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Thunder K8WE
Version 1.01
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   Summary of Contents for TYAN THUNDER K8WE

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    In no event will TYAN be held liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damage, loss of use, loss of data or other malady resulting from errors or inaccuracies of information contained in this document.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Page 38 BIOS Memory Menu Page 52 BIOS Boot Menu Page 54 BIOS Exit Menu Page 56 Chapter 4: Diagnostics Beep Codes Page 57 Flash Utility Page 57 BIOS Post Code Page 58 Glossary Page 61 Technical Support Page 67

  • Page 3: Hardware Specifications, Chapter 1: Introduction

    CAD, Graphics Design, High Bandwidth Video Editing, etc. Remember to visit TYAN’ s Website at There you can find information on all of TYAN’ s products with FAQs, online manuals and BIOS upgrades. 1.2 - Hardware Specifications...

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    Serial (one) internal pin header) Stacked PS/2 keyboard and mouse connectors System Management Two dual port USB2.0 connectors Total six 4-pin fan headers with (total 4 ports) PWM and tachometer monitoring Two RJ-45 LAN connectors with Watchdog Timer support LEDs

  • Page 5: Software Specifications

    Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit/64-bit) Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit/64-bit) SUSE Professional 9.x and SLES 9 SP2 RHEL3 Update 4 RHEL4 Update 1 TYAN reserves the right to add support or discontinue support for any OS with or without notice.

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  • Page 7: Chapter 2: Board Installation

    Chapter 2: Board Installation You are now ready to install your motherboard. The mounting hole pattern of the Thunder K8WE matches the SSI EEB 3.51 specification. Before continuing with installation, confirm that your chassis supports an SSI EEB v3.51 motherboard.

  • Page 8: Board Image

    This picture is representative of the latest board revision available at the time of publishing. The board you receive may or may not look exactly like the above picture. The following page includes details on the vital components of this motherboard.

  • Page 9: Block Diagram

    2.2 - Block Diagram S2895 Thunder K8WE Block Diagram

  • Page 10: Board Parts, Jumpers And Connectors

    This diagram is representative of the latest board revision available at the time of publishing. The board you receive may not look exactly like the above diagram. Jumper Legend ©© OPEN - Jumper OFF, without jumper cover ©© CLOSED – Jumper ON, with jumper cover

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    PCI-X-Bridge B Bus Speed Override COM2 Header J109 FireWire (IEEE 1394A) Pin Header J139 Front Panel Header J142 Reset Button J143 Power Button Front Audio Header P24/P25 USB Front Panel Header External SCSI LED Header SW50 Reset CMOS Button

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    +5V Standby 13¾ NC (KEY) ¾16 SMBUS DATA 15¾ SMBUS CLOCK Chassis Intr# (Active ¾18 17¾ Low) SW50: Reset CMOS Button In certain cases it may be necessary to reset system CMOS. Follow these steps: 1) Power off system

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    +12V J93: COM2 Header Use these pin definitions to connect a port to COM2* Pin1 COM2 Receive ©©© Pin2 COM2 Ground Pin3 COM2 Transfer *TYAN does NOT provide cable for this header. It is designed for OEM use only.

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    Close Pin-3 and 4 (Default)-Onboard buzzer enabled. Open Pin-3 and 4-Disable onboard buzzer or connect to chassis speaker P29: External SCSI LED Header Use to connect external SCSI LED Pin 1: NC, Pin 2: LED, Pin 3: LED, Pin 4: NC

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    FAN4 CPU1 Fan CPU2 Fan FAN3 FAN1 FAN2

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  • Page 18: Installing The Processor(s)

    CPU1. When using a single processor only CPU1 memory banks are addressable. TYAN is not liable for damage as a result of operating an unsupported configuration. The diagram is provided as a visual guide to help you install socket processors and may not be an exact representation of the processors you have.

  • Page 19: Heatsink Retention Frame Installation

    The following diagram will illustrate how to install the most common CPU back plates: 1. Mounting screws 2. Heatsink retention frame 3. CPU socket 4. Motherboard PCB 5. Adhesive insulator material 6. Backplate assembly NOTE: Please see next section for specific instructions on how to install mounting bracket.

