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  • Page 1 ESC500 G2 Workstation User Manual...
  • Page 2 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (“ASUS”). ASUS provides this manual “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Notices ......................vii Federal Communications Commission Statement ......vii Canadian Department of Communications Statement ..... vii REACH ..................vii Safety information ..................viii Electrical Safety ................viii Operation Safety ................viii About this guide ..................ix Audience ...................ix Contents ...................ix Conventions ..................x Typography ..................x Reference ...................x...
  • Page 4 Contents Installing hard disk drives ............2-14 Installing 5.25-inch drives ............2-16 2.6.1 Removing the front panel cover ........2-16 2.6.2 Installing 5.25-inch drives ..........2-17 Expansion slots ................2-19 2.7.2 Installing expansion cards ..........2-20 2.7.3 Configuring an expansion card ........2-21 Removing the system fan ............
  • Page 5 Network Stack ............... 4-27 Monitor menu ................4-28 Boot menu .................. 4-31 Tools menu ................. 4-33 4.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility ..........4-33 4.8.2 ASUS O.C. Profile ............4-33 4.8.3 ASUS SPD Information ..........4-34 Exit menu ..................4-35 4.10...
  • Page 6 6.3.4 ASUS Update ..............6-12 6.3.5 MyLogo ................. 6-13 6.4 Audio configurations ..............6-15 System recovery ................ 6-17 6.4.1 Using the Recovery Partition ........6-17 6.4.2 Using the Recovery DVD ..........6-17 Appendix: Reference information A.1 Simple fixes ..................A-2...
  • Page 7: Notices

    Canadian Department of Communications. This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. REACH Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we publish the chemical substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/ english/REACH.htm.
  • Page 8: Safety Information

    Safety information Electrical Safety • Before installing or removing signal cables, ensure that the power cables for the system unit and all attached devices are unplugged. • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system. •...
  • Page 9: About This Guide

    DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
  • Page 10: Conventions

    Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line: format A:/S Reference Visit the ASUS websites worldwide that provide updated information for all ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information for details.
  • Page 11 Chapter 1 This chapter describes the general features of the workstation, including sections on front panel and rear panel specifications. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 12: Chapter 1: Product Introduction

    14 characters such as xxS0xxxxxxxxxx shown as the figure below. With the correct serial number of the product, ASUS Technical Support team members can then offer a quicker and satisfying solution to your problems.
  • Page 13: System Specifications

    1.3 System specifications The ASUS ESC500 G2 is a workstation featuring the ASUS P8C WS motherboard. The workstation supports Intel LGA1155 Xeon E3-1200 v2 or 3 Generation ® ® Core™ i3 Processors, plus other latest technologies through the chipsets onboard. Model Name...
  • Page 14 VGA Output DVI-I ports Supports DVI with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200@60Hz Graphic Maximum shared memory of 1GB *Only enabled with specific processors 1 x PS/2 KB/MS port 1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical and Coaxial) 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports Onboard I/O 1 x IEEE1394a...
  • Page 15: Front Panel Features

    Empty 5.25-inch bay Microphone / Headphone ports Smart Card Reader (optional) USB 2.0/USB 3.0 ports Reset button Power button Power LED (blue) HDD access LED (orange) Refer to section 1.7.1 Front panel LED for the LED descriptions. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 16: Rear Panel Features

    Rear panel features The rear panel includes a slot for the motherboard rear I/O ports, expansion slots, a power supply module, and a vent for the system fan. The PS/2 keyboard / mouse combo port, USB ports, DVI-I ports, Audio ports, S/PDIF Out ports, and Gigabit LAN ports do not appear on the rear panel if motherboard is not present.
  • Page 17: Internal Features

    Internal features The barebone workstation includes the basic components as shown. Power supply unit 120mm system fan ASUS P8C WS motherboard CPU heatsink and fan assembly Optical drive (optional) 5.25-inch drive bays Smart card reader (optional) Front I/O board Internal HDD bays...
  • Page 18: Led Information

    LED information 1.7.1 Front panel LED HDD Access LED Power LED Color Display status Description Power LED Blue System power ON HDD Access No activity Orange Blinking Read/write data into the HDD 1.7.2 LAN (RJ-45) LEDs ACT/LINK LED SPEED LED ACT/LINK LED SPEED LED ACT/LINK LED...
  • Page 19 Chapter 2 This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when installing or removing system components. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 20: Chapter 2: Hardware Setup

