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  • Page 1 AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 2 Further, Acer reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes from time to time in the contents hereof without obligation to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Acer reserves the right to make changes to the products described in this manual at any time and without notice.
  • Page 3 (e) sublicense or otherwise make the software available to third parties. The software is the property of Acer or Acer’s supplier and you do not have and shall not gain any proprietary interest in the software (including any modifications or copies made by or for you) or any related intellectual property rights.
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1. Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. Do not use this product near water.
  • Page 5 12. Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. 13. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a.
  • Page 6 FCC Class A Radio Frequency Interference Statement Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1 System Board 1.1 Features......................1-1 1.2 Major Components..................1-2 1.3 Layout ......................1-3 1.4 Jumpers and Connectors ................1-4 1.4.1 Jumper and Connector Locations .............1-4 1.4.2 Jumper Settings ...................1-5 1.4.3 Connector Functions................1-6 1.5 Installing Components on the System Board..........1-7 1.5.1 ESD Precautions ..................1-7 1.5.2 Pre-installation Instructions...............1-7 1.5.3 Post-Installation Instructions.............1-8...
  • Page 8 Chapter 2 CPU Board 2.1 Layout......................2-2 2.2 Jumper Locations ................... 2-2 2.3 Jumper Settings ....................2-3 2.4 Memory Upgrade ..................2-4 2.4.1 Memory Configurations ..............2-4 2.4.2 Installing a DIMM ................2-5 2.4.3 Removing a DIMM................2-6 2.4.4 Reconfiguring the System..............2-7 2.5 Installing the Processor Heat Sink and Fan ..........
  • Page 9 3.3.2 External Cache (CPU Cache) ............3-12 3.3.3 ECC/Parity Mode Selection ............3-12 3.3.4 Operation of ECC................3-13 3.3.5 Memory at 15MB-16MB ..............3-13 3.4 PCI System Configuration................3-14 3.4.1 PCI IRQ Setting .................3-15 3.4.2 Onboard LAN..................3-15 3.4.3 Onboard SCSI1/Onboard SCSI2.............3-16 3.4.4 VGA Palette Snoop ................3-16 3.4.5 USB Host Controller .................3-17 3.4.6 PCI IRQ Sharing ................3-17 3.4.7 Plug &...
  • Page 10 4.2 SCSISelect Utility Options ................4-4 4.2.1 Configure/View Host Adapter Settings Menu ......4-5 4.2.2 SCSI Disk Utilities ................4-17 4.3 Configuring Multiple SCSI Controllers ............ 4-19 4.4 Disk Drives Over 1 Gbyte ................4-20 4.4.1 Extended Translation ............... 4-20 4.4.2 The DOS 1 Gbyte Limit..............
  • Page 11 5.6 Installing a System Board................5-18 5.7 Installing an Expansion Board..............5-19 5.8 Reinstalling a CPU Board................5-21 5.9 Connecting External Devices ..............5-24 5.9.1 Connecting a Monitor...............5-24 5.9.2 Connecting a Keyboard..............5-25 5.9.3 Connecting a Mouse .................5-26 5.9.4 Connecting a Printer.................5-27 5.10 Complete System Connections ..............5-28 Appendix A System Resources A.1 Memory Map ....................A-1 A.2 I/O Address Map..................A-2...
  • Page 12 List of Figures 1-1 System Board Layout ..................1-3 1-2 System Board Jumper and Connector Locations ........1-4 1-3 Installing a Video Memory Chip ..............1-9 2-1 CPU Board Layout..................2-2 2-2 Pentium II CPU Board Jumper Locations........... 2-2 2-3 Installing a DIMM..................2-5 2-4 Removing a DIMM ..................
  • Page 13 B-2 Jumper Settings for 4-pin J3 and J4 ............. B-4 B-3 Jumper Settings for 6-pin J3 and J4 ............. B-5 B-4 ID Cable Connector Pin Definitions............B-6 B-5 Hard Disk ID Switch Settings ..............B-7 B-6 Single-Channel Configuration ..............B-8 B-7 Dual-Channel Configuration ..............
  • Page 14: Chapter 1 System Board

    Chapter 1 System Board Features The AA9100 is a dual-processor system board that supports Intel Pentium II CPU's through an add-in CPU board. This high-performance 64-bit system board utilizes both the ISA and the PCI local bus architecture. Two ISA and five PCI bus slots reside on the board to allow installation of either master or slave devices.
  • Page 15: Major Components

