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  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Notices ... vii Safety information ... viii About this guide ... ix Commando specifications summary ... xi Chapter 1: Product introduction Welcome! ... 1-1 Package contents ... 1-1 Special features ... 1-2 1.3.1 Product highlights ... 1-2 1.3.2 Unique features ... 1-4 Chapter 2: Hardware information Before you proceed ...
  • Page 4 4.1.1 ASUS Update utility ... 4-1 4.1.2 Creating a bootable floppy disk ... 4-4 4.1.3 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility ... 4-5 4.1.4 AFUDOS utility ... 4-6 4.1.5 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility ... 4-8 BIOS setup program ... 4-9 4.2.1...
  • Page 5 4.7.2 Boot Settings Configuration ... 4-33 4.7.3 Security ... 4-34 Tools menu ... 4-37 4.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 ... 4-37 4.8.2 ASUS O.C. Profile ... 4-38 Exit menu ... 4-39 Chapter 5: Software support Installing an operating system ... 5-1 Support DVD information ...
  • Page 6 5.2.7 Other information ... 5-6 Software information ... 5-8 5.3.1 ASUS MyLogo3 5.3.2 SoundMAX 5.3.3 ASUS PC Probe II ... 5-15 5.3.4 ASUS AI Suite ... 5-21 5.3.5 ASUS AI N.O.S..5-23 5.3.6 ASUS AI Gear ... 5-24 5.3.7 ASUS AI Nap ...
  • Page 7: Notices

    Notices Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 8: Safety Information

    Safety information Electrical safety • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system. • When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected.
  • Page 9: About This Guide

    Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. ASUS websites The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information. Optional documentation Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer.
  • Page 10: Conventions Used In This Guide

    Conventions used in this guide To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual. DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task. CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task.
  • Page 11: Commando Specifications Summary

    ® Intel Quad-core CPU Ready ® Compatible with Intel 06/05B/05A processors ® * Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list Intel P965 / ICH8R with Intel ® ® Technology 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz 4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 800 / 667 / 533 MHz, non...
  • Page 12 3 x optional fan connectors System panel connector 8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE...
  • Page 13 3 in 1 Q-connector 7 x cable ties InterVideo Media Launcher (OEM version) ® Optional fan for Water-Cooling or Passive-Cooling only Drivers ASUS PC Probe II ASUS Update ASUS AI Suite ASUS AI Booster Futuremark 3DMark 06 Advanced Edition ®...
  • Page 15: Chapter 1: Product Introduction

    This chapter describes the motherboard features and the new technologies it supports. Product introduction...
  • Page 16 Chapter summary Welcome! ... 1-1 Package contents ... 1-1 Special features ... 1-2 ASUS Commando...
  • Page 17: Welcome

    Thank you for buying an ASUS The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards! Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in your package with the list below.
  • Page 18: Special Features

    Green ASUS This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packaging to safeguard consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
  • Page 19 The motherboard comes with dual Gigabit LAN controllers to provide the total solution for your networking needs. These network controllers use the PCI Express segment to provide faster data bandwidth for your wired or wireless Internet, LAN, and file sharing requirements. See page 2-25 for details. ASUS Commando...
  • Page 20: Unique Features

    The ASUS fanless design allows multi-directional heat flow from major thermal sources in the motherboard to lower overall system temperature, resulting in quieter operation and longer system life. ASUS has devoted special efforts to address the thermal issues across the motherboard, and most notably in the following areas: CPU, power, VGA, Northbridge and Southbridge.
  • Page 21 ASUS Q-Connector The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and error-free. See pages 2-36 for details.
  • Page 22 See page 4-38 for details. ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. See page 4-8 for details. ASUS EZ Flash 2 EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility.
  • Page 23: Chapter 2: Hardware Information

    This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when installing system components. It includes description of the jumpers and connectors on the motherboard. Hardware information...
  • Page 24 Chapter summary Before you proceed ... 2-1 Motherboard overview ... 2-2 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ... 2-6 System memory ... 2-14 Expansion slots ... 2-20 Jumper ... 2-23 Audio Card Installation ... 2-24 Connectors ... 2-25 ASUS Commando...
  • Page 25: Before You Proceed

    ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED. ® COMMANDO COMMANDO Onboard LED ASUS Commando SB_PWR Standby Powered Power...
  • Page 26: Motherboard Overview

    Motherboard overview Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it. Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
  • Page 27: Motherboard Layout

    PCI3 PCIEX16_2 TSB43AB22A PCI4 IE1394_2 OPT_TEMP3 OPT_TEMP2 OPT_FAN3 OPT_FAN2 Refer to 2.8 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors. ASUS Commando 24.5cm (9.6in) LGA775 Intel ® P965 ® CR2032 3V Lithium BATTERY CMOS Power USB910 USB56...
  • Page 28: Layout Contents

    2.2.4 Layout contents Slots DDR2 DIMM slots PCI slots PCI Express x16 slots Jumper Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC_EN) Rear panel connectors PS/2 mouse port (green) Coaxial S/PDIF Out port LCD Poster LAN 2 (RJ-45) port LAN 1 (RJ-45) port USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2, 3 and 4 IEEE 1394a port Optical S/PDIF Out port...
  • Page 29 Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED) • System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER) • ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWR) • Reset button (2-pin RESET) ASUS Q-connector (system panel) Onboard switches Clear CMOS switch Power-on switch Reset switch ASUS Commando Page...
  • Page 30: Central Processing Unit (Cpu)

    ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related. • Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA775 socket.
  • Page 31: Installing The Cpu

    To prevent damage to the socket pins, do not remove the PnP cap unless you are installing a CPU. Lift the load lever in the direction of the arrow to a 135º angle. ASUS Commando This side of the socket box should face you. PnP cap...
  • Page 32 Lift the load plate with your thumb and forefinger to a 100º angle (A), then push the PnP cap from the load plate window to remove (B). Position the CPU over the socket, making sure that the gold triangle is on the bottom-left corner of the socket then fit the socket alignment key into the...
  • Page 33: Installing The Cpu Heatsink And Fan

    Make sure to orient each fastener with the narrow end of the groove pointing outward. (The photo shows the groove shaded for emphasis.) ASUS Commando thermal condition and performance. condition and performance. processor, the package includes the CPU fan ®...
  • Page 34 Push down two fasteners at a time in a diagonal sequence to secure the heatsink and fan assembly in place. Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN. ® COMMANDO COMMANDO CPU fan connector Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
  • Page 35 Rotate each fastener counterclockwise. Pull up two fasteners at a time in a diagonal sequence to disengage the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard. Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard. ASUS Commando 2-11...
  • Page 36 Rotate each fastener clockwise to ensure correct orientation when reinstalling. The narrow end of the groove should point outward after resetting. (The photo shows the groove shaded for emphasis.) Refer to the documentation in the boxed or stand-alone CPU fan package for detailed information on CPU fan installation.
  • Page 37: Installing The Optional Fan

    Plug the optional fan cables to any of the OPT_FAN1~3 connectors on the motherboard. • Make sure the optional fan is installed correctly to prevent damage to the fan and motherboard components. ASUS Commando Fit the grooved edge to the heatsink. The above photo shows the fan installed on the motherboard.
  • Page 38: System Memory

    System memory 2.4.1 Overview The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) sockets. A DDR2 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR DIMM but has a 240-pin footprint compared to the 184-pin DDR DIMM. DDR2 DIMMs are notched differently to prevent installation on a DDR DIMM socket.
  • Page 39: Memory Configurations

