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  • Page 1 P6-P8H61E ASUS PC (Desktop Barebone) User’s Manual...
  • 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

    Connectors ..................3-4 Chapter 4: BIOS setup Managing and updating your BIOS ..........4-2 4.1.1 ASUS Update utility ............4-2 4.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 ............4-4 4.1.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 ..........4-5 4.1.4 ASUS BIOS Updater ............4-6...
  • Page 4 Setup Mode [EZ Mode] ..........4-22 4.6.6 Boot Option Priorities ............ 4-22 4.6.7 Boot Override ..............4-22 Tools menu ................... 4-23 4.7.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 ............4-23 4.7.2 ASUS SPD Information ..........4-23 Exit menu ..................4-24 ASUS contact information ................. 4-25...
  • Page 5: Notices

    Notices ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components, as well as the packaging materials.
  • Page 6: Safety Information

    Safety information Electrical safety • To prevent electric shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electric 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. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
  • Page 7: About This Guide

    About this guide Audience This guide provides general information and installation instructions about the ASUS Vintage V-Series P8H61E barebone system. This guide is intended for experienced users and integrators with hardware knowledge of personal computers. How this guide is organized...
  • Page 8: System Package Contents

    System package contents Check your P6-P8H61E system package for the following items. If any of the items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer immediately. Item description ASUS P6-P8H61E barebone system with • ASUS motherboatd • Power supply unit • ASUS chassis •...
  • Page 9 Chapter 1 This chapter gives a general description of the ASUS P6-P8H61E. The chapter lists the system features including introduction on the front and rear panel, and internal components.
  • Page 10: Chapter 1: System Introduction

    The ASUS P6-P8H61E is an all-in-one barebone system with a versatile home entertainment feature. The system comes in a stylish casing and powered by the ASUS motherboard that supports the Intel® Lynnfield/Clarkdale Dual-Core / Quad-Core processors in the 1156-land package.
  • Page 11 USB 3.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 3.0 (USB 3.0) ports are available for connecting USB 3.0 devices such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others. Multimedia Card / Secure Digital™ / MemoryStick® / Memory Stick Pro™ card slot. ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 12: Rear Panel

    Rear panel The system rear panel includes the power connector and several I/O ports that allow convenient connection of devices. Do NOT cover the rear vent , and the ambient temperature is limited up to 35oC to prevent the system from overheating. Chassis air vent.
  • Page 13 Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications. LAN port LED indications ACT/LINK SPEED Activity/Link Speed LED Status Description Status Description No link 10 Mbps connection ORANGE Linked ORANGE 100 Mbps connection BLINKING Data activity GREEN 1 Gbps connection LAN port ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 14: Internal Components

    The illustration below is the internal view of the system when you remove the side cover and the power supply unit. The installed components are labeled for your reference. Front panel cover ASUS motherboard 5.25-inch optical drive bays Expansion slot metal brackets...
  • Page 15: Qualified Vendors Lists (qvl)

    ELPIDA J1108BDSE-DJ-F 1.5V • • Kingston KHX1333C9D3UK2/ • • 4GX(XMP) (2 x 2GB) 1.25V KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/4G HYNIX H5TQ2G83AFRH9C 1.5V • • KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/4G Hynix H5TQ2G83AFR • • MICRON MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1 MICRON OJD12D9LGK • • continued on the next page ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 16: Dimm Support

    • A*: Supports one module inserted in any slot as Single-channel memory configuration. • B*: Supports one pair of modules inserted into both slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration. Visit the ASUS website at for the latest QVLs. Chapter 1: System introduction...
  • Page 17 Chapter 2 This chapter helps you power up the system and install drivers and utilities from the support DVD.
  • Page 18: Chapter 2: Starting Up

    Screen display and driver options may not be the same for different operating system versions. • The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website at for updates. Chapter 2: Starting up...
  • Page 19: Running The Support Dvd

    If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD. ASUS InstAll Launches the ASUS InstAll driver installation wizard. Reaktek Audio Driver Installs the Realtek audio driver and application. Intel Graphics Accelerator Driver Installs the Intel Graphics Accelerator Driver.
  • Page 20: Utilities Menu

    Installs the Realtek Ethernet Utility. ASUS AI Manager Installs ASUS AI Manager. ASUS AI Suite II Installs the ASUS AI Suite II. Adobe Reader 10.0 Installs the Adobe Reader that allows you to open, view, and print documents in Portable ®...
  • Page 21: Make Disk Menu

    The Manual menu contains the list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to open the folder of the user manual. Most user manuals are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the Adobe® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual. ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 22: Asus Contact Information

    2.3.5 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. 2.3.6 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.
  • Page 23 Browse this DVD Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format. Filelist Displays the contents of the support DVD and a brief description of each in text format. ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 24: Software Information