    Major Components The system board is comprised of the following major components: • CPU board slot • Two ISA and five PCI bus slots • 256-KB Flash ROM for system BIOS • System clock/calendar with battery backup • 50-pin SCSI and two 68-pin Ultra Wide SCSI interfaces •...
  • Page 16: Layout

    Layout Figure 1-1 shows the system board components. Mouse port Ultra Wide SCSI connector 2 Keyboard port Ultra Wide SCSI connector 1 Parallel port Narrow SCSI connector Video port Diskette drive connector LAN connector EIDE connector USB connector Battery CPU board slot RDM connectors PCI slots Power connectors...
  • Page 17: Jumpers And Connectors

    Jumpers and Connectors 1.4.1 Jumper and Connector Locations Figure 1-2 shows the jumper and connector locations on the system board. Figure 1-2 System Board Jumper and Connector Locations Jumpers are prefixed “JP”. Connectors are prefixed “CN”. The blackened pin of a jumper represents pin 1.
  • Page 18: Jumper Settings

    System Board Jumper Settings Jumper Setting Function Software Shutdown Control for CN4 Enabled Disabled BIOS Type 1-2* Acer Reserved Password Security Check password 2-3* Bypass password SCSI Channel 1 High-Byte Termination Terminator always set to ON 2-3* SCSI terminator set to ON or OFF...
  • Page 19: Connector Functions

    1.4.3 Connector Functions Table 1-2 lists the different connectors on the system board and their respective functions. Table 1-2 Connector Functions Connector Function COM 1 CN2, U3, U8 Power connectors COM 2 Software shutdown connector for 420-watt SPS PS/2 mouse/keyboard connectors Power switch Power LED and keylock connector CN10...
  • Page 20: Installing Components On The System Board

    Installing Components on the System Board The following sections describe how to install components into the system board, including how to install a CPU board and optional PCI card, and how to upgrade system board video memory. Before beginning the installation, please take a moment to read the sections below. They contain important ESD precautions and pre- and post-installation instructions.
  • Page 21: Post-Installation Instructions

    Remove any expansion boards or peripherals that block access to components you are installing. See the following sections for specific instructions on the component you wish to install. Do not attempt the procedures described in the following sections unless you are a qualified service technician.
  • Page 22: Video Memory Upgrade

    Video Memory Upgrade Larger video memory allows you to display higher resolutions and more colors. The system board comes with a 1-MB video memory onboard upgradable to 2 MB. Follow these steps to upgrade the video memory: Locate the video DRAM upgrade sockets labeled U36 and U37 on the system board.
  • Page 23: Remote Diagnostic Manager

    ASM Pro The ASM Pro is a server management tool based on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It detects server problems related to a CPU thermal condition, ±12V/±5V/3.3V/1.5V detection, or calculating PCI bus utilization. This feature is designed primarily for server supervisors and management information system (MIS) personnel to help them detect errors or potential trouble spots in their network servers through a single management station.
  • Page 24: Error Messages

    Error Messages Do not continue using the computer if you receive an error message of any type. Note the message and take corrective action. This section explains the different types of error messages and corresponding corrective measures. There are two general types of error messages: •...
  • Page 25: System Error Messages

    Table 1-3 System Error Messages Message Action CMOS Battery Error Replace the RTC chip or contact your dealer. CMOS Checksum Error Check the RTC chip and the necessary jumper. If the battery is still good, run Setup. Display Card Mismatch Run Setup.
  • Page 26 Table 1-3 System Error Messages (continued) Message Action Memory Error at: Check DIMMs on the CPU MMMM:SSSS:OOO board. Contact your dealer. (W:XXXX, R:YYYY) where: M: MB, S: Segment, O: Offset, X/Y: write/read pattern Memory Size Mismatch Run Setup. Check if the values shown in the memory CPU Clock Mismatch parameters are correct.
  • Page 27: Correcting Error Conditions

    1.9.3 Correcting Error Conditions As a general rule, if an error message says "Press F1 to continue," it is caused by a configuration problem, which can be easily corrected. An equipment malfunction is more likely to cause a fatal error, i.e., an error that causes complete system failure.
  • Page 28: Chapter 2 Cpu Board