    • Due to chipset limitation, DDR2-667 with CL=3 will be downgraded to run at DDR2-533 by default setting. If you want to operate with lower latency, adjust the memory timing manually. ASUS Commando 64-bit Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ’s ®...
  • Page 40 Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the blue slots or the white slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration. Supports four modules inserted into both the blue and white slots as two pairs of Dual-channel memory configuration. Visit the ASUS website for the latest DDR2-800/667/533 MHz QVL. 2-16 Chip No. Part No.
  • Page 41 1024MB Transcend E5108AE-6E-E 512MB Transcend J12Q3AB-6 1024MB Transcend J12Q3AB-6 1024MB Super Talent Heat-Sink Package 512MB SMART G64M8XB3ITIX4TUE 512MB SMART G64M8XB3ITIX4TUE ASUS Commando Part No. KVR667D2N5/256 KVR667D2N5/512 KVR667D2N5/256 HYS64T32000HU-3S-A M378T6553CZ0-CE6 M378T3354CZ3-CE6 M378T2953CZ3-CE6 HYMP564U64AP8-Y5 VS512MB667D2 VS1GB667D2 EBE25UC8ABFA-6E-E EBE51UD8AEFA-6E-E M20AD5Q3H3163J1C52 M2OAD5G3H3166I1C52 M2OAD5G3I4176I1C52 BL6464AA663.8FD BL12864AA663.16FD2...
  • Page 42 Commando Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR2-533 MHz capability Size Vendor 512MB KINGSTON 1024MB KINGSTON 256MB Qimonda 512MB Qimonda 2048MB Qimonda 256MB Qimonda 512MB Qimonda 1024MB Qimonda 256MB Qimonda 1024MB Qimonda 256MB SAMSUNG 512MB SAMSUNG 1024MB SAMSUNG 512MB Hynix 512MB Hynix 1024MB Hynix...
  • Page 43: Installing A Dimm

    Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining clips. The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force. Remove the DIMM from the socket. ASUS Commando DDR2 DIMM notch Unlocked retaining clip DDR2 DIMM notch 2-19...
  • Page 44: Expansion Slots

    Expansion slots In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub-sections describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support. Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
  • Page 45: Interrupt Assignments

    USB controller 5 – USB 2.0 controller 1 – USB 2.0 controller 2 – SATA controller 1 – SATA controller 2 – Azalia – ASUS Commando – – – – – – – – – – – – –...
  • Page 46: Pci Slots

    2.5.4 PCI slots The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location of the slots. 2.5.5 PCI Express x16 slots This motherboard has two PCI Express x16 slots that support PCI Express x16 graphic cards complying with the PCI Express specifications.
  • Page 47: Jumper

    Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS can automatically reset parameter settings to default values. • To prevent accidental pressing of the Clear CMOS switch, the CLRTC_EN jumper default setting disables the switch. ASUS Commando CLRTC_EN Normal Clear RTC (Default)
  • Page 48: Audio Card Installation

    Audio Card Installation Take out the Audio card from the package. Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card sits on the slot completely. 2-24 Locate the slot on the motherboard. The above photo shows the audio card installed on the motherboard.
  • Page 49: Connectors

    Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications. LAN port LED indications Activity/Link Speed LED Status Description No link ORANGE Linked BLINKING Data activity ASUS Commando Gigabit LAN controller, this port ® Gigabit LAN controller, this port ® Status Description 10 Mbps connection ORANGE 100 Mbps connection...
  • Page 50 Line In port (light blue). This port connects the tape, CD, DVD player, or other audio sources. Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
  • Page 51: Internal Connectors

    Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE devices. If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device jumpers have the same setting. ASUS Commando FLOPPY NOTE: Orient the red markings on the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
  • Page 52 ® COMMANDO COMMANDO IDE connector ICH8R Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4, SATA5, SATA6) These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk drives. If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 configuration with the Intel through the onboard Intel •...
  • Page 53 480 Mbps connection speed. ® COMMANDO COMMANDO USB 2.0 connectors You can connect the USB cable to ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard. ASUS Commando 2000 Service Pack 4 or the Windows ®...
  • Page 54 ® COMMANDO COMMANDO IEEE 1394 connector You can connect the 1394 cable to ASUS Q-Connector (1394, red) first, and then install the Q-Connector (1394) to the 1394 connector onboard. Thermal sensor cable connectors (2-pin OPT_TEMP1/2/3) These connectors are for temperature monitoring. Connect the thermal sensor cables to these connectors and place the other ends to the devices, which you want to monitor temperature.
  • Page 55 COMMANDO Fan connectors • CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN1~3, and OPT_FAN 1~3 connectors support the ASUS Q-FAN 2 feature. • If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis fan cable to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN2 for better themal environment.
  • Page 56: Atx Power Connectors

    Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS) This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch. Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced.
  • Page 57: Power Supply Requirements