    View the online help or readme file that came with the software for more information. 2.4.1 AI Suite II ASUS AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows users to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously. Installing AI Suite II To install AI Suite II: Place the support DVD in the optical drive.
  • Page 25: Launching Epu

    *• Select From EPU Installation to show the CO2 that has been reduced since you installed EPU. *• Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced since you click the Clear button ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 26 Probe II Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects and alerts you of any problem with these components. Probe II senses fan rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a healthy operating condition.
  • Page 27: Sensor Recorder

    Drag to view the status during a certain period of time Click to zoom in/out the Y axis Click to zoom in/out the X axis Click to return to the default mode ASUS P6-P8H61E 2-11...
  • Page 28: Cpu Frequency

    Monitor The Monitor section includes the Sensor and CPU Frequency panels. Sensor The Sensor panel displays the current value of a system sensor such as fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages. Click Monitor > Sensor on the AI Suite II main menu bar to launch the Sensor panel.
  • Page 29: Asus Update

    The Update section allows you to update the motherboard BIOS and the BIOS boot logo with the ASUS designed update utilities. ASUS Update The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard BIOS in Windows OS. The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the BIOS directly ®...
  • Page 30 Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file To update the BIOS through a BIOS file: From the ASUS Update screen, select Update BIOS from file, and then click Next. Locate the BIOS file from the Open window, click Open, and click Next.
  • Page 31: System Information

    Click the CPU tab to see the details on the processor and the Cache. • Click the SPD tab and then select the memory slot to see the details on the memory module installed on the corresponding slot. 2-15 ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 32 Settings The Settings section allows you to customize the main menu bar settings and the interface’s skin. • Application allows you to select the application that you want to enable. • Bar allows you to modify the bar setting, • Skin allows you to customize the interface’s contrast, brightness, saturation, hue, and gamma.
  • Page 33: Asus Ai Manager

    Place the support CD in the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled, the Drivers installation wizard appears. If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS AI Manager folder in the support CD. Double-click the setup.exe file to start installation.
  • Page 34: Ai Manager Quick Bar

    AI Manager quick bar The AI Manager quick bar saves the desktop space and allows you to launch the ASUS utilities or display system information easily. Click the Main, My Favorites, Support or Information tab to display the menu’s contents.
  • Page 35 Uncheck the checkbox of the selected device, then click Apply. Key in the password you have set previously, then click Ok. The selected device is unlocked. To change password: Click Change Password, then follow the on-screen instructions to change password. 2-19 ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 36: Ai Booting

    AI Booting AI Booting allows you to specify the boot device priority sequence. To specify the boot sequence: Select a device, then click on the left/right button to specify the boot sequence. When done, press Apply. My Favorites My Favorites allows you to add applications that you frequently use, saving you from searching for the applications throughout your computer.
  • Page 37 Support Click any links on the Support window to go to the ASUS website, technical support website, download support website, or contact information. Information Click the tab on the Information window to see the detailed information about your system, motherboard, CPU, BIOS, installed devices, and memory.
  • Page 38 2-22 Chapter 2: Starting up...
  • Page 39 Chapter 3 This chapter gives information about he motherboard that comes with the system. This chapter includes the motherboard layout, jumper settings, and connector locations.
  • Page 40: Chapter 3: Motherboard Info

    Introduction The P6-P8H61E barebone system comes with an ASUS motherboard. This chapter provides technical information about the motherboard for future upgrades or system reconfiguration. Motherboard layout VGA_HDMI Super SPDIF_OUT 17.5cm(6.9in) Chapter 3: Motherboard info...
  • Page 41: Jumpers

    Normal Clear RTC (Default) P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB Clear RTC RAM To erase the RTC RAM: Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
  • Page 42: Connectors

    SATA6G_E1~2) These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s hard disk and optical disk drives. SATA3G_3 SATA3G_1 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB SATA3G_2 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB Intel SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors ® SATA6G_E1 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB SATA6G_E2 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB Intel SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors ®...
  • Page 43 DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on the fan connectors! Only the 4-pin CPU fan connector supports the ASUS Q-Fan feature. ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 44 SPDIF_OUT P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB SPDIFOUT P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB Digital audio connector The S/PDIF out module is purchased separately. USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78, USB910, USB1112) These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
  • Page 45 +12V DC PIN 1 PIN 1 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB ATX power connectors • For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a minimum power of 200W~250W.
  • Page 46 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB PIN 1 HD_LED RESET P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB System panel connector • System power LED (2-pin PLED) This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
  • Page 47 COM1 PIN 1 P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB Serial port (COM1) connector The COM module is purchased separately. TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data.
  • Page 48 BIOS default settings. A message will appear during POST reminding you that the BIOS has been restored to its default settings. • We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version from the ASUS website at after using the MemOK! function. 3-10 Chapter 3: Motherboard info...
  • Page 49 , the LED next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem is solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitional way to locate the root problem within a second. P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB DRAM LED P8H6110L/P6-P8H61E/DT_MB DRAM LED 3-11 ASUS P6-P8H61E...
  • Page 50 3-12 Chapter 3: Motherboard info...
  • Page 51 Chapter 4 This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus and describes the BIOS parameters.
  • Page 52: Chapter 4: Bios Setup