    Chapter 2 CPU Board The CPU board carries two sockets to support a powerful dual-CPU configuration. The sockets accommodate Intel Pentium II CPUs running at 266 MHz or 300 MHz and incorporates the first-level and second-level cache and boasts a new generation of power.
  • Page 29: Layout

    Layout CPU Voltage Regulators DIMM Sockets Pentium II CPU Socket 1 Pentium II CPU Socket 2 Figure 2-1 CPU Board Layout Jumper Locations Figure 2-2 Pentium II CPU Board Jumper Locations AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 30: Jumper Settings

    Jumper Settings Table 2-1 Settings for CPU Core/Bus Frequency Ratio (JP1) JP1 Settings CPU Core/Bus Freq. 0 - Pins open 1 - Pins Closed Table 2-2 Clock Settings (JP5) Clock Speed 66 MHz* 60 MHz 0 - Pins open 1 - Pins closed 'HIDXOW VHWWLQJ Chapter 2 - CPU Board 2-3...
  • Page 31: Memory Upgrade

    Memory Upgrade The system board comes with four 168-pin sockets, labeled DIMM1 to DIMM4, that accommodate single-density and double-density DIMMs. The sockets support both fast-page mode and EDO DIMMs for a total of 512-MB system memory using 128-MB DIMMs. Table 2-3 lists some possible memory configurations. 2.4.1 Memory Configurations Table 2-3 Possible Memory Configurations...
  • Page 32: Installing A Dimm

    The above configurations are only some of the available memory combinations. When upgrading memory, simply install DIMMs into any of the empty sockets. 2.4.2 Installing a DIMM To install a DIMM, align it with the socket and press it down until the holding clips secure the DIMM in place.
  • Page 33: Removing A Dimm

    2.4.3 Removing a DIMM To remove a DIMM, press the holding clips on both sides of the socket outward to release the DIMM. Place your forefingers on the top of the DIMM before you press the holding clips to gently disengage the DIMM from the socket.
  • Page 34: Reconfiguring The System

    2.4.4 Reconfiguring the System You may enter Setup after installing or removing a DIMM to reconfigure the system. Follow these steps to reconfigure the system: Turn the system on. A memory error message may appear, indicating that the total memory does not match the value stored in CMOS. Press to enter Setup.
  • Page 35: Installing The Processor Heat Sink And Fan

    Installing the Processor Heat Sink and Fan The Pentium II processor module comes with holes on one side to hold the clips of the heat sink and fan. The upper set of holes (near the latches) on the processor are wider and should match the wider ends of the clips on the heat sink.
  • Page 36: Inserting The Clip Ends To The Processor Holes

    Follow these steps when installing the heat sink and fan to the Pentium II processor module: 1. Remove the thermal tape protector at the back of the heat sink. 2. Insert the wide clip ends to the wide holes on the processor and the narrow clip ends to the narrow holes.
  • Page 37: Locking A Wide Clip End

    Figure 2-7 Locking a Wide Clip End Figure 2-8 Locking a Narrow Clip End Repeat step 3 to lock the other clip. AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 2-10...
  • Page 38: Installing A Pentium Ii Processor

    Installing a Pentium II Processor Follow these steps to install the Pentium II processor to the socket on the CPU board. 1. Place the retention mechanism over the processor socket on the CPU board. Secure it with the screws that came with the package. Figure 2-9 Installing the Pentium II Retention Mechanism With the processor module edge connectors pointing downward, align the processor to the posts of the retention mechanism then lower it down.
  • Page 39: Securing The Pentium Ii Processor

    When installing a second CPU in a single CPU system, remove the CPU terminator. Please see the CPU Upgrade Kit for further details. Press down the processor module until the edge connectors completely fit into the socket. Figure 2-10 Installing a Pentium II Processor Press the latches on the sides to lock the processor module into place.
  • Page 40: Removing A Pentium Ii Processor

    Removing a Pentium II Processor Follow these steps to remove the Pentium II CPU module from the slot. Remove the fan connections. Unlock the latches the secure that processor module. Figure 2-12 Unlocking the Module Latches Firmly hold the processor module and pull it out of the socket. Figure 2-13 Removing the Pentium II Processor Chapter 2 - CPU Board 2-13...
  • Page 41: Cpu Board Installation

    CPU Board Installation After setting the jumpers and installing memory modules and CPUs, install the CPU board into the CPU board slot on the system board. Follow these steps to install the CPU board: Position the CPU board over the slot on the system board such that the component side (CPU side) faces upward.
  • Page 42: Chapter 3 Bios Utility

