Acer V65XA User Manual

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The V65XA-2 is an all-in-one high-performance system board that
supports the Intel Pentium II processor with MMX (MultiMedia
eXtensions) technology and the Celeron processor. The Pentium II
comes in a card design with 256- or 512-KB second-level cache
already integrated. The Celeron processor also comes in the same
package but without second-level cache. Both are capable of handling
multimedia functions and enhancing the performance of 32-bit
The system board memory is upgradable to 256 MB via two 168-pin
DIMM (Double In-line Memory Module) sockets.
The board
incorporates a 3-D video controller with AGP (Accelerated Graphics
Port) feature, 2- or 4-MB SGRAM (Synchronous Graphics Random
Access Memory), and a 3-D audio controller to fully support
multimedia functions.
Onboard I/O (input/output) interfaces are comprised of two UART
(Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitter) 16C550 serial ports, a
parallel port with SPP (Standard Parallel Port)/ECP (Extended
Capabilities Port)/EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port) support, and PS/2
keyboard and mouse ports. Two USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports,
one VGA (Video Graphics Accelerator) port, one Feature connector,
one mono Microphone-in port, one stereo Line-in port, one Line-out
port, and one Game/MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) port
are also added to the board design to enable the system to support
additional peripherals.
For expansion, the board comes with two ISA (Industry Standard
Architecture) slot, one PCI-/ISA-shared slot, and three PCI (Peripheral
Component Interface) slots.
System Board



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  • Page 1: System Board

    & K D S W H U System Board The V65XA-2 is an all-in-one high-performance system board that supports the Intel Pentium II processor with MMX (MultiMedia eXtensions) technology and the Celeron processor. The Pentium II comes in a card design with 256- or 512-KB second-level cache already integrated.
  • Page 2: Major Components

    Special features such as PnP (Plug-and-Play) support, Power Management, Hardware Monitoring, Wake-on Ring, and Wake-on LAN (Local Area Network) functions are also supported. functions are individually discussed in this chapter. The system is fully compatible with MS-DOS V6.X, OS/2, SCO UNIX, Windows NT, and Windows 95 operating systems.
  • Page 3 Two PCI enhanced IDE interfaces that support up to four IDE devices External ports PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports Two buffered high-speed serial ports One SPP/ECP/EPP high-speed parallel port Two USB ports One standard VGA port One mono Microphone-in port One stereo Line-in port One stereo Line-out port One Game/MIDI port...
  • Page 4: System Board Layout

    System Board Layout Figure 1-1 shows the locations of the major components on the system board. 36 35 34 33 32 31 USB ports PS/2 mouse port Power connector CPU card connector 5-pin fan connector 2-pin fan connector Voltage regulators with heatsink DIMM sockets Battery PCI, AGP, memory controller...
  • Page 5: Jumper And Connector Locations

    Jumpers and Connectors 1.3.1 Jumper and Connector Locations Figure 1-2 shows the jumper and connector locations on the system board. Figure 1-2 System Board Jumper and Connector Locations The blackened pin of a jumper or a connector represents pin 1. System Board...
  • Page 6: Jumper Settings

    1.3.2 Jumper Settings The following table lists possible jumper settings: Table 1-1 Jumper Settings Jumper Setting SW1-SW6 Settings * Default Function VGA IRQ Enabled Disabled Password Bypass password Check password BIOS Acer CPU Frequency (MHz) User’s Guide...
  • Page 7: Onboard Connector Functions

    1.3.3 Onboard Connector Functions Table 1-2 lists the onboard connectors and their respective functions. Table 1-2 System Board Connectors Connector Power on connector USB ports Power connector Upper: PS/2 mouse port Lower: PS/2 keyboard port Upper: Parallel port Lower: VGA port (left) COM1 port (right) AMC connector IDE2 connector...
  • Page 8: Installation Precautions

    Installation Precautions Before you install any system component, we recommend that you read the following sections. These sections contain important ESD precautions, pre- and post-installation instructions. 1.4.1 ESD Precautions Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards, and other components. following precautions before you install a system component: Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  • Page 9: Post-Installation Instructions

    Do not attempt the procedures described in the following sections unless you are a qualified service technician. 1.4.3 Post-installation Instructions Observe the following after installing a system component: See to it that the components are installed according to the step- by-step instructions in their respective sections.
  • Page 10: Memory Configurations

    Memory Configurations The system board comes with two 168-pin DIMM sockets that allow you to expand memory to a maximum of 256 MB. The DIMM sockets support SDRAMs (Synchronous Direct Random Access Memory) and EDO (Extended Data Out) DRAMs with 16-, 32-, 64-, and 128-MB capacities, 60 ns (nanoseconds) or less access time, and without ECC feature.
  • Page 11: Installing A Dimm

    1.5.1 Installing a DIMM Follow these steps to install a DIMM: Open the clips on the socket. Align the DIMM with the socket. Press the DIMM into the socket until the clips lock into the DIMM. Figure 1-3 Installing a DIMM The DIMM socket is slotted to ensure proper installation.
  • Page 12: Removing A Dimm