    500 W to 600 W power or above to ensure the system stability. Power supply requirements Heavy Loading Intel Kentsfield ® 1066MHz 2.66GHz DDR2 800 1 GB*4 ASUS EAX1950 *2 SATA-HD IDE-HD CD-ROM DVD-ROM*1 +12V-V2 +12V-V1 (CPU4 PIN) (24PIN) Io_max (A) 16.9...
  • Page 58 Power supply requirements Normal Loading Intel Conroe ® 1066MHz 2.93GHz DDR2 667 1GB*2 NVIDIA ® SATA-HD IDE-HD CD-ROM DVD-ROM*1 +12V-V2 (CPU4 PIN) Io_max (A) 10.5 Io_rms (A) 7.21 Vout (V) 12.03 Po_max (W) 126.32 Po_rms (W) 86.74 Light Loading Intel Conroe ®...
  • Page 59: System Panel Connector

    BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF. • Reset button (2-pin RESET) This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without turning off the system power. ASUS Commando PLED SPEAKER PANEL RESET IDE_LED Requires an ATX power supply.
  • Page 60: Asus Q-Connector

    ASUS Q-Connector (system panel) You can use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect chassis front panel cables in a few steps. Refer to the instructions below to install the ASUS Q- Connector. Connect the front panel cables to the ASUS Q-Connector.
  • Page 61: Onboard Switches

    To prevent accidental pressing of the Clear CMOS switch, the CLRTC_EN jumper default setting disables the switch. See page 2-23 for details. Power-on switch Press the clear power-on switch to wake/power up the system. ® COMMANDO COMMANDO Power on switch ASUS Commando 2-37...
  • Page 62: Reset Switch

    Reset switch Press the reset switch to reboot the system. ® COMMANDO COMMANDO Reset switch 2-38 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 63 This chapter describes the power up sequence, the vocal POST messages, and ways of shutting down the system. Powering up...
  • Page 64 Chapter summary Starting up for the first time ... 3-1 Turning off the computer ... 3-2 ASUS Commando...
  • Page 65: Starting Up For The First Time

    One continuous beep followed by four short beeps At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the instructions in Chapter 4. ASUS Commando Description VGA detected Quick boot set to disabled No keyboard detected...
  • Page 66: Turning Off The Computer

    Turning off the computer 3.2.1 Using the OS shut down function If you are using Windows Click the Start button then click Shut Down. Make sure that the Shut Down option button is selected, then click the OK button to shut down the computer. The power supply should turn off after Windows If you are using Windows Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
  • Page 67 This chapter tells how to change the system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided. BIOS setup...
  • Page 68 Managing and updating your BIOS ... 4-1 BIOS setup program ... 4-9 Main menu ... 4-12 Extreme Tweaker menu ... 4-16 Advanced menu ... 4-21 Power menu ... 4-27 Boot menu ... 4-32 Tools menu ... 4-37 Exit menu ... 4-39 ASUS Commando...
  • Page 69: Managing And Updating Your Bios

    Input/Output System (BIOS) setup. ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk or USB flash disk.) ASUS AFUDOS (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk.) ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk, USB flash disk or the motherboard support DVD when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.)
  • Page 70 Updating the BIOS through the Internet To update the BIOS through the Internet: Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update main window appears. Select Update BIOS from the Internet option from the drop-down menu, then click Next.
  • Page 71 Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file To update the BIOS through a BIOS file: Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update main window appears. Select Update BIOS from a file option from the drop-down menu, then click Next.
  • Page 72: Creating A Bootable Floppy Disk

    4.1.2 Creating a bootable floppy disk Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk. DOS environment a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive. b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>. Windows XP environment ®...
  • Page 73: Asus Ez Flash 2 Utility

    4.1.3 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to go through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a DOS-based utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is accessible by pressing <Alt>...
  • Page 74: Afudos Utility

    The utility returns to the DOS prompt after copying the current BIOS file. Updating the BIOS file To update the BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility: Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest BIOS file for the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk. Extension name...
  • Page 75 A:\>afudos /iCommando.ROM The utility verifies the file and starts updating the BIOS. A:\>afudos /iCommando.ROM AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB)) Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved. WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS Reading file ...
  • Page 76: Asus Crashfree Bios 3 Utility

    4.1.5 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD, the floppy disk, or the USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
  • Page 77: Bios Setup Program

    The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen. • Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for this motherboard. ASUS Commando...
  • Page 78: Bios Menu Screen