    Chassis cover You have to remove the left side cover to install or replace internal components of the server system. • Ensure that you unplug the power cord before removing the side cover. • Take extra care when removing the side cover. Keep your fingers from components inside the chassis that can cause injury, such as the CPU fan, rear fan, and other sharp-edged parts.
  • Page 21 Slide the left side cover for about half an inch toward the rear until it is disengaged from the chassis. Carefully lift the cover and set it aside. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 22: Motherboard Overview

    Motherboard overview The barebone server comes with the P8C WS motherboard already installed. The motherboard is secured to the chassis by nine (9) screws as indicated by the circles in the illustration below. Refer to Chapter 3: Motherboard information for detailed information on the motherboard.
  • Page 23: 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 LGA1155 socket.
  • Page 24: Cpu Installation

    2.3.1 CPU installation Please note the order in opening/ closing the double latch. Follow the instructions printed on the metal sealing hatch or the illustrations shown below in this manual. The plastic cap will pop up automatically once the CPU is in place and the hatch properly sealed down.
  • Page 25 ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 26 Chapter 2: Hardware setup...
  • Page 27: Installing The Cpu Heatsink And Fan Assembly

    2.3.2 Installing the CPU heatsink and fan assembly Apply the Thermal Interface Material to the CPU heatsink and CPU before you install the heatsink and fan if necessary. To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 28 To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly 2-10 Chapter 2: Hardware setup...
  • Page 29: System Memory

    The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) slots. A DDR3 module is notched differently from a DDR or DDR2 module. DO NOT install a DDR or DDR2 memory module to the DDR3 slot. Recommended memory configurations ASUS ESC500 G2 2-11...
  • Page 30: Memory Configurations

    ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function. • Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Load the X.M.P. settings in the BIOS for the hyper DIMM support. • Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL. 2-12 Chapter 2: Hardware setup...
  • Page 31: Installing A Dimm

    A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a DIMM into a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM. 2.4.4. To remove a DIMM ASUS ESC500 G2 2-13...
  • Page 32: Installing Hard Disk Drives

    Installing hard disk drives The workstation system provides three (3) internal Serial ATA hard disk drive bays. To install a Serial ATA hard disk drive Refer to the previous section to remove the side cover. Pull out the bay locks on the HDD cage.
  • Page 33 Use either the 15-pin SATA power connector OR the legacy 4-pin power connector. DO NOT use both to prevent damage to components and to keep the system from becoming unstable. ASUS ESC500 G2 2-15...
  • Page 34: Installing 5.25-Inch Drives

    Installing 5.25-inch drives Ensure to unplug the power cable before installing or removing any system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard and other system components! The system comes with three 5.25-inch drive bays located on the upper front part of the chassis.
  • Page 35: Installing 5.25-Inch Drives

    Insert the drive into the 5.25-inch drive bay and carefully push the drive into the bay until its screw holes align with the holes on the bay. Push in the bay locks to secure the optical drive ASUS ESC500 G2 2-17...
  • Page 36 Connect a 7-pin SATA cable (from the motherboard SATA port) and a 15-pin power plug (from the power supply unit) to the back connectors of the hard disk drive. Reinstall the front panel cover and side covers when done. Use either the 15-pin SATA power connector OR the legacy 4-pin power connector.
  • Page 37: Expansion Slots

    PCIe 3.0 x16_1 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode) PCIe 3.0 x16_2 slot (x8 mode) PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot (x4 mode) PCI1 slot PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slot (x4 mode) ASUS ESC500 G2 2-19...
  • Page 38: Installing Expansion Cards

    2.7.2 Installing expansion cards Ensure to unplug the power cable before installing or removing an expansion card. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard and other system components! To install an expansion card Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
  • Page 39: Configuring An Expansion Card

    Communications Port (COM1) IRQ Holder for PCI Steering Reserved Reserved System CMOS/Real Time Clock IRQ Holder for PCI Steering IRQ Holder for PCI Steering IRQ Holder for PCI Steering Reserved Numeric Data Processor Primary IDE Channel ASUS ESC500 G2 2-21...
  • Page 40 IRQ assignments for this motherboard PCIEx16_1 shared – – – – – – – PCIEx16_2 shared – – – – – – PCIEx16_3 – – – shared – – – – PCIEx16_4 shared – – – – – – – PCIEx1_1 shared –...
  • Page 41: Removing The System Fan

    Locate and remove four system fan screws at the rear panel. Keep the screws for later use. Hold the system fan with one hand while removing the system screws. Remove the system fan, and then set aside. ASUS ESC500 G2 2-23...
  • Page 42: Connecting Cables

