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Asus EN8400GS SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Software Reference Manual

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  • Page 1: Software Reference

    Graphics Card Software Reference e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 1 2007.8.29 11:33:39 AM...

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    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

    Notices ... v Safety information ... vi About this guide ...vii ASUS Splendid...1 System Requirements ...1 Introduction ...1 Launching ASUS Splendid ...2 Limitation ...4 ASUS GamerOSD ...5 System Requirements ...5 Enabling ASUS GamerOSD ...5 User Interface ...6 2.3.1 3D Display Setting...6 2.3.2 Video Captureing ...8...

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    Abnormal Events ...33 3.10 Information ...34 3.11 Terminology ...34 ASUS VideoSecurity Online ...37 System Requirements ...37 What’s New ...37 Launching ASUS VideoSecurity ...38 Setup ...40 4.4.1 Main ...40 4.4.2 Mode...43 4.4.3 Email setting ...45 4.4.4 Record setting ...49 4.4.5 Device ...50 4.4.6 Skype Setting ...52...

  • Page 5: 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 6: Safety Information

    Safety information Electrical safety • 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. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device. •...

  • Page 7: About This Guide

    Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. ASUS Websites The ASUS websites worldwide provide updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. The ASUS websites are listed in the ASUS Contact Information on the inside front cover of this installation guide. Optional Documentation Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer.

  • Page 8: Asus Splendid

    Professional/Home Edition with SP2 • DirectX 9.0 or above • After ASUS NVIDIA series or ATI series latest display driver installed, users should install ASUS Enhanced Display Driver version 1.16 or above. • An LCD or CRT monitor with 60 Hz refresh rate.

  • Page 9: Launching Asus Splendid

    Launching ASUS Splendid To launch ASUS Splendid: Click the Start > Control Panel, and then find Display option. From the Display Properties dialog box, select the Settings tab then click Advanced. The following window appears (see the figure on the next page) e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 2...

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    The options of Set Region are: All, Left only and Right only * Dynamic Contrast With the Dynamic Contrast feature, ASUS Splendid is able to intelligently adjust the contrast according to the content on the screen. Whether it is the dark objects in the dark background or the light objects in the light background, ASUS Splendid is able to process without losing the detail.

  • Page 11: Limitation

    YV12 YVU9 NV12 In PCI-E system, the maximum resolution of the video which ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement Technology can support is 1280x720. In AGP system, the maximum resolution of the video which ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement Technology can support is 720x480.

  • Page 12: Asus Gamerosd

    Right click on the empty space of Windows Properties. From the Display Properties dialog box, select the Settings tab then click Advanced. Select the ASUS tab then ASUS OSD to display the options (see the figure on the next page). Click the Enable ASUS OSD check box.

  • Page 13: User Interface

    User Interface 2.3.1 3D Display Setting ASUS graphics card e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 6 2007.8.29 11:33:45 AM...

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    O. C. Mode When the current overclocking function is controlled by GamerOSD, the item shows Manual. If the HyperDrive feature in ASUS SmartDoctor is enabled, this item shows HyperDrive to suggest that the overclocking function is controlled by SmartDoctor. Show FPS Sets to show/hide FPS on your monitor and choose where to display.

  • Page 15: Video Captureing

    Shows 0 in Movie mode. In Broadcast mode, this item shows the number of connected viewers watching your broadcast. Capture Size Shows the resolution of the captured videos. This item is set in Advanced Setting in the GamerOSD setup menu. ASUS graphics card e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 8 2007.8.29 11:33:45 AM...

  • Page 16: Screeshots

    Capture Rate Shows the frame rate of the captured videos. This item is set in Advanced Setting in the GamerOSD setup menu. Start Capturing In Movie mode, press the right/left arrow key or the set hotkeys to start/stop recording games. A red blinking dot appears on the bottom left corner of your screen whe recording.

  • Page 17: Using Asus Gamerosd

    Choose where on the screen to display the FPS, the options include L/T (Left/Top), R/T (Right/Top), L/B (Left/Bottom) and R/B (Right/ bottom). Choose the text colour for FPS, the options include R (Red), G (Green), B (Blue) and Y (Yellow). e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 10 ASUS graphics card 2007.8.29 11:33:47 AM...

  • Page 18: Using Video Capturing Functions

    To overclock while playing games: Start a full-screen DirectX or OpenGL game. Launch GamerOSD (Ctrl+Alt+O) Select GPU Speed from the 3D Display Setting. Use the Left/Right keys on your keyboard to decrease/increase GPU speed. Check the FPS information to see if the current GPU speed is set properly.