    Chapter 3 BIOS Utility Most systems are already configured by the manufacturer or the dealer. There is no need to run Setup when starting the computer unless you get a Run Setup message. If you repeatedly receive Run Setup messages, the battery may be bad.
  • Page 43: Entering Setup

    Entering Setup To enter Setup, press the key combination You must press while the system is booting. This key combination does not work during any other time. The BIOS Utilitymain menu then appears: BIOS Utility Basic System Configuration Advanced System Configuration PCI System Configuration System Security Remote Diagnostic Configuration...
  • Page 44: Basic System Configuration

    Basic System Configuration Select Basic System Configuration to input configuration values such as date, time, and disk types. The following screen shows the Basic System Configuration menu. Basic System Configuration Page 1/2 Date ..... [MM/DD/YY] Time ..... [HH:MM:SS] Diskette Drive A ..[1.44 MB 3.5-inch] Diskette Drive B ..
  • Page 45: Date And Time

    Basic System Configuration Page 2/2 Enhanced IDE Features Hard Disk Block Mode ..[Enabled ] Advanced PIO Mode ..... [Enabled ] Hard Disk Size > 504MB ..[Enabled ] Hard Disk 32-bit Access ..[Enabled ] Large Memory Support Mode ..[Normal Num Lock After Boot ....
  • Page 46: Diskette Drives

    Time Highlight the items on the time parameter and press to set the time following the hour-minute-second format. Valid values for hour, minute, and second are: • Hour 00 to 23 • Minute 00 to 59 • Second 00 to 59 3.2.2 Diskette Drives To enter the configuration value for the first diskette drive (drive A), highlight the...
  • Page 47: Onboard Ide

    3.2.3 Onboard IDE When set to Enabled, this parameter enables the IDE drives installed in the system. Setting to Disabled deactivates the IDE drives and grays the IDE Drive parameters. 3.2.4 IDE Drives Move the highlight bar to the IDE Drive 0 parameter to configure the first IDE drive (drive C).
  • Page 48 If desired, you can save the values under the option User. Cylinder Head Sector IDE Drive 0 (xx MB)..[User] The next time you boot the system, the BIOS utility does not have to auto-configure your IDE drive as it detects the saved disk information during POST. We recommend that you copy the IDE disk drive values and keep them in a safe place in case you have to reconfigure the disk in the future.
  • Page 49: Total Memory

    Be sure to have the correct hard disk information beforehand. Choose YES when asked if you want to save CMOS data. 3.2.5 Total Memory The system automatically detects the total amount of onboard memory during the POST and sets the memory parameters accordingly. If you install additional memory, the system automatically adjusts this parameter to display the new memory size.
  • Page 50: Num Lock After Boot

    Hard Disk Size > 504 MB If enabled, BIOS allows you to use a hard disk with a capacity of more than 504 MB. This is made possible through the Logical Block Address (LBA) mode translation. Other operating systems require this parameter to be set to Disabled . To prevent data loss, set this parameter set to Enabled if you are using a hard disk with more than 504 MB capacity that was previously configured through LBA mode.
  • Page 51: Quiet Boot

    3.2.9 Quiet Boot This parameter enables or disables the quiet boot function. When set to Enabled, BIOS is in graphical mode and displays only an identification logo during POST and while booting. After which the screen displays the operating system prompt (such as DOS) or logo (such as Windows 95).
  • Page 52: Advanced System Configuration

    Advanced System Configuration The Advanced System Configuration option allows you to configure the advanced system memory functions. Do not change any settings in the Advanced Configuration if you are not a qualified technician to avoid damaging system. The following screen shows page one of the Advanced System Configuration parameters.
  • Page 53: External Cache (Cpu Cache)

    3.3.2 External Cache (CPU Cache) This parameter enables or disables the second-level cache memory. Cache Scheme This parameter allows you to select Write back or Write through for the cache mode. Write back updates the cache but not the memory when there is a write instruction.
  • Page 54: Operation Of Ecc

    3.3.4 Operation of ECC This parameter allows you to enable or disable the error correction function. In the option Correction Enabled, ECC automatically corrects any single-bit errors detected. For multiple-bit errors detected, ECC issues an NMI to signal the operating system of the multiple-bit error detection. In the option Correction Disabled, ECC detects both single-bit and multiple-bit errors but does not correct a multiple-bit error;...
  • Page 55: Pci System Configuration