    Connecting cables The ESC500 G2 chassis includes the power and signal cables that you need to connect to the motherboard, storage drives, and other devices that you intend to install. • The bundled system cables are pre-connected before shipment. You do not need to disconnect these cables unless you will remove pre-installed components to install additional devices.
  • Page 43 Chapter 3 This chapter gives information about the motherboard that comes with the workstation. This chapter includes the motherboard layout, jumper settings, and connector locations. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 44: Motherboard Layouts

    Motherboard layouts P8C WS Motherboard Refer to 3.5 Connectors for more information about internal connectors and rear panel connectors. Chapter 3: Motherboard information...
  • Page 45: Layout Contents

    Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1) 3-18 Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) 3-16 IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2) 3-16 GPU Boost Switch EPU Switch Chassis Fan control setting (3-pin CHAFAN_SEL) 3-11 Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 3-18 ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 46: Onboard Buttons And Switches

    Onboard buttons and switches Onboard buttons and switches enhance overclocking and gaming performance when working on a bare or open-case system. EPU switch Turning this switch to Enable will automatically detect the current PC loadings and intelligently moderate the power consumption. For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is powered off.
  • Page 47 GPU speed. For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is powered off. The GPU Boost Switch functions only when you install the DESKTOP CPU that supports onboard graphics. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 48 DRAM_LED lights continuously. Replace the DIMMs with ones recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) in this user manual or on the ASUS website at www.asus.com. • If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process, the system continues memory tuning after turning on the computer.
  • Page 49: Onboard Leds

    If an error is found, the critical component’s LED stays lit up until the problem is solved. GPU Boost LED The GPU Boost LED lights up when the GPU Boost switch is turned to Enable. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 50 EPU LED The EPU LED lights up when the EPU switch is turned to Enable. Standby power LED The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system is 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.
  • Page 51 DRAM LED The DRAM_LED lights up when the installed DIMMs incompatible with the motherboard or improperly installed. When using the MemOK! switch for automatic memory compatibility tuning, the DRAM_LED will blink. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 52: Jumpers

    Jumpers Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC) This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords.
  • Page 53 If you use a 4-pin fan but set the jumper to pin 1-2, the fan you installed may not work. • If you use a 3-pin fan but set the jumper for a 4-pin fan, the fan control will not work and the fan you installed will always run at full speed. ASUS ESC500 G2 3-11...
  • Page 54: Internal Connectors

    Internal connectors Intel C216 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-2 [gray]) ® These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables. • These connectors are set to [AHCI Mode] by default. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the SATA Mode item in the BIOS to [RAID Mode].
  • Page 55 You must install Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using ® Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using Windows XP SP3 or later versions. ® ASUS ESC500 G2 3-13...
  • Page 56 Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard! You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard if your chassis supports front panel USB ports.
  • Page 57 USB 3.0 connector, you can have a front panel USB 3.0 solution. • You can connect the ASUS front panel USB 3.0 box to this connector to obtain the front panel USB 3.0 solution. •...
  • Page 58 IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2) This connector is for an IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis. Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage the motherboard! The IEEE 1394a module is purchased separately.
  • Page 59 The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 2A (24 W) fan power. • If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis fan cable to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2, CHA_FAN3 for better thermal environment. ASUS ESC500 G2 3-17...
  • Page 60 Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector. •...
  • Page 61 G.P. Diagnosis card installtion. G.P. Diagnosis card layout LED 0 and 1 Power Switch. Press to turn ON or OFF the motherboard. Reset Button. Press to restart the motherboard. . Card connector ASUS ESC500 G2 3-19...
  • Page 62 Installing G.P. Diagnosis card Ensure to turn off the power supply unit before installing the diagnosis card to avoid electrical shock hazard. Locate the TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) on the motherboard. With the LEDs of the diagnosis card facing to the PCIe slots, align the card connector with the TPM connector and press firmly until the card sits on the connector completely.
  • Page 63 Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator. aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details. • If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with 1000W power or above to ensure the system stability. ASUS ESC500 G2 3-21...
  • Page 64 System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL) This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions. • 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 65: Rear Panel Connection

    9. Coaxial S/PDIF Out port 4. DVI port 10. Optical S/PDIF Out port 5. LAN (RJ-45) port 1* 11. USB 3.0 ports 3 and 4 6. USB 2.0 ports 9 and 10 12. Audio I/O ports** *and **: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port and audio port definitions. ASUS ESC500 G2 3-23...
  • Page 66: Audio I/O Connections

    • Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under Windows OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation. ® • USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only. • We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
  • Page 67 Connect to Headphone and Mic Connect to Stereo Speakers Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers ASUS ESC500 G2 3-25...
  • Page 68 Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers 3-26 Chapter 3: Motherboard information...
  • Page 69 Chapter 4 This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus and describes the BIOS parameters.
  • Page 70: Knowing Bios

    Knowing BIOS The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is a Unified Extensible Interface that complies with UEFI architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable a more flexible and convenient mouse input. Users can easily navigate the new UEFI BIOS with the same smoothness as their operating system.
  • Page 71: Bios Setup Program

    USB mouse. 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 ESC500 G2...
  • Page 72: Ez Mode

    Displays the Advanced mode menus Loads optimized default Power Saving mode Selects the boot device priority ASUS Optimal mode Normal mode Displays the system properties of the Selects the boot device priority Selects the Advanced mode functions selected mode on the right hand side •...
  • Page 73: 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. Menu items Menu bar...
  • Page 74: 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. Back button This button appears when entering a submenu.
  • Page 75: Main Menu

    System Language [English] Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options. Configuration options: 4.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx] Allows you to set the system date. 4.3.3 System Time [xx:xx:xx] Allows you to set the system time. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 76: Administrator Password

    4.3.4 Security • If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 2.3.5 Onboard switches 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.
  • Page 77 To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 78: Ai Tweaker Menu

    Ai Tweaker menu The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items. Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction. The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you installed on the motherboard.
  • Page 79: Dram Timing Control

    <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter> key. Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default settings. happens, revert to the default settings. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-11...
  • Page 80 Primary Timings DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] –...
  • Page 81 The following five items appear only when you set the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and Turbo Mode items to [Enabled]. Long Duration Power Limit [Auto] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-13...
  • Page 82 Long Duration Maintained [Auto] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. Short Duration Power Limit [Auto] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. Primary Plane Current Limit [Auto] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. Secondary Plane Current Limit [Auto] Use the <+>...
  • Page 83 CPU and VRM thermal. Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled] The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification. CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto] [Auto] Automatic configuration. [Disabled] Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability. [Enabled] Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-15...
  • Page 84: Advanced Menu

    Advanced menu The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system devices. Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction. 4.5.1 Trusted Computing TPM SUPORT [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable the TPM support.
  • Page 85: Cpu Configuration

    Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package. Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3] Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables this function. [Enabled] Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs with extended CPUID functions. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-17...
  • Page 86 Execute Disable Bit [Enabled] [Disabled] Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0). [Enabled] Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology. Intel(R) Virtualization Technology [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables this function. [Enabled] Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several systems.
  • Page 87: Pch Configuration

    Allows you to enable or disable Entry on S3 RTC Wake. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Entry After [Immediately] Enable RTC wake timer at S3 enrty. Configuration options: [Immediately] [1 minute] [2 minutes] [5 minutes] [10 minutes] [15 minutes] [30 minutes] [1 hour] [2 hours] ASUS ESC500 G2 4-19...
  • Page 88: Sata Configuration

    Active Page Threshold Support [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable Active Page Threshold Support. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Active Memory Threshold [0] Try to support RST when partition size>Active Page Threshold size in MB. When setting to Zero, it will be in AUTO mode and check if partition size is enough at S3 entry.
  • Page 89 Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Hot Plug [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable the hot plug function of each SATA port. This item appears only when you set SATA Mode to [AHCI Mode] or [RAID Mode] ASUS ESC500 G2 4-21...
  • Page 90: System Agent Configuration

    4.5.5 System Agent Configuration Memory Remap Feature [Enabled] Allows you to enable remapping the memory above 4GB. [Enabled] Enables the function. [Disabled] Disables this function. Intel (R) VT-d [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable the Intel(R) VT-d function. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Graphics Configuration Allows you to select a primary display from iGPU, and PCIe graphical devices.
  • Page 91: Usb Configuration

    Allows the system to set the xHCI. [Enabled] Enables the operation of xHCI controller. [Disabled] Disables the function. EHCI Hand-off [Disabled] [Enabled] Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand-off feature. [Disabled] Disables the function. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-23...
  • Page 92: Onboard Devices Configuration