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    From the menu appears (figure 2), click Advanced Setting to display the Advanced Setting menu (figure 3), find the Movie Format bar, then choose WMA or XviD MPEG-4 from the drop down list. figure 2 figure 1 figure 3 ASUS graphics card e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 12 2007.8.29 11:33:48 AM...

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    Set the Sound Capture Device. Normally, GamerOSD automatically find your sound capture device. Configure this item only when GamerOSD cannot find a sound capture device or the recorded video has no sound. To set hotkeys, click Screen Shot bars. To view the saved movie and screen shot, click Movie or Screen Shot bar.

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    An icon appears in the desktop task bar showing that Broadcast is enabled. Start a full-screen DirectX or OpenGL game. Launch GamerOSD (Ctrl+Alt+O). Select Start Capturing from the Video Capturing screen. e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 14 ASUS graphics card 2007.8.29 11:33:49 AM...

  • Page 22: Using Screenshots Functions

    If you want to adjust the Capture Size and Capture Rate while playing games, click the GamerOSD icon on the right bottom of the screen in the windows task bar, then click Advanced Settings. To let your friends watch your game on broadcast simultaneously Find your IP address on the top of the GamerOSD screen (see figure below) and tell your friend the IP address.

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    Select the Screenshot Mode, File Format, Capture Numbers and Capture Interval (see the figure below). Press the hotkeys to start capturing game playing screen. Users can change the hotkeys and view the screen captures using the interface below. e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 16 ASUS graphics card 2007.8.29 11:33:50 AM...

  • Page 24: Asus Smartdoctor

    ASUS SmartDoctor ASUS SmartDoctor is a powerful utility designed to perform three major functions including: overclocking, monitoring, and cooling. System Requirements • Operating System: Windows 2000/XP/XP64/Vista32 • Minimum Hard Disk Space: 20MB • Hardware: ASUS ATI Series Graphics Cards, ASUS NVIDIA Series Graphics Cards •...

  • Page 25: Launching Asus Smartdoctor

    The ASUS SmartDoctor utility is a memory resident program that is launched everytime you start Windows and remain in the computer memory to check the graphics card status. To access the ASUS SmartDoctor menu and its functions, double-click on the SmartDoctor icon found on the Windows taskbar, or from Start >...

  • Page 26: Temperature Status

    • The AGP bus VDDQ voltage and AGP bus 3.3 voltage should be supplied steadily by your motherboard. Otherwise, your system will crash. • The FB VDDQ voltage item is grayed or disabled if your graphics card does not support voltage monitoring for this item. Temperature status Click the Temperature status tab to display the GPU and RAM temperature status of your graphics card.

  • Page 27: Engine And Memory Clock Settings

    Engine and memory clock settings You can manually adjust the graphics card engine (GPU) and memory clock to enhance your graphics card performance. To adjust the engine and memory clock: Move the Engine clock slider to adjust the engine clock. Move the Memory clock slider to adjust the memory clock.

  • Page 28: Advanced Setup Features

    The overclocking function does not work with the A9200SE/LE and A9600SE graphics cards. • ASUS do not provide any warranty or support for any damage caused by improper use of this utility. Use this feature carefully. Before using this feature, carefully read the instructions.

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    Monitor polling time interval ASUS SmartDoctor constantly monitors your graphics card hardware status. You can determine how often the SmartDoctor detects the monitor values by selecting the time interval from the dropdown list of Monitor polling time interval. For example, if you set the monitor polling time interval to 5 seconds, SmartDoctor will detect the monitor values every 5 seconds.

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    Disable Warning when running 3D games SmartDoctor provides an option to disable warning when running 3D games. When enabled, ASUS SmartDoctor will not prompt a warning message until you exit playing 3D games. Click the checkbox to enable or disable Disable warning when running 3D games.

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    The Minimize SmartDoctor after running 3D games option is only available when the ASUS enhanced driver is installed in your system. Minimize SmartDoctor at next reboot SmartDoctor provides an option of Minimize SmartDoctor at next reboot. When enabled, ASUS SmartDoctor will minimize after next reboot.

  • Page 32: Monitor

    3.8.2 Monitor To change voltage, temperature, and fan monitor settings: Click the Monitor tab from the SmartDoctor Settings dialog box. Voltage Alarm Settings • Click the check box to enable or disable the alarm for AGPVDDQ (for AGP cards) or PCIE 12V (for PCIe cards), VCC, FBVDDQ or VCORE voltages.

  • Page 33: Fan Control

    Click Apply to apply settings or click OK to save settings and exit. Click Cancel to discard changes and exit. For graphics cards with a monitor IC supporting GPU temperature monitoring only, ASUS SmartDoctor only provides the overclocking and fan control functions. 3.8.3...

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    Manual mode In manual mode, you can set the fan speed at a fixed rate. Using the fan power level slider to adjust the fan speed. Setting the power level to 100% means that the fan will run at full speed, while 0% will stop the fan. Only V9180 series or newer models support this feature.