    4.2.1 BIOS menu screen Menu items Menu bar Main Extreme Tweaker System Time System Date Legacy Diskette A Language Primary IDE Master Seconday IDE Master Primary IDE Slave Secondary IDE Slave Third IDE Master Fourth IDE Master IDE Coniguration System Information v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
  • Page 79: Menu Items

    Down> keys to display the other items on the screen. 4.2.9 General help At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item. ASUS Commando System Time [06:22:54] System Date [Fri 05/04/2006] Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in]...
  • Page 80: Main Menu

    Main menu When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving you an overview of the basic system information. Refer to section 4.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen items and how to navigate through them. Main Extreme Tweaker System Time...
  • Page 81: Primary/Secondary/Third/Fourth Ide Master/Slave

    When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] PIO Mode [Auto] Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY [Auto] [Auto] [Auto] [Auto]...
  • Page 82: Ide Configuration

    DMA Mode [Auto] Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1] [SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5] SMART Monitoring [Auto] Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled] 32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled] Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
  • Page 83: System Information

    (C)Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc. AMI BIOS Displays the auto-detected BIOS information. Processor Displays the auto-detected CPU specification. System Memory Displays the auto-detected system memory. ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Select Screen Select Item General Help Save and Exit Exit...
  • Page 84: Extreme Tweaker Menu

    Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters. Loads the optimal settings for the system. Loads the standard settings for the system. The ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System feature intelligently determines the system load and automatically boosts the performance for the most demanding tasks.
  • Page 85: Over Voltage

    [1.4500V] [1.4375V] [1.4250V] [1.4125V] [1.4000V] [1.3875V] [1.3750V] [1.3625V] [1.3500V] [1.3375V] [1.3250V] [1.3125V] [1.3000V] [1.2875V] [1.2750V] [1.2625V] [1.2500V] [1.2375V] [1.2250V] [1.2125V] [1.2000V] [1.1875V] [1.1750V] [1.1625V] [1.1500V] [1.1375V] [1.1250V] [1.1125V] [1.1000V] ASUS Commando CPU External Frequency 266 MHz 200 MHz Configuration options...
  • Page 86 Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage. Setting a high Vcore voltage may damage the CPU! FSB Termination Voltage [Auto] Allows you to select the front side bus termination voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [1.200V] [1.250V] [1.300V] [1.350V] [1.400V] [1.450V] [1.500V] [1.550V] Setting a high FSB termination voltage may damage the chipset and CPU.
  • Page 87: Asus C.g.i. [Auto]

    Configuration options: [Auto] [1.050V] [1.075V] [1.100V] [1.125V] [1.150V] [1.175V] [1.200V] [1.225V] 4.4.2 ASUS C.G.I. [Auto] Allows you to set ASUS C.G.I. Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled] 4.4.3 Static Read Control [Auto] Allows you to set Static Read Control Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [Fast] [Faster] 4.4.4...
  • Page 88 DRAM TRRD [10] Controls the latency between the DDR SDRAM active command and the read/ write command. To configure this item, highlight it and key in a value (Min=0, Max=15), then press <Enter>. Rank Write to Read Delay [10] To configure this item, highlight it and key in a value (Min=0, Max=31), then press <Enter>.
  • Page 89: Advanced Menu

    N/A v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc. POST Check LAN Cable [Disabled] Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On Self-Test (POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced Power Boot BIOS SETUP UTILITY...
  • Page 90: Usb Configuration

    4.5.2 USB Configuration The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options. USB Configuration Module Version - 2.24.0-11.4 USB Devices Enabled: None USB Functions Legacy USB Support Port 64/60 Emulation USB 2.0 Controller Mode BIOS EHCI Hand-off...
  • Page 91: Cpu Configuration

    Setting this item to [Enabled] allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs with extended CPUID functions. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Vanderpool Technology [Enabled] Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] CPU TM function [Enabled] Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced [Disabled] [Enabled] [Disabled] [Enabled]...
  • Page 92: Chipset

    Execute Disable Bit [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable the No-Execution Page Protection Technology. Setting this item to [Disabled] forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Hyper Threading Technology [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable the Hyper Threading Technology. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Inter(R) SpeedStep (tm) Tech.
  • Page 93: Onboard Devices Configuration

    Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] JMicron PATA Controller [Enabled] Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] LCD Poster Back Light [Disable] Allows you to enable or disable the LCD poster back light. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced [Enabled] [HD Audio] [Enabled]...
  • Page 94: Pci Pnp

    4.5.6 PCI PnP The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP devices. The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA devices, and setting the memory size block for legacy ISA devices.
  • Page 95: Power Menu

    Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC). When set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced Power...
  • Page 96: Apm Configuration

    4.6.5 APM Configuration APM Configuration Restore on AC Power Loss Power On By RTC Alarm Power On By PCI Devices Power On By PCIE Devices Power On By PS/2 Keyboard Power On By PS/2 Mouse v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc. Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off] When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
  • Page 97: Hardware Monitor

    CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable the CPU Q-Fan controller. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] The CPU Fan Profile item appears when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature. ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Power [59.5ºC/139ºF] [32ºC/89.5ºF]...
  • Page 98 CPU Fan Profile [Optimal] Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU Q-Fan. When set to [Optimal], the CPU fan automatically adjusts depending on the CPU temperature. Set this item to [Silent Mode] to minimize fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation, or [Performance Mode] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
  • Page 99 Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard voltage regulators. ASUS Commando optional fan control mode. When this item is set to control mode. When this item is set to...
  • Page 100: Boot Menu

    Boot menu The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu. Main Extreme Tweaker Boot Settings Boot Device Priority Boot Settings Configuration Security v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc. 4.7.1 Boot Device Priority Boot Device Priority...
  • Page 101: Boot Settings Configuration

    This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo3 AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS] Sets the display mode for option ROM.
  • Page 102: Security

    Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled] When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup” during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled] When set to [Enabled], this function allows the option ROMs to trap Interrupt 19. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] 4.7.3 Security...
  • Page 103: Change User Password

    Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item shows Installed. ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Boot :Not Installed...
  • Page 104 To set a User Password: Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>. On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>. Confirm the password when prompted. The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password successfully.
  • Page 105: Tools Menu

    4.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <Enter> to confirm your choice. Please see page 4-5, section 4.1.3 for details.
  • Page 106: Asus O.c. Profile

    4.8.2 ASUS O.C. Profile This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings. O.C. PROFILE Configuration O.C. Profile 1 Status O.C. Profile 2 Status Save to Profile 1 Load from Profile 1 Save to Profile 2 Load from Profile 2 Start O.C.
  • Page 107: Exit Menu

    Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM. ASUS Commando BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced...
  • Page 108 Chapter 4: BIOS setup 4-40...
  • Page 109: Chapter 5: Software Support

    This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package. Software support...
  • Page 110 Chapter summary Installing an operating system ... 5-1 Support DVD information ... 5-1 Software information ... 5-8 RAID configurations ... 5-28 Creating a RAID driver disk ... 5-37 ASUS Commando...
  • Page 111: Installing An Operating System

    The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates. 5.2.1 Running the support DVD Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
  • Page 112: Drivers Menu

    Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices. ASUS InstAll - Drivers Installation Wizard Drivers Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Launches the ASUS InstAll driver installation wizard. Intel Chipset Inf Update Program Installs the Intel chipset inf update program. ®...
  • Page 113: Utilities Menu

    ASUS Ai Suite Installs the ASUS AI Suite. ASUS Update The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows ® environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • Page 114: Make Disk Menu

    5.2.4 Make Disk menu The Make Disk menu contains items to create the Intel ICH8 or JMicron JMB36X ® RAID/AHCI driver disk. Make Intel ICH8 32/64bit RAID/AHCI Driver Disk Allows you to create an ICH8 32/64bit RAID/AHCI driver disk. Chapter 5: Software support...
  • Page 115: Manuals Menu

    5.2.6 ASUS Contact information Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find this information on the inside front cover of this user guide. ASUS Commando Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual...
  • Page 116: Other Information

    5.2.7 Other information The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the motherboard and the contents of the support DVD. Click an icon to display the specified information. Motherboard Info Displays the general specifications of the motherboard. Browse this DVD Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format.
  • Page 117: Technical Support Form

    Technical support form Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when requesting technical support. Filelist Displays the contents of the support DVD and a brief description of each in text format. ASUS Commando...
  • Page 118: Software Information