    PCI System Configuration The PCI System Configuration allows you to specify the settings for your PCI devices. PCI System Configuration Page 1/2 PCI IRQ Setting ... [ Auto INTA INTB INTC INTD PCI Slot 1 .... [--] [--] [--] [--] PCI Slot 2 ....
  • Page 56: Pci Irq Setting

    3.4.1 PCI IRQ Setting This parameter allows for Auto or Manual configuration of PCI devices. If you use plug-and-play (PnP) devices, set this parameter to Auto. The system then automatically assigns IRQ to the PnP devices. If your PCI device is not a PnP, you can manually assign the interrupt for each device.
  • Page 57: Onboard Scsi1/Onboard Scsi2

    3.4.3 Onboard SCSI1/Onboard SCSI2 These items allow you to manually assign the interrupts for the onboard SCSI controllers when the PCI IRQ Setting parameter is set to Manual. These parameters are grayed and not user-configurable when the PCI IRQ Setting is set to Auto and when the Onboard SCSI1 and Onboard SCSI2 parameters on page 2 are set to Disabled .
  • Page 58: Usb Host Controller

    3.4.5 USB Host Controller This parameter allows you to enable or disable the onboard USB host controller and the external USB ports. Onboard SCSI1 This parameter allows you to enable or disable the onboard SCSI1 device. Boot SCSI1 Device This parameter allows you to enable or disable the onboard SCSI1 as a boot device priority.
  • Page 59: Plug & Play Os

    3.4.7 Plug & Play OS When this parameter is set to Yes, BIOS initializes only PnP boot devices such as SCSI cards. When set to No, BIOS initializes all PnP boot and non-boot devices such as sound cards. Set this parameter to Yes only if your operating system is Windows 95.
  • Page 60: Power Saving Configuration

    Power Saving Configuration The Power Saving Configuration parameters are configurable when your system and OS support the power management feature. The following screens show the Power Saving Configuration parameters and their default settings. Default is Disabled. Power Saving Configuration Page 1/1 Power Management Mode ....[Disabled] IDE Hard Disk Standby Timer ..[15] Minute(s) System Standby Timer ....[ 5] Minute(s)
  • Page 61: Power Management Mode

    3.5.1 Power Management Mode This parameter allows you to reduce power consumption. When this parameter is set to Enabled, you can configure the system timers. Setting to Disabled deactivates the power management feature and all the timers. For system models with RDM module installed, enabling the RDM feature disables the power management parameters.
  • Page 62: Monitored Activities

    3.5.2 Monitored Activities This parameter allows you to monitor system activities occurring through the IRQ and determine whether or not to enter power saving mode. For example, if you assign IRQ3 to a fax/modem and you set this item to Enabled, any fax/modem activity wakes up the system from suspend mode.
  • Page 63: System Security

    System Security The Setup program has a number of security features to prevent unauthorized access to the system and its data. Enter the Setup program and select System Security to display the following screen. System Security Page 1/1 Disk Drive Control Diskette Drive ....
  • Page 64: Drive Control Settings

    Table 3-1 Drive Control Settings Diskette Drive Setting Description Normal Diskette drive functions normally Write Protect All Sectors Disables the write function on all sectors Write Protect Boot Sector Disables the write function only on the boot sector Disabled Disables all diskette functions Hard Disk Drive Setting Description...
  • Page 65: Onboard Communication Ports

    3.6.2 Onboard Communication Ports Serial Port 1 Base Address This parameter allows you to set the serial port 1 logical base address. Table 3-2 Serial Port 1 Settings Setting Description 3F8h Serial port 1 with address 3F8h using IRQ4 2F8h Serial port 1 with address 2F8h using IRQ3 3E8h Serial port 1 with address 3E8h using IRQ4...
  • Page 66: Parallel Port Settings

    assign 3F8h or 3E8h to serial port 2. Parallel Port Base Address The system has one parallel port. Table 3-4 lists the options for selecting the parallel port address. You also have the option to disable the parallel port. Table 3-4 Parallel Port Settings Setting Function...
  • Page 67: Onboard Ps/2 Mouse (Irq12)

    Operation Mode This item allows you to set the operation mode of the parallel port. Table 3-5 lists the different operation modes. Table 3-5 Parallel Port Operation Mode Settings Setting Function Standard Parallel Port (SPP) Allows normal speed one-way operation Standard and Bidirectional Allows normal speed operation in a two-way mode...
  • Page 68: Setup Password