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    There are five fan speed levels and four temperature boundaries (see the figure below). When the GPU temperature goes beyond 40 degrees Celsius, ASUS SmartCooling will cool down the GPU with the full fan speed (Fastest level). When the temperature falls between 40 and 35 degrees Celsius, the fan speed will be set at fast level.

  • Page 36: Hyperdrive

    HyperDrive, the slider in the main page for manual overclock will be disabled. ASUS do not provide any warranty or support for the damages caused by improper using of this utility. Read the relevant instructions carefully. To change the ASUS HyperDrive settings: Click the HyperDrive tab from the SmartDoctor Settings dialog box.

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    GPU core clock after playing 3D games. Make sure to install the ASUS Enhanced driver when using the HyperDrive 3D mode. B. CPU usage mode - When set to this mode, ASUS SmartDoctor dynamically adjusts the GPU core clock depending on the Central Processing Unit (CPU) work load.

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    With the ASUS SmartCooling feature, the four temperature boundaries in the Fan Control page also defines the SmartDoctor thresholds for the GPU clock. In this mode, the lower the temperature, the better performance you can have. When the HyperDrive is enabled, you can enable the Manual HyperDrive Clock Rate and move the slider to adjust the frequency.

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    ASUS do not provide any warranty or support for the damages caused by improper using of this feature. Click to enable “Enable Manual HyperDrive Clock Rate”, then SmartDoctor displays “Manual OverClocking Rate for HyperDrive” warning message. Click OK button on the warning message.

  • Page 40: Abnormal Events

    If you want ASUS SmartDoctor to inform you of abnormal events, enable the alarm settings in the monitor page. You can check the Enable Overheat protection or Disable Warning When Running 3D games in the setting page to facilitate abnormal event notification.

  • Page 41: Information

    Overheat Protection Overheat protection is an emergency mechanism that protect your graphics cards whenever an overheat or fan malfunction is detected. Also, ASUS SmartDoctor smartly cools down the graphic chip by decreasing the core clock to prevent further temperature increase. SmartCooling SmartCooling automatically adjusts the fan speed according to the GPU temperature.

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    HyperDrive ASUS SmartDoctor allows you to set the GPU and memory clocks manually. With the HyperDrive function enabled, ASUS SmartDoctor takes over the overclocking job. It will fine tune the GPU clock according to the HyperDrive mode. For example, when 3D mode is set, ASUS SmartDoctor will automatically increase the GPU clock when running 3D graphics for better performance.

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    The working voltage of the PCIE bus on the motherboard. The standard voltage value should be around 12V. NOTE: For some models do not monitor PCIE 12V value, ASUS SmartDoctor will disable the PCIE 12V item on the voltage page. ex EN5900 The information tab displays the Model name, Chip Name, Memory Size, BIOS etc.

  • Page 44: Asus Videosecurity Online

    ASUS VideoSecurity Online System Requirements Software: • Microsoft WINDOWS 2000/XP/Vista with DirectX 9.0a or above. • WDM Capture Driver for your capture devices. • Internet Connection with Microsoft IE 6 SP1 or above. • Microsoft Media Player 9.0 or above.

  • Page 45: Launching Asus Videosecurity

    Launching ASUS VideoSecurity To launch ASUS VideoSecurity: From the Windows taskbar, click the Start button then select All Programs -> ASUS -> ASUS Video Security -> ASUS Video Security to display the following menu. e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 38 2007.8.29 11:34:06 AM...

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    Video source: changes the Video connector type. Set detect region: use mouse to drag a rectangular region you want to detect. ASUS VideoSecurity Online supports two video sizes, 320x240 and 640x480. Click to change the size. History: When VideoSecurity Online detects any abnormal event, it records the date, time and other information.

  • Page 47: Setup

    Setup To display the ASUS VideoSecurity setup window, click from the ASUS VideoSecurity menu. 4.4.1 Main The main settings section allows you to adjust the detecting sensibility, detecting interval and working directory. This section also contains the check boxes to enable various features including the alarm, autorun, use of multi-devices, and setting of detecting delay.

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    The default working directory is C:\VideoSec, if Windows roots in disk C. Everytime you launch ASUS VideoSecurity, a new folder is created. The folder filename indicates the current time and date the application was launched. For example, “2005.06.16_04.20.10” means that ASUS VideoSecurity was launched on June 06, 2005 at 4:20:10 AM.

  • Page 49

    • Click the Autorun detect when program run check box to enable or disable the autorun feature of ASUS VideoSecurity. When this item is enabled, VideoSecurity Online will auto-run when system boots. This option is helpful when you use remote control over your computer.

