface - This will start detecting CPU clock, checking type of video onboard.
Live Monitor™ The Live Monitor™ is a tool used to schedule the search for the latest BIOS/drivers version on the MSI Web site. To use the function, you need to install the “MSI Live Update 3” application. After installation, the “MSI Live Monitor” icon (as shown on the right) will appear on the screen.
Live Update 3” icon (as shown on the right) will appear on the screen. Double click the “MSI Live Update 3” icon, and the following screen will appear: Five buttons are placed on the left column of the screen. Click the desired button to start the update process.
Hardware Setup Chapter 2. Hardware Setup Hardware Setup This chapter tells you how to install the CPU, memory modules, and expansion cards, as well as how to setup the jumpers on the mainboard. Also, it provides the instructions on connecting the peripheral devices, such as the mouse, keyboard, etc.
OK * *: Overclocking spec. Please refer to P.10 “Memory Modules” in the ap- pendant Test Report for the list of qualified test memory modules. MSI Reminds You... Overclocking This mainboard is designed to support overclocking. However, please make sure your components are able to tolerate such abnormal setting, while doing overclocking.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard CPU Installation Procedures for Socket 478 Please turn off the power and unplug the power cord before Open Lever installing the CPU. Pull the lever sideways away Sliding 90 degree Plate from the socket. Make sure to raise the lever up to a 90- degree angle.
Hardware Setup Installing the CPU Fan As processor technology pushes to faster speeds and higher performance, thermal management becomes increasingly important. To dissi- pate heat, you need to attach the CPU cooling fan and heatsink on top of the CPU. Follow the instructions below to install the Heatsink/Fan: Locate the CPU and its retention Position the heatsink onto the reten- mechanism on the mainboard.
Hardware Setup Memory The mainboard provides 4 slots for 184-pin, 2.5V DDR DIMM with 8 memory banks. You can install DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 / DDR433 / DDR466 / DDR500 / DDR533 SDRAM modules on the DDR DIMM slots (DIMM 1~4). To operate properly, at least one DIMM module must be installed.
128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB 512MB~4GB MSI Reminds You... Dual-channel DDR works ONLY in the 3 combinations listed in the table above. Installing DDR Modules 1. The DDR DIMM has only one notch on the center of module. The module will only fit in the right orientation.
Hardware Setup Power Supply The mainboard supports ATX power supply for the power system. Before inserting the power supply connector, always make sure that all components are installed properly to ensure that no damage will be caused. ATX 20-Pin Power Connector: ATX1 This connector allows you to connect to an ATX power supply.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Back Panel The back panel provides the following connectors: L-in Parallel SPDIF Out Mouse Keyboard COMA USB Ports USB Ports L-out Mouse Connector ® The mainboard provides a standard PS/2 mouse mini DIN connector for ® ® attaching a PS/2 mouse.
Hardware Setup Keyboard Connector ® The mainboard provides a standard PS/2 keyboard mini DIN connector ® ® for attaching a PS/2 keyboard. You can plug a PS/2 keyboard directly into this connector. PS/2 Keyboard (6-pin Female) Pin Definition SIGNAL DESCRIPTION Keyboard DATA Keyboard DATA No connection...
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Serial Port Connectors: COM A The mainboard offers one 9-pin male DIN connectors as serial port COM A. The port is a 16550A high speed communication port that sends/receives16 bytes FIFOs. You can attach a serial mouse or other serial devices directly to the connectors.
Line In Line Out S/PDIF Out-Coaxial MSI Reminds You... For advanced audio application, ALC655 is provided to offer support for 6-channel audio operation and can turn rear audio connectors from 2-channel to 4-/6-channel audio. For more information on 6-channel audio operation, please refer to Appendix.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Parallel Port Connector: LPT1 The mainboard provides a 25-pin female centronic connector as LPT. A parallel port is a standard printer port that supports Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) and Extended Capabilities Parallel Port (ECP) mode. Pin Definition SIGNAL DESCRIPTION STROBE...
Sensor CPUFAN1 SFAN1, SFAN2 NBFAN1 MSI Reminds You... 1. Always consult the vendors for proper CPU cooling fan. 2. CPUFAN1 supports the fan control. You can install Core Center utility that will automatically control the CPU fan speed according to the actual CPU temperature.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Front Panel Connectors: JFP1 & JFP2 The mainboard provides two front panel connectors for electrical con- ® nection to the front panel switches and LEDs. JFP1 is compliant with Intel Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide. Reset Power Switch JFP1...