    3.6.4 Setup Password The setup password prevents unauthorized access to the BIOS utility. Setting a Setup Password 1. Make sure that jumper JP3 is set to pins 2-3 (bypass). You cannot enter the BIOS utility if a setup password does not exist and jumper JP3 is set to pins 1-2 (check).
  • Page 69 6. Retype the password then press After setting the password, the system automatically sets the Setup Password parameter to Present. Press to exit the System Security screen and return to the main menu. Press to exit the BIOS utility. A dialog box appears asking if you want to save the CMOS data.
  • Page 70: Power On Password

    Select Yes to save the changes and reboot the system. Bypassing the Setup Password If you forget your setup password, you can bypass the password security feature by hardware. Follow these steps to bypass the password: Turn off and unplug the system. Open the system housing and set JP3 to pins 2-3 to bypass the password checking.
  • Page 71: Load Setup Default Settings

    Load Setup Default Settings Use this option to load the default settings for the optimized system configuration. When you load the default settings, some of the parameters are grayed-out with their fixed settings. These grayed parameters are not user-configurable. The following dialog box appears when you select Load Setup Default Settings from the main menu.
  • Page 72: Leaving Setup

    Leaving Setup Examine the system configuration values. When you are satisfied that all the values are correct, write them down. Store the recorded values in a safe place. In the future, if the battery loses power or the CMOS chip is damaged, you will know what values to enter when you rerun Setup.
  • Page 73: Chapter 4 Scsi Select Configuration Utility

    SCSI Select Configuration Chapter 4 Utility SCSI Select Configuration Utility Overview The SCSISelect configuration utility allows you to change SCSI controller settings without opening the computer or changing jumpers. 4.1.1 Default Values Table 4-1 lists the settings you can change with the SCSISelect utility and the default value for each setting.
  • Page 74: Default Settings For Scsi Controller And All Devices

    Table 4-1 Default Settings for SCSI Controller and All Devices Global Settings for SCSI Controller and All Devices Default Value Host Adapter SCSI ID SCSI Parity Checking Enabled Host Adapter SCSI Termination Enabled Boot Device Option 0 (zero) Host Adapter BIOS Enabled Support Removable Disks Under BIOS as Fixed Disks Boot only...
  • Page 75: When To Use The Scsiselect Utility

    When to Use the SCSI Select Utility 4.1.2 Use the SCSISelect utility if you need to • Change any of the default values listed in Table 4-1 • Check and/or change SCSI device settings that may conflict with those of other devices (e.g., SCSI ID) •...
  • Page 76: Scsiselect Utility Options

    SCSI Select Utility Options When the SCSISelect utility detects the AIC-7880 SCSI controller in your computer, it displays the Options menu shown in Figure 4-1. Adaptec AIC7880 Ultra/Ultra W SCSISelect (TM) Utility AIC-7880 Ultra/Ultra W at Bus:Device 01:06h Would you like to configure the host adapter, or run the SCSI disk utilities? Select the option and press <Enter>.
  • Page 77: Configure/View Host Adapter Settings Menu

    4.2.1 Configure/View Host Adapter Settings Menu The Configure/View Host Adapter Settings menu lists three settings under SCSI Bus Interface Definitions and three additional options, as shown in Figure 4-2: • Host Adapter SCSI ID: changes the host controller SCSI ID from its default value of 7 •...
  • Page 78 Adaptec AIC7880 Ultra/Ultra W SCSISelect (TM) Utility AIC-7880 Ultra/Ultra W at Bus:Device 01:06h Configuration SCSI Bus Interface Definitions Host Adapter SCSI ID ........ 7 SCSI Parity Checking......... Enabled Host Adapter SCSI Termination ....Enabled Additional Options Boot Device Options ........Press <Enter> SCSI Device Configuration......
  • Page 79: Host Adapter Scsi Id Selection Screen For Aic-7880

    Host Adapter SCSI ID This option allows you to change the host controller SCSI ID. Figure 4-3 shows the available IDs for use with the AIC-7880. The default setting is SCSI ID 7. (We recommend that you not change this setting.) Some operating system software will not run unless the SCSI controller ID is set at ID 7.
  • Page 80: Scsi Parity Checking Selection