  • Page 20: Thermal Interface Material

    CPU lid (applying too much will actually reduce the cooling). Always check with the manufacturer of the heatsink & processor to ensure the Thermal Interface material is NOTE compatible with the processor & meets the manufacturer’ s warranty requirements

  • Page 21: Heatsink Installation Procedures

    2. After tightening screws secure metal clip to plastic retention bracket center tab. Repeat for the other side of heatsink. 3. After securing metal clip to plastic retention bracket center tab, push down on plastic clip to lock plastic clip to side tab.

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    Repeat for other side. 2. Insert screw through metal clip. BE SURE METAL CLIP IS LOCKED ONTO RETENTION FRAME TAB. 3. Tighten screw through metal clip. Repeat on the other side. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN.

  • Page 23: Finishing Installing The Heatsink

    (which should already be attached to the heatsink) to the motherboard. The following diagram illustrates how to connect fans onto the motherboard. Once you have finished installing all the fans you can connect your drives (hard drives, CD-ROM drives, etc.) to your motherboard.

  • Page 24: Tips On Installing Motherboard In Chassis

    Some chassis’ include plastic studs instead of metal. Although the plastic studs are usable, TYAN recommends using metal studs with screws that will fasten the motherboard more securely in place. Below is a chart detailing what the most common motherboard studs look like and how they should be installed.

  • Page 25: Installing The Memory

    128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB* Registered PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 DDR SDRAM memory modules are supported All installed memory will be automatically detected The Thunder K8WE supports up to 16GB* with two CPU’ s installed. * Not validated at the time of print; subject to change.

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    To remove the memory module, simply push the latches outwards until the memory module pops up. Then remove the module. YOU MUST ALWAYS unplug the power connector from the motherboard before performing system hardware changes. NOTE Otherwise you may damage the board and/or expansion device.

  • Page 28: Attaching Drive Cables

    Attaching Serial ATA Cables The Thunder K8WE is also equipped with 4 Serial ATA (SATA) channels. Connections for these drives are also very simple. There is no need to set Master/Slave jumpers on SATA drives.

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    Attach first floppy drive (drive A:) to the end of the cable with the twist in it. Drive B: is usually connected to the next possible connector on the cable (the second or third connector after you install Drive A:).

  • Page 30: Installing Add-in Cards

    If the board has a single CPU installed, you can only use PCI Express Slot 1 and one Nvidia MAC Ethernet is enabled. If NOTE both CPUs are installed, you can use both PCI Express slots and both MAC Ethernets are enabled.

  • Page 31: Connecting External Devices

    Firewire Mouse/Keyboard USBx2 + LAN Stacked Audio (Line in, MIC, Line out) Serial Port Right Side Left Side LAN Link/Activity LED Scheme Activity LED (right Speed Link LED (left side) side) 10Mbps Blink 100Mbps Green Blink 1000Mbps Orange Blink

  • Page 32: Installing The Power Supply

    2.14 - Installing the Power Supply There are three power connectors on your Thunder K8WE. The Thunder K8WE requires an EPS12V/SSI EEB 3.51 (24 pin + 8 pin) power supply to boot. TYAN recommends using a split plane power supply because of the amount of power the S2895 requires.

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    In the rare circumstance that you have experienced difficulty, you can find help by asking your vendor for assistance. If they are not available for assistance, please find setup information and documentation online at our website or by calling your vendor’ s support line.

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  • Page 35: Bios Setup Utility

    Use the left/right (ß à) arrow keys to make a selection To display a sub-menu (A pointer “4” marks all sub menus) Use the arrow keys to move the cursor to the sub menu you want. Then press <Enter>.

  • Page 36: Bios Menu Bar, Bios Legend Bar, Getting Help

    Execute command or select submenu 3.4 - Getting Help Pressing [F1] will display a small help window that describes the appropriate keys to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. To exit the Help window, press [ESC] or [F1] key again.