IDE2 (Secondary IDE Connector) IDE2 can also connect a Master and a Slave drive. MSI Reminds You... If you install two hard disks on cable, you must configure the second drive to Slave mode by setting its jumper. Refer to the hard disk documentation supplied by hard disk vendors for jumper setting instructions.
Take out the dust cover and connect to the hard disk devices Connect to serial ATA ports MSI Reminds You... Please do not fold the serial ATA cable in a 90-degree angle, for this might cause the loss of data during the transmission. 2-18...
Hardware Setup D-Bracket™ 2 Connector: JDB1 The mainboard comes with a JDB1 connector for you to connect to D- Bracket™ 2. D-Bracket™ 2 is a USB Bracket that supports both USB1.1 & 2.0 spec. It integrates four LEDs and allows users to identify system problem through 16 various combinations of LED signals.
Left channel audio signal to front panel AUD_RET_L Left channel audio signal return from front panel MSI Reminds You... If you don’t want to connect to the front audio header, pins 5 & 6, 9 & 10 have to be jumpered in order to have signal output directed to the rear audio ports.
Hardware Setup CD-In Connector: JCD1 The connector is for CD-ROM audio connector. JCD1 GND L Chassis Intrusion Switch Connector: JCI1 This connector is connected to a 2-pin chassis switch. If the chassis is opened, the switch will be short. The system will record this status and show a warning message on the screen.
JBAT1 Keep Data Clear Data MSI Reminds You... You can clear CMOS by shorting 2-3 pin while the system is off. Then return to 1-2 pin position. Avoid clearing the CMOS while the system is on; it will damage the mainboard.
Hardware Setup Slots The mainboard provides one AGP slot and five 32-bit PCI bus slots. AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) Slot The AGP slot allows you to insert the AGP graphics card. AGP is an interface specification designed for the throughput demands of 3D graphics. It introduces a 66MHz, 32-bit channel for the graphics controller to directly access main memory.
BIOS Setup Chapter 3. BIOS Setup BIOS Setup This chapter provides information on the BIOS Setup program and allows you to configure the system for optimum use. You may need to run the Setup program when: ² An error message appears on the screen during the system booting up, and you are requested to run SETUP.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Entering Setup Power on the computer and the system will start POST (Power On Self Test) process. When the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to enter Setup. DEL: Setup F11: Boot Menu F12: Network boot TAB: Logo If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter Setup, restart the system by turning it OFF and On or pressing the RESET...
BIOS Setup Control Keys < Move to the previous item < Move to the next item < Move to the item in the left hand < Move to the item in the right hand <Enter> Select the item <Esc> Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu from a submenu <+/PU>...
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard The Main Menu Once you enter AMIBIOS NEW SETUP UTILITY, the Main Menu will appear on the screen. The Main Menu displays twelve configurable func- tions and two exit choices. Use arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter>...
BIOS Setup Integrated Peripherals Use this menu to specify your settings for integrated peripherals. PC Health Status This entry shows your PC health status. Frequency/Voltage Control Use this menu to specify your settings for frequency/voltage control. Set Supervisor Password Use this menu to set Supervisor Password. Set User Password Use this menu to set User Password.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Standard CMOS Features The items inside STANDARD CMOS SETUP men u ar e divided in to 11 categories. Each category includes none, one or more setup items. Use the arrow keys to highlight the item you want to modify and use the <PgUp> or <PgDn>...
BIOS Setup Primary/Secondary/Third/Fourth IDE Master/Slave Press PgUp/<+> or PgDn/<-> to select the hard disk drive type. The specification of hard disk drive will show up on the right hand according to your selection. Type Select how to define the HDD parameters Cylinders Enter cylinder number Heads...
The items allow you to set the sequence of boot devices where BIOS attempts to load the disk operating system. MSI Reminds You... Available settings for “1st/2nd/3rd Boot Device” vary depend- ing on the bootable devices you have installed. For example, if you did not install a floppy drive, the setting “Floppy”...
BIOS Setup Try Other Boot Device Setting the option to Yes allows the system to try to boot from other devices if the system fails to boot from the 1st/2nd/3rd boot device. Full Screen LOGO Show This item enables you to show the company logo on the bootup screen. Settings are: Enabled Shows a still image (logo) on the full screen at boot.