    DVD. See section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details. • Before using the ASUS MyLogo3 of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from the ASUS website. See section 4.1.4 AFUDOS utility. • Make sure that the BIOS item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if you wish to use ASUS MyLogo3.
  • Page 119 Ratio box. When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original BIOS to load the new boot logo. 10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot logo during POST.
  • Page 120: Soundmax ® High Definition Audio Utility

    5.3.2 SoundMAX The ADI AD1988B High Definition Audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability through the SoundMAX the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The software implements high quality audio synthesis/rendering, 3D sound positioning, and advanced voice-input technologies. Follow the installation wizard to install the ADI AD1988B Audio Driver from the support DVD that came with the motherboard package to activate the SoundMAX audio utility.
  • Page 121: Audio Setup Wizard

    SoundMAX ® ® Control Panel. Audio Setup Wizard By clicking the icon from the SoundMAX control panel, you can easily ® configure your audio settings. Simply follow succeeding screen instructions and begin enjoying High Definition Audio. ASUS Commando 5-11...
  • Page 122 Jack configuration This screen helps you configure your computer’s audio ports, depending on the audio devices you have installed. Adjust microphone volume This screen helps you adjust microphone volume. You will be asked to read pre- written text to allow the AudioWizard to adjust the volume as you speak. 5-12 Adjust speaker volume This screen helps you adjust speaker...
  • Page 123 DTS audio signal and send it out from your PC to any DTS enabled system. While DTS NEO:PC turns your stereo audio such as MP3, WMA, CD, and other sound format into a convincing multi-channel audio experience. ASUS Commando 5-13...
  • Page 124 You can enable it when you have conference call to reduce echoes in the other side. The directional Array and Speaker Phone function only when working with the ASUS Array Mic. 5-14 Chapter 5: Software support...
  • Page 125: Asus Pc Probe Ii

    ® To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows > ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window appears. After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows taskbar.
  • Page 126 Button Sensor alert When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle turns red, as the illustrations below show. When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the Monitor panels section for details. Preferences You can customize the application using the Preference section in the main window.
  • Page 127 You can also adjust the threshold values using the Config window. You cannot adjust the sensor threshold values in a small monitoring panel. ASUS Commando Small display Click to increase value Click to decrease...
  • Page 128 Monitoring sensor alert The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below. Large display WMI browser Click to display the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) browser. This browser displays various Windows® management information.
  • Page 129 Click a hard disk drive to display the information on the right panel. The pie chart at the bottom of the window represents the used (blue) and the available HDD ASUS Commando to display the Usage browser. 5-19...
  • Page 130 Memory usage The Memory tab shows both used and available physical memory. The pie chart at the bottom of the window represents the used (blue) and the available Configuring PC Probe II Click to view and adjust the sensor threshold values. The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference.
  • Page 131: Asus Ai Suite

    5.3.4 ASUS AI Suite ASUS AI Suite allows you to launch AI Gear, AI N.O.S., AI Booster, AI Nap, and Q-Fan utilities easily. Installing AI Suite To install AI Suite on your computer: Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
  • Page 132 Other feature buttons Click on right corner of the main window to open the monitor window. Click on right corner of the expanded window to switch the temperature from degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit. 5-22 Displays the CPU/ system temperature, CPU/memory/PCIE voltage, and CPU/ chassis fan speed...
  • Page 133: Asus Ai N.o.s

    5.3.5 ASUS AI N.O.S. This ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System feature intelligently determines the system load and automatically boosts the performance for the most demanding tasks. After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility by double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI N.O.S.
  • Page 134: Asus Ai Gear

    5.3.6 ASUS AI Gear ASUS AI Gear provides four system performance options that allows you to select the best performance setting for your computing needs. This easy-to-use utility adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage to minimize system noise and power consumption.
  • Page 135: Asus Ai Nap

    5.3.7 ASUS AI Nap This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and a more quiet system operation. After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility by double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI Nap button on the AI Suite main window.
  • Page 136: Asus Ai Booster

    5.3.8 ASUS AI Booster The ASUS AI Booster application allows you to overclock the CPU speed in WIndows environment without the hassle of booting the BIOS. ® After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility...
  • Page 137: Asus Q-Fan