    SCSI Parity Checking Select this option to enable or disable SCSI Parity Checking on the SCSI controller. Figure 4-4 displays your choices. The default setting is Enabled. Adaptec AIC7880 Ultra/Ultra W SCSISelect (TM) Utility AIC-7880 Ultra/Ultra W at Bus:Device 01:06h Configuration SCSI Bus Interface Definitions Host Adapter SCSI ID ........
  • Page 81: Host Adapter Scsi Termination Selection For Aic-7880

    Host Adapter SCSI Termination This option allows you to configure host controller SCSI termination. Figure 4-5 shows the choices available if you have an AIC-7880. The default setting is Low OFF/High ON. Adaptec AIC7880 Ultra/Ultra W SCSISelect (TM) Utility AIC-7880 Ultra/Ultra W at Bus:Device 01:06h Configuration SCSI Bus Interface Definitions Host Adapter SCSI ID ........
  • Page 82: Boot Device Options Screen

    Boot Device Options This option shows the target ID of the device you are booting from. The default setting is 0 (zero). We recommend that you not change this setting. Some operating systems will not run unless the boot device is set at zero. Figure 4-6 shows the Boot Device Options screen.
  • Page 83: Scsi Device Configuration Screen For Aic-7880

    Adaptec AIC7880 Ultra/Ultra W SCSISelect (TM) Utility AIC-7880 Ultra/Ultra W at Bus:Device 01:06h SCSI Device Configuration Configuration SCSI Device Configuration SCSI Device ID SCSI Bus Interface Definitions Host Adapter SCSI ID ........ 7 Initiate Sync Negotiation ..... yes SCSI Parity Checking......... Enabled Maximum Sync Transfer Rate..40.0 40.0 40.0...
  • Page 84 Data is transferred in asynchronous mode if neither the SCSI controller nor the SCSI peripheral negotiates for synchronous data transfers. Some older SCSI-1 devices do not support synchronous negotiation. This may cause your computer to operate erratically or hang if Initiate Sync Negotiation is enabled.
  • Page 85 When set to yes, the SCSI device may disconnect from the SCSI bus. The SCSI device, however, may choose not to disconnect, even if permitted by the SCSI controller (this can usually be configured on the SCSI device). When set to no, the SCSI device is not allowed to disconnect from the SCSI bus.
  • Page 86: Advanced Configuration Options Screen

    If this option is enabled for more than one SCSI device, the Start Unit Command is sent first to the device with the lowest SCSI ID. When this device responds to the SCSI controller, the Start Unit Command is sent to the next highest SCSI ID with a setting of yes.
  • Page 87: Host Adapter Bios (Configuration Utility Reserves Bios Space)

    Use the cursor keys (↑ ↓) to move between options. Press Enter to display a pop- up menu with a selection of options. Use the cursor keys (↑ ↓) to select an option, and press Enter to make your selection. Host Adapter BIOS This option enables or disables the SCSI controller BIOS.
  • Page 88: Extended Bios Translation For Dos Drives > 1Gbyte

    Extended BIOS Translation for DOS Drives > 1 GByte This option allows you to enable or disable extended translation for SCSI hard disks with a capacity greater than 1 GByte. It is only valid if the SCSI controller BIOS is enabled. The default setting is Enabled. Do not change this setting from the default.
  • Page 89: Scsi Disk Utilities

    Support for Ultra SCSI Speed This option enables UltraWide SCSI data transfers at 40 MB/sec. If enabled, be sure the device is capable of running at this rate. The default setting is Enabled. 4.2.2 SCSI Disk Utilities When you select SCSI Disk Utilities from the Options menu the SCSISelect utility scans the SCSI bus and lists all SCSI devices installed on the SCSI bus.
  • Page 90: Format Disk

    When you highlight a disk device by moving to it with the cursor keys and press Enter, a small menu window appears. You then select Format Disk or Verify Media from this menu. Use the cursor keys (↑ ↓) to move between options. Press Enter to display a pop- up menu with a selection of values.
  • Page 91: Configuring Multiple Scsi Controllers

    Configuring Multiple SCSI Controllers The AHA-2940/W/UW SCSI controller is used as an example in the following discussion. To use multiple PCI SCSI controllers, do the following: • Install the boot SCSI controller in the lowest PCI Device number. The Device number is determined by the slot number on the PCI bus.
  • Page 92: Disk Drives Over 1 Gbyte