This field is used to enable or disable the Hyper Threading function. Setting to Enabled will increase the system performance. Settings: Enabled, Disabled. MSI Reminds You... Enabling the functionality of Hyper-Threading Technology for your computer system requires ALL of the following platform Components: ®...
BIOS Setup MPS Revision This field allows you to select which MPS (Multi-Processor Specification) version to be used for the operating system. You need to select the MPS version supported by your operating system. Settings: 1.4 and 1.1. APIC ACPI SCI IRQ This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Inter- rupt Controller).
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Advanced Chipset Features MSI Reminds You... Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset. DRAM Timing Setting... Press <Enter> and to enter the sub-menu screen. Configure SDRAM Timing by SPD Selects whether DRAM timing is controlled by the SPD (Serial Presence Detect) EEPROM on the DRAM module.
BIOS Setup (clocks) in creases the system per for mance th e most wh ile 3 (clocks) provides the most stable performance. RAS# Precharge This item controls the number of cycles for Row Address Strobe (RAS) to be allowed to precharge. If insufficient time is allowed for the RAS to accumulate its charge before DRAM refresh, refreshing may be incomplete and DRAM may fail to retain data.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Power Management Features ACPI Standby State This item specifies the power saving modes for ACPI function. If your operat- ing system supports ACPI, such as Windows 98SE, Windows ME and Win- dows 2000, you can choose to enter the Standby mode in S1(POS) or S3(STR) fashion through the setting of this field.
BIOS Setup driver to initialize the VGA card. Therefore, if the AGP driver of the card does not support the initialization feature, the display may work abnormally or not function after resuming from S3. Power Management/APM Setting to Enabled will activate an Advanced Power Management (APM) device to enhance Max Saving mode and stop CPU internal clock.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard FDC/LPT/COM Ports, Primary/Secondary Master/Slave IDE These items specify if the BIOS will monitor the activity of the specified hardware peripherals or components. If set to Monitor, any activity detected on the specified hardware peripherals or components will wake up the system or prevent the system from entering the power saving modes.
Alarm Minute 00 ~ 59 Alarm Second 00 ~ 59 MSI Reminds You... If you have changed this setting, you must let the system boot up until it enters the operating system, before this function will work. Keyboard PowerOn Function This item allows the activity of the keyboard to wake up the system from any state (S3/S4/S5 state).
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard PNP/PCI Configurations This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play) feature. PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with its special components.
BIOS Setup Init. Graphics Adapter Priority This setting specifies which VGA card is your primary graphics adapter. Setting options are: AGP/PCI The system initializes the installed AGP card first. If an AGP card is not available, it will initial- ize the PCI VGA card. PCI/AGP The system initializes the installed PCI VGA card first.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Onboard I/O is configured by AMIBIOS. All IRQs used by onboard I/O are configured as PCI/PnP. If all IRQs are set to ISA/EISA, and IRQ 14/15 are allocated to the onboard PCI IDE, IRQ 9 will still be available for PCI and PnP devices.
BIOS Setup Integrated Peripherals Please note that the options showed on your BIOS might be different depending on the motherboard you buy. USB Controller This setting is used to enable/disable the onboard USB controllers. USB Device Legacy Support Set to All Device if you need to use any the USB 1.1/2.0 device in the operat- ing system that does not support or have any USB 1.1/2.0 driver installed, such as DOS and SCO Unix.
S-ATA Ports Definition This allows you to set the boot sequence of serial ATA ports. MSI Reminds You... If you wish to use S-ATA devices on your mainboard while the ATA devices connected to the IDE1 and IDE2 are also available,...
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Set Super I/O Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears: OnBoard F DC Select Enabled if your system has a floppy disk controller (FDD) installed on the system board and you wish to use it. Option Description Auto...
BIOS Setup IR Pin Select Set to IRRX/IRTX when using an internal IR module connected to the IR connector. Set to SINB/SOUTB. when connecting an IR adapter to COM B. Onboard Parallel Port This field specifies the base I/O port address of the onboard parallel port. Selecting Auto allows AMIBIOS to automatically determine the correct base I/O port address.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard PC Health Status This section shows the status of your CPU, fan, overall system status, etc. Monitor function is available only if there is hardware monitoring mecha- nism onboard. Chassis Intrusion The field enables or disables the feature of recording the chassis intrusion status and issuing a warning message if the chassis is once opened.