    4.5.7 Onboard Devices Configuration HD Audio Controller [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables the controller. [Enabled] Enables the High Definition Audio Controller. The following two items appear only when you set the HD Audio Controller item to [Enabled]. Front Panel Type [HD] Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.
  • Page 93 Device Mode [STD Printer Mode] Allows you to select the printer port mode. Configuration options: [STD Printer mode] [SPP Mode] [EPP-1.9 and SPP Mode] [EPP-1.7 and SPP Mode] [ECP Mode] [ECP and EPP 1.9 Mode] [ECP and EPP 1.7 Mode] ASUS ESC500 G2 4-25...
  • Page 94: Apm

    4.5.8 ErP Ready [Disabled] This item allows user to switch off some power at S5 to get the system ready for ErP requirement. When set enabled to Enabled, all other PME options will be switched off. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off] [Power Off] The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
  • Page 95: Network Stack

    This item allows user to disable or enable the Ipv4 PXE Support. Configuration options: [Disable Link] [Enabled] Ipv6 PXE Support [Enable] This item allows user to disable or enable the Ipv6 PXE Support. Configuration options: [Disable Link] [Enabled] ASUS ESC500 G2 4-27...
  • Page 96: Monitor Menu

    Monitor menu The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change the fan settings. Scroll down to display the following items: CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF] The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU temperatures.
  • Page 97 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC, the CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle. Chassis Q-Fan Control [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature. [Enabled] Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-29...
  • Page 98 Chassis Fan Speed Low Limit [600 RPM] This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed. Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM] Chassis Fan Profile [Standard] This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature...
  • Page 99: Boot Menu

    Full Screen Logo [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables the full screen logo display feature. [Enabled] Enables the full screen logo display feature. Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature. Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables this function. [Enabled] The system waits for the <F1>...
  • Page 100 The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. • 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 101: Tools Menu

    4.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility 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 102: Asus Spd Information

    • We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/CPU configuration and BIOS version. 4.8.3 ASUS SPD Information Allows you to view the DRAM SPD information. 4-34 Chapter 4: BIOS setup...
  • Page 103: Exit Menu

    Select Yes to discard changes and exit. . ASUS EZ Mode This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen. Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of the available filesystem devices. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-35...
  • Page 104: 4.10 Updating Bios

    Carefully follow the instructions of this chapter to update your BIOS if necessary. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for this motherboard. The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
  • Page 105: Asus Update Utility

    4.10.1 ASUS Update utility The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard BIOS in Windows environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you ® • Update the BIOS directly from the Internet •...
  • Page 106 Updating the BIOS through the Internet To update the BIOS through the Internet: From the ASUS Update screen, select Update BIOS from Internet, and then click Next. Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic. If you want to enable the BIOS...
  • Page 107 The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual BIOS information vary by models. • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. ASUS ESC500 G2 4-39...
  • Page 108: Asus Ez Flash 2 Utility

    4.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a bootable floppy disk or an OS-based utility. Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
  • Page 109: Asus Crashfree Bios 3 Utility

    4.10.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility 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 BIOS file.
  • Page 110: Asus Bios Updater

    4.10.4 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 111 ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30 [2012/12/22] Current ROM Update ROM BOARD: P8C WS BOARD: Unknown VER: 0301 VER: Unknown DATE: 01/24/2011 DATE: Unknown PATH: BIOS backup is done! Press any key to continue. Note Saving BIOS: ASUS ESC500 G2 4-43...
  • Page 112 Updating the BIOS file To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /i<xxxxx.rom> and press <Enter>. D:\>bupdater /i<xxxxx.rom> The BIOS Updater screen appears as below. ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30 [2012/12/22] FLASH TYPE: MX1C 25L1065A Current ROM Update ROM BOARD: Unknown...
  • Page 113 Chapter 5 This chapter provides information on how to configure your hard disk drives as RAID sets. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 114: Chapter 5: Raid Configuration

    5.1 RAID configurations The motherboard supports the following SATA RAID solutions: Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID • ® 5 support. Mavell RAID utility with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support. • ® • You must install Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using ®...
  • Page 115: Installing Serial Ata Hard Disks

    RAID Volumes: None defined. Physical Devices: Port Device Model Serial # Size Type/Status(Vol ID) ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk [↑↓]-Select [ESC]-Exit [ENTER]-Select Menu ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 116: Creating A Raid Set

    The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through the menus and select the menu options. The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and may not exactly match the items on your screen. The utility supports maximum four hard disk drives for RAID configuration.
  • Page 117 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 the main menu, or <N> to go back to the CREATE VOLUME menu. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 118: Deleting A Raid Set

