Biostar K8VGA-M User Manual

Biostar k8vga-m motherboard: user guide.
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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits of a Class
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    K8VGA-M FCC Information and Copyright This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits of a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction ...1 K8VGA-M Features ...1 Hardware...1 BIOS & Software...3 Package Checklist ...3 Layout of K8VGA-M ...4 Components of K8VGA-M ...5 Chapter 2: Hardware Installation...6 Central Processing Unit (CPU)...6 Fan Headers...8 Memory Modules Installation...9 Connectors, & Slots...10 Chapter 3: Headers &...

  • Page 3: Chapter 1: Introduction

    CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION K8VGA-M F EATURES Supports Socket 754. Supports AMD Athlon 64/Sempron processor. 200/400/600/800 clock rates with Double Data Rate style operation for 400/800/1200/1600 MT/s in both directions simultaneously for Hyper Transport link. Chipset North bridge: VIA K8M800 South bridge: VIA VT8237 Dimensions Micro ATX Form Factor: 24.4cm (W) x 24.4cm (L)

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    K8VGA-M 10/100 LAN PHY Chip: VT6103L Supports 10/100 Mb/s auto-negotiation operation. Half/Full duplex capability. Supports ACPI, PCI power management. Serial ATA Supports 2 serial ATA (SATA) ports. Complaints with SATA 1.0 specification. Data transfer rates up to 150 MB/s IEEE 1394A Chip (optional) Chip: VIA VT6307.

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    Rear I/O Panel for ATX Case X 1 USB 2.0 Cable X1 (optional) S/PDIF Cable X 1 (optional) Serial ATA Cable X 1 (optional) IEEE 1394 Cable X 1 (optional) Serial ATA Power Switch Cable X 1 (optional) K8VGA-M Parallel VGA1 USB x2 Line In/ Surround...

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    K8VGA-M AYOUT OF JATXPWR2 JKBV1 JKBMS1 JUSBV2 JATXPWR1 J1394_USB1 JNFAN1 (optional) JUSBV1 K8M800 JUSBLAN1 JCDIN1 JAUDIO JAUDIO1 AGP1 Codec PCI1 J1394B1 PCI2 (optional) IEEE1394 PCI3 Chip (optional) (optional) Note: ■ represents the 1 pin. K8VGA-M JCFAN1 BAT1 JDJ1(optional) JUSB4 JUSB3...

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    PCI1~3: Peripheral Component Interconnect slots. K. J1394B1 (optional): Front 1394 header. L. CNR: Communication Network Riser slot. M. JWOL1 (optional): Wake up on LAN connector. K8VGA-M K8VGA-M BAT1 VT8237CD BIOS Super I/O N. JSPDIF_OUT: Digital audio out connector. O. JCI1: Chassis open header.

  • Page 8: Chapter 2: Hardware Installation

    90-degree angle. Step 2: Look for the black cut edge on socket, and the white dot on CPU should point forwards this black cut edge. The CPU will fit only in the correct orientation. K8VGA-M (CPU)

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    K8VGA-M Step 3: Hold the CPU down firmly, and then close the lever to complete the installation. Step 4: Put the CPU Fan on the CPU and buckle it. Connect the CPU FAN power cable to the JCFAN1. This completes the...

  • Page 10: Fan Headers

    The JCFAN1, JSFAN1, and JNFAN1 support 3-pin head connector. When connecting with wires onto connectors, please note that the red wire is the positive and should be connected to pin#2, and the black wire is Ground and should be connected to GND. K8VGA-M Assignment Ground +12V...

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    To assure the system safety, if you need to change DDR modules, firstly, please unplug the 20-pin power cable with the power connector, and then you can change the modules. Afterwards, plug in the cable the power connector again, and finally you can boot up the system. K8VGA-M NSTALLATION...

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    The first hard drive should always be connected to IDE1. This motherboard is equipped with 1 standard PCI slot. PCI stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect, and it is a bus standard for expansion cards.

  • Page 13: Chapter 3: Headers & Jumpers Setup

    Power Connectors: JATXPWR1/PATXPWR2 JATXPWR1: This connector allows user to connect 20-pin power connector on the ATX power supply. JATXPWR2: By connecting this connector, it will provide +12V to CPU power circuit. JATXPWR1 JATXPWR2 K8VGA-M Pin closed Pin1-2 closed Assignment Assignment +3.3V +3.3V +3.3V...