  • Page 50: Mode

    4.4.2 Mode The Mode section allows you to configure the Detecting and Tracing method. To modify the mode settings, click the Mode item from the ASUS VideoSecurity setup dialog box. The following submenu appears: Setting the detecting mode To set the detecting mode: Click the option button of your desired mode.

  • Page 51

    • Stay in the detecting mode until users press “Stop” - when a condition is detected, VideoSecurity will continue detecting the region until you press the Stop button on the main menu. • Leave the detecting mode whenever the number of conditions reaches times - this option allows you to set the maximum number of conditions before VideoSecurity stops detecting a region.

  • Page 52: Email Setting

    Make sure to click OK a When Tracing Box prompts, users can snapshot or capture by themselves, all the recorded files are saved at the current working directory you specified. 4.4.3 Email setting The Email setting section contains the email parameters necessary to send an email when the email alarm feature is enabled.

  • Page 53

    Using the email warning feature To use the email warning feature: From the Main Setting section, click to check Enable alarm. Click the Email Setting item from the setup dialog box then click to enable Send out an email as warning. Key in the email address(es) of the recipient(s), the subject, and body content.

  • Page 54

    Click Sending Mail Settings to configure the email parameters. The following window appears: Server Contains the parameters and protocols necessary to send your email. Key in the host name/address, port number, mail address, authentication method, username, and password. The following describes the server parameters: e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 47 If necessary,...

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    Host Name/Address - refers to the simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) server address that is used to transfer mail over the Internet. Example: or Port Number - the number identifying the type of connection requested by a remote computer on the Internet. The default value is Mail Address - refers to the sender’s email address.

  • Page 56: Record Setting

    4.4.4 Record setting The Record setting section contains parameters that allows you to configure the recording duration whenever condition is detected. To set the recording parameters, click the Record setting item from the setup dialog box. The following submenu appears: To set the recording parameters: Click to enable Start recording whenever there’s an unusual condition occurs.

  • Page 57: Device

    The Device section allows you to set the video capture devices and color settings. To select a video capture device or adjust color settings, click the Device Setting item from the ASUS VideoSecurity setup dialog box. The following sub-menu appears: e3325_vga sw_0829.indb 50...

  • Page 58

    Configuring capture device To configure device: Click the Devices list box to select video capture device. Click the Video Standard list box to set the video standard in your area.The default video standard is chosen based on your system location. Move the slider to adjust the brightness, saturation, contrast or color hue.

  • Page 59: Skype Setting

    4.4.6 Skype Setting Enable Skype: When enabled, ASUS VideoSecurity will work with Skype. If detects something wrong, users could be notified by Skype. Before using this function, users need to install Skype in their system and configure well. When enabling Skype function in the first time, a dialog box pops up as the following.

  • Page 60

    Video settings of Skype need to be configured, and please check the steps as followings: Launch Skype. Click [Tools] tab and select [Options…]. Click “Video” in the left part. Select “Select webcam:” and choose “ASUSTek Video Capture Filter”. Click “Enable Skype Video” and “Start my video automatically”. Click Save.

  • Page 61

    The operation of remote surveillance from Skype looks like as followings (figure 1, 2 and 3). If we have two webcams enabled in the server, we could use chat command “change source” (see figure 3) to switch the webcam you want to see. figure 1: home PC figure 3: remote side PC figure 2: remote side PC...

  • Page 62: Video Source

    Video Source The Video Source lists available video devices installed to your system. When available, you can exchange the different video source types. Video source setting To set the video source: Click Video Source from the VideoSecurity main menu. From the pop-up menu, select from the available video sources. The selected video source output is displayed on the upper screen.

  • Page 63: Set Detect Region

    Set detect region The Detect Region is a user-defined area or areas that VideoSecurity will monitor for condition changes. To configure the detect region properties, click Set detect region from the VideoSecurity main menu. The following dialog box appears. To set detect region: From the Main Setting section, select User Defined of the Detect Region group.

  • Page 64

    Click Set detect region from the VideoSecurity main menu to display Shape Properties dialog box. Click the option buttons to select the region type. Click option buttons to select shape type. Click option buttons to select the draw mode. Click OK to apply settings. Click and drag the mouse on an area to set detect region.

  • Page 65

    You can set up to a maximum of ten (10) detect regions. Click History Contains the list of recorded conditions in the detect region. The following labels the history section from the main menu. To select other recorded conditions, click the list box labeled with the date and time of recording.

  • Page 66: Limitations

    Limitations Before using VideoSecurity Online, there are some limitations you have to understand so that you can appropriately use this application. • While using Webcams or CCDs, the high temperature and luminance sensibility often cause distorted CCDs of the images, which might result in erroneous detection.

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