    Deleting a RAID set Take caution when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk drives when you delete a RAID set. To delete a RAID set: From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
  • Page 119 Chapter 6 This chapter provides information on how to install the drivers for system components. This chapter also describes the software applications that the barebone workstation supports. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 120: Chapter 6: Driver Installation

    Creating a RAID driver disk A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows operating ® system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have • to use a USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk. •...
  • Page 121: Installing The Raid Driver During Windows ® Os Installation

    Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation. Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another computer to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 122: Using A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    6.1.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive Due to OS limitation, Windows XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive ® when you install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation. To solve this issue, add the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID) to the floppy disk containing the RAID driver.
  • Page 123 = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “usbstor” [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_DesktopWorkstationServer] id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C02&CC_0106”,”iaStor” id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor” [HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_DesktopWorkstationServer] id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104”,”iaStor” id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor” Add the same line to both sections. The VID and PID vary with different vendors. 10. Save and exit the file. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 124: Support Dvd Information

    The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates. 6.2.1 Running the support DVD Place the support DVD into the optical drive.
  • Page 125: Obtaining The Software Manuals

    Some software manuals are provided in different languages. Double-click the language to show the software manual. The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals containing in the support DVD vary by models. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 126: Installing Ai Suite Ii

    Installing AI Suite II AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows you to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously. To install AI Suite II on your computer Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears if your computer has enabled the Autorun feature.
  • Page 127: Epu

    Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced *• since you click the Clear button • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 128: Probe Ii

    • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
  • Page 129: Sensor Recorder

    To track the recorded contents, set Type/ Date/ Select display items to display the history details. Click on Monitor > Sensor on the AI Suite II main menu bar and a highlight of the system statuses will appear on the right panel. ASUS ESC500 G2 6-11...
  • Page 130: Asus Update

    BIOS in Windows environment. ® Launching ASUS Update To launch ASUS Update, click Update > ASUS Update on the AI Suite II main menu bar. Using ASUS Update Select any of these options to update the BIOS: Update BIOS from Internet •...
  • Page 131: Mylogo

    Change the boot logo of a downloaded BIOS file and update (or do not update) this BIOS to the motherboard From the BIOS file field, click Browse to locate the BIOS file. From the Picture File field, click Browse the image for your boot logo, then click Next. ASUS ESC500 G2 6-13...
  • Page 132 Do any of the following: Click Auto Tune to adjust the image size or the image resolution. • Click Booting Preview to preview the boot image. • Click Next. Click Flash to update the boot logo. When prompted, click Yes to reboot the system. You will see the new boot logo the next time you start up the system.
  • Page 133: Audio Configurations

    Realtek HD Audio Manager HD Audio Manager. Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows 7™ ® Configuration option tabs (vary with the audio devices connected) Device advanced Exit button settings Minimize button Information button Control settings Set default device buttons Connector settings Analog and digital connector status ASUS ESC500 G2 6-15...
  • Page 134 Minimize button Control settings window Information button • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. • Due to Intel Z77 platform does not support Windows Vista™, Realtek HD ®...
  • Page 135: System Recovery

    Recovery DVD for system recovery. 6.4.1 Using the Recovery Partition Turn your system on then press <F9> when the ASUS logo appears. The Windows Boot Manager window appears. Select the Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] then press <Enter>. Wait when the Windows is loading files message appears.
  • Page 136 Follow the ® onscreen instructions to complete the process then restart your computer. This Recovery DVD is for ASUS Workstations only. DO NOT use it on other computers. Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates. 6-18...
  • Page 137 Appendix This section provides a troubleshooting guide for solving common problems when using the barebone workstation. ASUS ESC500 G2...
  • Page 138: Appendix: Reference Information

    A.1 Simple fixes Some problems that you may encounter are not due to defects on the system or the components. These problems only requires simple troubleshooting actions that you can perform by yourself. Problem Action The power LED on the workstation or 1.
  • Page 139: Asus Contact Information

    ASUS contact information ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Address 15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259 Telephone +886-2-2894-3447 +886-2-2894-7798 E-mail info@asus.com.tw Web site http://www.asus.com Technical Support Telephone +86-21-58660909 Online Support http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (Taiwan) Address 15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259...
  • Page 140: Technical Support

    800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA +1-510-608-4555 Web site http://usa.asus.com Technical Support Support Fax +1-812-284-0883 General Support +1-812-282-2787 Online support http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, 40880 Ratingen, Deutschland +49-2102-959911 Web site http://www.asus.de Online contact http://www.asus.de/sales Technical Support Telephone +49-1805-010923*...

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