  • Page 37: Bios Main Menu

    ¡ô¡õ: Select Item -/+: Change Values F9: Setup Defaults ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description HH:MM:SS System Time Set the system time MM:DD: System Date Set the system date YYYY

  • Page 38: Bios Advanced Menu

    Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description 800MHz 200MHz 400MHz Set frequency of HT-LDT Hammer Configuration 600MHz link between K8 and CK8S. 1000MHz Auto Integrated Devices Menu Item Set integrated devices. Configure FirstWare Menu Item FirstWare Configuration options.

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    ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description USBA+ USBB+USB2 USB Control Set USB controllers. USBA+USBB Disabled Disabled Set support for USB USB BIOS Legacy Support Keyboard/Mouse. Enabled Enabled MAC LAN Set MAC LAN device. Disabled

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    Use the <Plus> and <Minus> keys to change the value of the selected option. PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility Advanced MAC LAN: [Enabled] Item Specific Help MAC LAN Bridge: [Enabled] F1: Help ¡ô¡õ: Select Item -/+: Change Values F9: Setup Defaults ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values

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    Description Enabled NV Configuration Set Nvidia RAID control. Disbled IDE Primary/Secondary Disabled Enable the drive as RAID. Master/Slave Enabled Internal SATA Disabled Enable the drive as RAID. Primary/Secondary Enabled Disabled External SATA Enable the drive as RAID. Primary/Secondary Enabled

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    Chinese (S) Set the current FirstWare FirstWare Language Spanish language to the selected language. French German Italian High FirstWare Authentication Select the FirstWare Medium Level Authentication level. 800x600 640x480 Select the FirstWare Video FirstWare Video Mode Mode. 1024x768 1280x1024

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    PCI Device, Slot #1~6 configuration. Reserve specific upper PCI/PNP ISA UHB Region Menu Item memory blocks for use by Exclusion legacy ISA devices. Reserve the specific IRQs PCI/PNP ISA IRQ Menu Item for use by legacy ISA Resource Exclusion devices.

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    Enabled Initialize device expansion Option ROM Scan ROM. Disabled Enabled Enable selected device as Enable Master a PCI bus master. Disabled Minimum guaranteed time 0040h Latency Timer slice allotted for bus master 0020h in units of PCI bus clocks.

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    F9: Setup Defaults ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description C800-CBFF, CC00-CFFF Reserves the specified Available D000-D3FF, D400-D7FF block of upper memory for Reserved D800-D8FF, DC00-DFFF use by legacy ISA devices.

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    F1: Help ¡ô¡õ: Select Item -/+: Change Values F9: Setup Defaults ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description Reserves the specified IRQ Available IRQ3/4/5/7/9/10/11/15 for use by legacy ISA Reserved devices.

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    Large Disk Access Mode Other mode. Both Disabled Enable the integrated local Local Bus IDE adapter bus IDE adapter. Primary Secondary IDE Channel 0/1 Menu Item Configure the IDE channel. Master/Slave IDE Channel 2/3 Master Menu Item Configure the IDE channel.

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    LBA Mode Control to be used in place of Enabled Cylinders, Heads_Sectors. This setting enables or Disabled 32 Bit I/O disables 32 bit IDE data Enabled transfers. Select the method for Disabled Transfer Mode moving data to/from the Enabled drive.

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    [Disabled] LBA Mode Control: [Disabled] 32 Bit I/O: [Disabled] Transfer Mode: [Disabled] Ultra DMA Mode: F1: Help ¡ô¡õ: Select Item -/+: Change Values F9: Setup Defaults ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values

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    Option Description Auto Disabled Configure using floppy disk Floppy disk controller Enabled controller. Controlled Set the base I/O address Primary Base I/O address for the floppy disk NULL controller. Auto Disabled Legacy Diskette A Select floppy type Enabled Enabled

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    F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description Auto Disabled Serial port A Configure serial port A. Enabled Controlled Set the base I/O address Base I/O address for serial port A. IRQ4 Set the interrupt for serial Interrupt port A. IRQ3