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    K8VGA-M Power Source Selection for Keyboard & Mouse: JKBV1 JKBV1 Assignment Pin 1-2 close +5V Standby Voltage Pin 2-3 close Note: In order to support this function “Power-on system via keyboard and mouse”, “JKBV1” jumper cap should be placed on Pin 2-3.

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    K8VGA-M Front Panel Audio Out Header: JAUDIO1 This connector will allow user to connect with the front audio out put headers on the PC case. It will disable the output on back panel audio connectors. Assignment Mic in/center Mic power/Bass...

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    K8VGA-M Digital Audio Out Connector: JSPDIF_OUT This connector will allow user to connect the PCI bracket SPDIF output header. JSPDIF_OUT Chassis Open Header: JCI1 This connector allows system to monitor PC case open status. If the signal has been triggered, it will record to the CMOS and show the message on next boot-up.

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    K8VGA-M Front Panel Connector: JPANEL1 This 24-pin connector includes Power-on, Reset, HDD LED, Power LED, Sleep button, speaker and IrDA Connection. It allows user to connect the PC case’s front panel switch functions. Assignment Function Speaker Connector Speaker HDD LED (+)

  • Page 18: Chapter 4: Useful Help

    In this Case, please follow the procedure below to restore the BIOS: 1. Make a bootable floppy disk. 2. Download the Flash Utility “AWDFLASH.exe” from the Biostar website: 3. Confirm motherboard model and download the respectively BIOS from Biostar website.

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    If the system shutdown automatically after power on system for seconds, that means the CPU protection function has been activated. When the CPU is over heated, the motherboard will shutdown automatically to avoid a damage of the CPU, and the system may not power on again.

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    Screen message says “Invalid Configuration” or “CMOS Failure.” Cannot boot system after installing second hard drive. K8VGA-M Solution Make sure power cable is securely plugged in. Replace cable. Contact technical support.

  • Page 21: Chapter 5: Warpspeeder

    YSTEM EQUIREMENT OS Support: Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP DirectX: DirectX 8.1 or above. (The Windows XP operating system includes DirectX 8.1. If you use Windows XP, you do not need to install DirectX 8.1.) K8VGA-M...

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    Tray Icon utility and [WarpSpeeder™] utility will be automatically and immediately launched after you click “Finish” button. Usage: The following figures are just only for reference, the screen printed in this user manual will change according to your motherboard on hand. K8VGA-M...

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    Main Panel. Main Panel contains features as follows: Display the CPU Speed, CPU external clock, Memory clock, AGP clock, and PCI clock information. Contains About, Voltage, Overclock, and Hardware Monitor Buttons for invoking respective panels. K8VGA-M TRAY ICON AND PANELS...

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    K8VGA-M With a user-friendly Status Animation, it can represent 3 overclock percentage stages: Man walking→overclock percentage from 100% ~ 110 % Panther running→overclock percentage from 110% ~ 120% Car racing→overclock percentage from 120% ~ above...

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    K8VGA-M Click the Voltage button in Main Panel, the button will be highlighted and the Voltage Panel will slide out to up as the following figure. In this panel, you can decide to increase CPU core voltage and Memory voltage or not. The default setting is “No”. If you want to get the best performance of overclocking, we recommend you click the option “Yes”.

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    K8VGA-M Click the Overclock button in Main Panel, the button will be highlighted and the Overclock Panel will slide out to left as the following figure. Overclock Panel contains the these features: “–3MHz button”, “-1MHz button”, “+1MHz button”, and “+3MHz button”: provide user the ability to do real-time overclock...

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    K8VGA-M “Auto-overclock button”: User can click this button and [WarpSpeeder™] will set the best and stable performance and frequency automatically. [WarpSpeeder™] utility will execute a series of testing until system fail. Then system will do fail-safe reboot by using Watchdog function. After reboot, the [WarpSpeeder™] utility will restore to the hardware default...

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    K8VGA-M Click the “about” button in Main Panel, the button will be highlighted and the About Panel will slide out to up as the following figure. In this panel, you can get model name and detail information in hints of all the chipset that are related to overclocking. You can also get the mainboard’s BIOS model and the Version number of...

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    K8VGA-M Note: Because the overclock, overvoltage, and hardware monitor features are controlled by several separate chipset, [WarpSpeeder™] divide these features to separate panels. If one chipset is not on board, the correlative button in Main panel will be disabled, but will not interfere other panels’...

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