    ASUS Update utility. • Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at 4.1.1 ASUS Update utility ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard BIOS in Windows environment. ® •...
  • Page 53: Updating The Bios

    Updating the BIOS To update the BIOS: From the Windows® desktop, click Start > Programs > ASUS > AI Suite II > AI Suite II X.XX.XX to launch the AI Suite II utility. The AI Suite II Quick Bar appears.
  • Page 54: Asus Ez Flash 2

    4.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS-based utility. Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2: Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
  • Page 55: Asus Crashfree Bios 3

    4.1.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 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 restore a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains the updated BIOS file.
  • Page 56: Asus Bios Updater

    4.1.4 ASUS BIOS Updater The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or gets corrupted during the updating process.
  • Page 57 BIOS backup is done, press any key to return to the DOS prompt. ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.07 Current ROM Update ROM BOARD: P6-P8H61E BOARD: Unknown VER: 0208 VER: Unknown DATE: 10/19/2010 DATE: Unknown PATH: BIOS backup is done! Press any key to continue. Note Saving BIOS: ASUS V-Series P8H61E...
  • Page 58: Updating The Bios File

    At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>. D:\>bupdater /pc /g The BIOS Updater screen appears as below. ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.07 Current ROM Update ROM BOARD: P6-P8H61E BOARD: Unknown VER: 0208 VER: Unknown DATE:...
  • Page 59: Bios Setup Program

    BIOS menu screen The BIOS setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode. You can change modes from the Exit menu or from the Exit/Advanced Mode button in the EZ Mode/Advanced Mode screen. ASUS V-Series P8H61E...
  • Page 60 EZ Mode By default, the EZ Mode screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The EZ Mode provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the Advanced Mode, click Exit/Advanced Mode, then select Advanced Mode.
  • Page 61: Advanced Mode

    The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the following sections for the detailed configurations. To access the EZ Mode, click Exit, then select ASUS EZ Mode. Back button Menu bar...
  • Page 62: Menu Items

    Menu items The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items. The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have their respective menu items.
  • Page 63: Main Menu

    RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 3.3 Jumper for information on how to erase the RTC RAM. • The Administrator or User Password items on top of the screen show the default Not Installed. After you set a password, these items show Installed. ASUS V-Series P8H61E 4-13...
  • Page 64: Administrator Password

    Administrator Password If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only selected fields in the BIOS setup program. To set an administrator password: Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
  • Page 65: Advanced Menu

    Version 2.00.1201. Copyright (C) 2011 American Megatrends, Inc. 4.4.1 CPU Configuration The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically detects. The items shown in the submenu may be different due to the CPU you installed. ASUS V-Series P8H61E 4-15...
  • Page 66: System Agent Configuration

    CPU Ratio [Auto] Allows you to set the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the BCLK Frequency. Use <+> and <-> keys or the numeric keypad to adjust the ratio. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model. Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.
  • Page 67: Pch Configuration

    S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled] S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] 4-17 ASUS V-Series P8H61E...
  • Page 68: Usb Configuration

    4.4.5 USB Configuration The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features. The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows None. Legacy USB Support [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the support for USB devices. [Disabled] The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program.
  • Page 69: Apm

    →←: Select Screen ↑↓: Select Item 12V Voltage +12.096 V Enter: Select +/-: Change Opt. F1: General Help F2: Previous Values F5: Optimized Defaults F10: Save ESC: Exit Version 2.00.1201. Copyright (C) 2011 American Megatrends, Inc. ASUS V-Series P8H61E 4-19...
  • Page 70: Cpu Temperature / Mb Temperature [xxxºc/xxxºf]

    4.5.1 CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF] The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard temperatures. Select Ignore if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures. 4.5.2 CPU / Chassis / Power Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A] The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis, and power fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM).
  • Page 71: Boot Menu

    Enables the full screen logo display feature. [Disabled] Disables the full screen logo display feature. Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature. 4.6.3 Wait for ‘F1’ if Error [Enabled] When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error occurs.
  • Page 72: Setup Mode [ez Mode]

    • To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo appears. • To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, do any of the following: - Press <F5>...
  • Page 73: Tools Menu

    > ASUS SPD Information 4.7.1 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.
  • Page 74: Exit Menu

    Load Optimized Defaults Save Changes & Reset Discard Changes & Exit ASUS EZ Mode Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device Load Optimized Defaults This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup menus.
  • Page 75: Asus Contact Information

    +1-510-739-3777 +1-510-608-4555 Web site Technical Support Telephone +1-812-282-2787 Support fax +1-812-284-0883 Online support ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany +49-2102-959911 Web site Online contact Technical Support Telephone (Component) +49-1805-010923*...

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