  • Page 52: Bios Memory Menu

    ¡ö ¡÷: Select Screen Enter: Select 4 Sub-Menu Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values Feature Option Description Enabled Set the state of memory Memory Cache cache. Disabled Write Back Cache System BIOS area Control caching of system BIOS area. Write Through Write Protect

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    Cache D800-DBFF Write Back Write Back Write Control caching of the Cache DC00-DFFF Through memory blocks. Write Protect Disabled Write Protect Cache E000-E3FF Write Cache E400-E7FF Control caching of the Through Cache E800-E8FF memory blocks. Cache EC00-EFFF Disabled Write Back

  • Page 54: Bios Boot Menu

    Disabled Disabled Boot-time Diagnostic Display the diagnostic Screen screen during boot. Enabled Disabled Display system Summary screen Enabled configuration on boot. Select the search order for Boot Device Priority Menu Item the types of boot devices.

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    Esc: Exit F10: Previous Values The boot menu will list all bootable devices. Use <Enter> to expand or collapses devices with a ‘ +’ or ‘ -‘ . Use <+> or <-> to arrange the priorities of all bootable devices.

  • Page 56: Bios Exit Menu

    Discard Changes Use this option to restore all new setup values that you have made but not saved in CMOS. Save Changes Use this option to restore all new setup values that you have made and saved in CMOS.

  • Page 57: Beep Codes, Flash Utility, Chapter 4: Diagnostics

    BIOS flash failure, you must contact your dealer for a replacement BIOS. There are no exceptions. TYAN does not have a policy for replacing BIOS chips directly with end users. In no event will TYAN be held responsible for damages done by the end user.

  • Page 58: Bios Post Code

    Enable A20 line Test RAM between 512 and 640 KB Autosize DRAM Test extended memory Initialize POST Memory Test extended memory Manager address lines Clear 512 KB base RAM Jump to UserPatch1 1-3-4-1. RAM failure on Configure advanced cache address registers

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    Test and initialize PS/2 Initialize error logging mouse Initialize floppy controller Initialize error display function Determine number of ATA Initialize system error drives (optional) handler Initialize hard-disk PnPnd dual CMOS controllers (optional) Initialize local-bus hard-disk Initialize notebook docking controllers (optional)

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    Initialize PIC and DMA Initialize System Management Mode Initialize Memory type Output one beep before boot Initialize Memory size Boot to Mini DOS Shadow Boot Block Clear Huge Segment System memory test Boot to Full DOS Initialize interrupt vectors

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    The CPU can manipulate data in a buffer before copying it to a disk drive. While this improves system performance (reading to or writing from a disk drive a single time is much faster than doing so repeatedly) there is the possibility of

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    CPU. This frees up CPU resources for other tasks. As with IRQs, it is vital that you do not double up devices on a single line. Plug-n-Play devices will take care of this for you.

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    BIOS, it is a ROM chip which can, unlike normal ROM, be updated. This allows you to keep up with changes in the BIOS programs without having to buy a new chip. TYAN’ s BIOS updates can be found at ESCD (Extended System Configuration Data): a format for storing information about Plug-n-Play devices in the system BIOS.

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    PnP (Plug-n-Play): a design standard that has become ascendant in the industry. Plug-n-Play devices require little set-up to use. Devices and operating systems that are not Plug-n-Play require you to reconfigure your system each time you add or change any part of your hardware.

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    AcceleRAID 150, 200 or 250, to implement RAID on a system board-embedded SCSI bus or a set of SCSI busses. SISL: SCSI Interrupt Steering Logic ( LSI ) (only on LSI SCSI boards) Sleep/Suspend mode: in this mode, all devices except the CPU shut down.

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    CPUs without damaging the sensitive CPU pins. The CPU is lightly placed in an open ZIF socket, and a lever is pulled down. This shifts the processor over and down, guiding it into the board and locking it into place.

  • Page 67: Technical Support

    Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. The RMA number should be prominently displayed on the outside of the shipping carton and the package should be mailed prepaid. TYAN will pay to have the board shipped back to you.

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    Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by manufacturer. Dispose of used battery according to manufacturer instructions and in accordance with your local regulations. Document #: D1629-100

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