    5.3.9 ASUS Q-Fan This ASUS Q-Fan Control feature allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU Q-Fan or the Chassis Q-Fan for more efficient system operation. After enabling the Q-Fan function, the fans can be set to automatically adjust depending on the temperature, to decrease fan speed, or to achieve the maximum fan speed.
  • Page 138: Raid Configurations

    RAID configurations The motherboard comes with the Intel allow you to configure IDE and Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following RAID configurations. RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write data in parallel, interleaved stacks.
  • Page 139: Installing Serial Ata Hard Disks

    Select the item Onboard Serial-ATA BOOTROM, press <Enter>, then select Enabled from the options. Save your changes, then exit the BIOS Setup. Refer to the system or the motherboard user guide for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS Setup. ASUS Commando ® ® 5-29...
  • Page 140 Intel Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM Utility ® The Intel Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM utility allows you to create RAID 0, ® RAID 1, RAID 10 (RAID 0+1), and RAID 5 set(s) from Serial ATA hard disk drives that are connected to the Serial ATA connectors supported by the Southbridge. To enter the Intel Application Accelerator RAID Option ROM utility: ®...
  • Page 141: Creating A Raid 0 Set (Striped)

    Select 2 to 4 disks to use in creating the volume. [↑↓]-Previous/Next Use the up/down arrow key to highlight a drive, then press <Space> to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection. ASUS Commando [ CREATE ARRAY MENU ] Name: Volume0...
  • Page 142 Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID 0 array, then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4 KB to 128 KB. The default stripe size is 128 KB. TIP: We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
  • Page 143 WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST. Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N): Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to main menu or <N> to go back to Create Volume menu. ASUS Commando [ CREATE ARRAY MENU Name: Volume1...
  • Page 144 Creating a RAID 10 set (RAID 0+1) To create a RAID 10 set: From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume, then press <Enter>. This screen appears. Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM v5.0.0.1032 ICH8R wRAID5 Copyright(C) 2003-05 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Enter a string between 1 and 16 characters in length that can be used to uniquely identify the RAID volume.
  • Page 145 [↑↓]-Change [TAB]-Next Enter a name for the RAID 5 set, then press <Enter>. When the RAID Level item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to select RAID 5(Parity), then press <Enter>. ASUS Commando [ CREATE ARRAY MENU Name: Volume5 RAID5(Parity)
  • Page 146 The Disks item is highlighted, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives to configure as RAID. The following pop-up screen appears. Port Drive Model 0 XXXXXXXXXXXX 1 XXXXXXXXXXXX 2 XXXXXXXXXXXX 3 XXXXXXXXXXXX [↑↓]-Previous/Next Use the up/down arrow key to highlight the drive you want to set, then press <Space>...
  • Page 147: Creating A Raid Driver Disk

    32/64-bit RAID Driver to create a JMicron JMB363 RAID driver disk. Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive. Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process. Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection. ASUS Commando ® ® ®...
  • Page 148 To install the RAID driver: During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to install third-party SCSI or RAID driver. Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive. When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, make sure you select Intel(R) 82801GH/GM SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH8R) and JMicron JMB363.
  • Page 149: Appendix: Cpu Features

    The Appendix describes the CPU features and technologies that the motherboard supports. CPU features...
  • Page 150: A.1 Intel ® Em64T

    Chapter summary Intel ® EM64T ...A-1 Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology ...A-3 ASUS Commando Technology (EIST) ...A-1 ®...
  • Page 151: Intel ® Em64T

    32-bit operating systems. • The motherboard comes with a BIOS file that supports EM64T. You can download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website (www.asus.com/ support/download/) if you need to update the BIOS file. See Chapter 4 for details.
  • Page 152: Using The Eist

    A.2.2 Using the EIST To use the EIST feature: Turn on the computer, then enter the BIOS Setup. Go to the Advanced Menu, highlight CPU Configuration, then press <Enter>. Set the Intel(R) SpeedStep Technology item to [Automatic], then press <Enter>. See page 4-24 for details. Press <F10>...
  • Page 153: Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology

    Hyper-Threading Technology is set to Enabled. See page 4-24 for details. The BIOS item appears only if you installed a CPU that supports Hyper- -Threading Technology. Restart the computer. ASUS Commando Pentium 4 LGA775 processors with ® ®...
  • Page 154 Appendix: CPU features...

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