    1.5.2 Removing a DIMM To remove a DIMM: Press the holding clips on both sides of the socket outward to release the DIMM. Gently pull the DIMM out of the socket. Figure 1-4 Removing a DIMM 1.5.3 Reconfiguring the System The system automatically detects the amount of memory installed.
  • Page 13: Upgrading The Processor

    Upgrading the Processor The board supports a Pentium II processor or a Celeron processor. Both processors come in a new enclosed packaging technology called S.E.C. (Single-Edge Contact) cartridge. The only difference between the two is that the Pentium II processor comes with 256-KB or 512-KB built-in second-level cache, while the Celeron processor comes only with an internal cache.
  • Page 14: Installing A Processor

    Figure 1-6 Removing a Processor Card 1.6.2 Installing a Processor Observe the ESD precautions when installing or removing a system component. Before you proceed, make sure that there is no processor installed in the CPU connector. Follow these steps to install a processor card: Place the retention mechanism over the CPU connector on the system board.
  • Page 15 Figure 1-7 Installing the Retention Mechanism Remove the processor card from its protective packaging. Make sure that the latches on the sides of the module are not pressed. With the processor card golden fingers pointing downward, align the processor to the posts of the retention mechanism. Lower the processor into to the CPU connector on the system board until the golden fingers touch the connector.
  • Page 16: Ide Hard Disk Support

    Press down the processor until the golden fingers completely fit into the connector and the latches on the sides lock the processor into place. Figure 1-9 Locking the Processor IDE Hard Disk Support The board comes with an enhanced PCI IDE controller that supports PIO mode 4 and Ultra DMA (Direct Memory Access) mode data transfers.
  • Page 17: Video Function

    Video Function The onboard video controller is capable not only of enhancing video display, but supporting 3-D video applications as well. controller features the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) design - the latest bus architecture that is considered to be the best solution for 3-D applications.
  • Page 18 Resolution 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 8/16/24/32 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24/32 800 x 600 8/16/24 800 x 600 8/16...
  • Page 19 Table 1-5 Supported Video Resolutions Resolution 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1152 x 864 8/16 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024...
  • Page 20: Audio Function

    Audio Function The board provides a complete 3-D audio solution via the onboard 3-D video controller and the following audio connectors: Mono microphone port Stereo line-in port Stereo line-out port Game/MIDI port CD-in connector Modem connector See Figure 1-1 or Figure 1-2 for the location of these connectors. 1.9.1 Connecting Audio Peripherals The onboard audio ports allow the system to accommodate external...
  • Page 21: Expansion Cards

    1.10 Expansion Cards 1.10.1 Installing a PCI Card To install a PCI card: Locate the PCI slot(s) on the system board. Remove the bracket on the housing opposite to the empty PCI slot. Insert a PCI card into the slot. Make sure that the card is properly seated.
  • Page 22: Installing Isa Cards

    1.10.2 Installing ISA Cards Both PnP and non-PnP ISA cards require specific IRQs (Interrupt ReQuests). When installing ISA cards, make sure that the IRQs required by these cards are not previously assigned to PCI devices to avoid resource conflicts. Follow these steps when installing ISA cards: Turn off the system.
  • Page 23: Hardware Monitoring Function

    Figure 1-12 Installing an ISA Card 1.11 USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a new serial bus design that is capable of cascading low-/medium-speed peripherals (less than 12 Mbps) such as a keyboard, mouse, joystick, scanner, printer and modem/ISDN. With USB, complex cable connections at the back panel of your PC can be eliminated.
  • Page 24 To enable the Hardware Monitoring function, you need to install either ADM or Intel LDCM. Contact your dealer for information on the availability of the software. Refer to the software documentation for more details on the Hardware Monitoring function. 1.13 Wake-on Ring-in Function The Wake-on Ring-in function enables the system to resume from suspend mode by monitoring the fax/modem (or any device of similar...
  • Page 25: Wake-On Lan Function

    1.14 Wake-on LAN Function The system supports the Wake-on LAN feature via the onboard Wake-on LAN connector. This special feature allows the system to suspecial feature allows the system to be turned on via a network. Common network functions, such as remote access, file sharing, etc. are also supported.
  • Page 26 Table 1-6 System Error Messages Error Message Memory Error at Replace the DRAM chips or the DIMMs. MMMM:SSSS:OOOOh (R:xxxxh, W:xxxxh) System Management Replace the DRAM chips or the DIMMs. Memory Bad Keyboard Interface Error Check the keyboard interface circuit or change the keyboard.
  • Page 27 Table 1-6 System Error Messages (continued) Error Message Floppy Disk Controller Check the floppy drive cable and its Error connections. If the cable is good and properly connected, the floppy disk controller may be the problem. Change the floppy disk controller or disable the onboard controller by installing another add-on card with a controller.
  • Page 28: Correcting Error Conditions

    1.15.3 Correcting Error Conditions As a general rule, the "Press F1 to continue" error message is caused by a configuration problem which can be easily corrected. equipment malfunction is more likely to cause a fatal error, i.e., an error that causes complete system failure. Here are some corrective measures for error conditions: Run Setup.

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