Use this menu to specify your settings for frequency/voltage control. Performance Mode This item allows you to control the MAT (memory acceleration technology) function of CPU. MAT is MSI ’s exclusive technology, specializing in opti- mizing the data transfer rate among CPU, north bridge chip and memory, and also in procuring better memory performance and bandwidth up to 10%.
Defaults (Normal), too D.O.T. Range (D.O.T) Dynamic Overclocking Technology is the automatic overclocking function, included in the MSI ’s newly developed CoreCell Technology. It is designed to detect the load balance of CPU while running programs, and to adjust the best CPU frequency automatically.
CPU Voltage (V) (for Northwood CPU only) The setting is adjustable if you set the “CPU Vcore Adjust” to “Yes”. MSI Reminds You... Changing CPU Ratio/Vcore could result in the instability of the system; therefore, it is NOT recommended to change the default setting for long-term usage.
BIOS FEATURES menu. If the PASSWORD CHECK option is set to Always, the password is required both at boot and at entry to Setup. If set to Setup, password prompt only occurs when you try to enter Setup. MSI Reminds You... About Supervisor Password & User Password: Supervisor password: Can enter and change the settings of the setup menu.
Pressing ‘Enter’ loads the default BIOS values that enable the best system performance but may lead to a stability issue. MSI Reminds You... The option is for power or overclocking users only. Use of high performance defaults will tighten most timings to increase the system performance.
Using 2-, 4- & 6-Channel Audio Function Appendix A: Using 2-, 4- & 6-Channel Audio Function The mainboard is equipped with Realtek ALC655 chip, which provides support for 6-channel audio output, including 2 Front, 2 Rear, 1 Center and 1 Subwoofer channel.
1. Insert the companion CD into the CD-ROM drive. The setup screen will automatically appear. 2. Click Realtek AC97 Audio Drivers. Click here MSI Reminds You... The AC97 Audio Configuration software utility is under continuous update to enhance audio applications. Hence, the...
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Software Configuration After installing the audio driver, you are able to use the 4-/6-channel audio feature now. Click the audio icon from the window tray at the lower- right corner of the screen to activate the AC97 Audio Configuration. Sound Effect Here you can select a sound effect you like from the Environment list.
Using 2-, 4- & 6-Channel Audio Function Here it provides the Karaoke function which will automatically remove human voice (lyrics) and leave melody for you to sing the song. Note that this function applies only for 2-channel audio operation. Just check the Voice Cancellation box and then click OK to activate the Karaoke function.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Equalizer Here you regulate each equalizer for current playing digital sound sources. You may choose the provided sound effects, and the equalizer will adjust automatically. If you like, you may also load an equalizer setting or make an new equalizer setting to save as an new one by using the buttons Load and Save.
Using 2-, 4- & 6-Channel Audio Function Speaker Configuration In this tab, you can easily configure your multi-channel audio function and speakers. 1. Select the audio configuration below which is identical to the audio jack in your mainboard. 2. Select a desired multi-channel operation from Number of Speaker. a.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard Speaker Test You can use this tab to test each connected speaker to ensure if 4- or 6- channel audio operation works properly. If any speaker fails to make sound, then check whether the cable is inserted firmly to the connector or replace the bad speakers with good ones.
Using 2-, 4- & 6-Channel Audio Function MSI Reminds You... 1. 6 speakers appear on the “Speaker Test” tab only when you select “6-Channel Mode” in the “Number of Speakers” col- umn in “Speaker Configuration” tab. If you select “4-Chan- nel Mode”, only 4 speakers appear on the window.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard General In this tab it provides some information about the AC97 Audio Configu- ration utility, including Audio Driver Version, DirectX Version, Audio Control- ler & AC97 Codec. You may also select the language of this utility by choosing from the Language list.
Using 2-, 4- & 6-Channel Audio Function Using 2-, 4- & 6- Channel Audio Function Connecting the Speakers When you have set the Multi-Channel Audio Function mode properly in the software utility, connect your speakers to the correct phone jacks in accordance with the setting in software utility.
MS-6728 ATX Mainboard 4-Channel Mode for 4-Speaker Output The audio jacks on the back panel always provide 2-channel analog audio output function, however these audio jacks can be transformed to 4- or 6- channel analog audio jacks by selecting the corresponding multi-channel operation from No.
Out function when 6-Channel Mode for 6-Speaker Output is selected. MSI Reminds You... If the audio signals coming from the Center and Subwoofer speaker are swapped when you play video or music on the computer, a converter may be required to exchange center and subwoofer audio signals.