    Disk Drives Over 1 Gbyte 4.4.1 Extended Translation Adaptec SCSI controllers have always supported the full range of disk drive capacities under all major operating systems. As disk drives have recently grown beyond 1 GByte in formatted capacity, they have run up against the DOS 1024- cylinder limit.
  • Page 93: When To Use Extended Translation

    4.4.3 When to Use Extended Translation Drives With Mixed Partitions Use standard translation, not extended translation, on drives formatted with two or more partitions for different operating systems. Partitions for UNIX and NetWare can be larger than 1 GByte when using standard translation. The term UNIX, as used here, includes all versions of AT&T/USL UNIX, SCO v3.2.4 (or later), and ISC v3.0 (or later).
  • Page 94: Scsi Troubleshooting Checklist

    SCSI Troubleshooting Checklist The AIC-7880 SCSI controller has been tested for compatibility with a wide range of SCSI devices. Most problems that occur during installation result from errors in preparing and connecting devices on the SCSI bus. Answer these questions first if a problem occurs during installation: •...
  • Page 95: Bios Startup Messages

    BIOS Startup Messages After you have configured your SCSI controller, the SCSI controller BIOS displays a message when you boot your computer. Normally, this message lists the SCSI ID, manufacturer, model number and other information for each SCSI device that the BIOS detects.
  • Page 96: Device Connected, But Not Ready

    Perform a SCSI low-level format with the Format Disk utility under SCSI Disk Utilities in the SCSISelect utility. All data on the target drive will be lost when you run the Format Disk utility. Back up your data before you run it! In the SCSISelect Advanced Configuration Options menu, set Extended BIOS - Translation to Enabled.
  • Page 97: Start Unit Request Failed

    4.6.2 Start unit request failed The BIOS was unable to send a Start Unit Command to the device. Run the SCSISelect utility and disable Send Start Unit Command for the device. Time-out failure during SCSI Inquiry command! Time-out failure during SCSI Test Unit Ready command! Time-out failure during Start Unit command! An unexpected time-out occurred.
  • Page 98 Booting the Computer from a SCSI Drive The following items may apply for multiple SCSI controller configurations. See the section “Configuring Multiple SCSI Controllers” for more detailed information. • Be sure that both standard hard disks are mapped out of the computer using the Setup program by setting the Setup program to Onboard IDE-Disabled.
  • Page 99 • Disable Onboard SCSI Boot in Setup. • Be sure that the SCSI drive to be used as drive D is set to SCSI ID 0. Check the drive manual for information on setting the SCSI ID for that device. You can also use the SCSISelect utility to determine the SCSI addresses of peripherals on the SCSI bus.
  • Page 100 • Be sure to cycle the power OFF and ON after changing any values on a SCSI controller, in a Setup program, or on a SCSI device. This ensures that the new initial values are loaded. • Be sure that SCSI parity checking is consistently enabled or disabled on all devices on the SCSI bus.
  • Page 101: Chapter 5 System Housing

    Chapter 5 System Housing This chapter describes the features of the system housing and tells you how to install the basic system components such as disk drives, system board, or expansion boards. Descriptive illustrations accompany the installation procedures. If you receive a complete system, the basic components are already installed.
  • Page 102: Positioning The System Housing

    Positioning the System Housing 5.1.1 Standalone System For a standalone system, rotate the legs outward to stabilize the housing. AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 103: Against A Wall

    5.1.2 Against a Wall Figure A Figure B Fans Fans 2-4 inches 5~10 cm Fans Facing a Wall When standing the housing with the fans facing a wall, leave a space of 2-4 inches from the wall to allow air circulation, then position the legs as in Figure A. Fans Facing Out When standing the housing with the fans facing out, you can put the system close to the wall and position the legs as in Figure B.
  • Page 104: Transporting The System

    Transporting the System The housing has a handle on top and two wheels behind the feet to facilitate moving to short distances. Rotate the feet inward before moving the housing. AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 105 When transporting the housing, pull out the handle, at the same time lifting the unit front a few inches from the floor. Slide the housing forward with the wheels supporting the rear. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-5...
  • Page 106: Features

    Features 5.3.1 Front Panel Power Switch Power LED 5.25-inch Drive Bay Hard Disk Drive LED 3.5-inch Drive RDM LED Keylock SCSI Hard Disk Drive Trays AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 107: Rear Panel

    5.3.2 Rear Panel Power Supply Bays Power Socket 1 Power Socket 2 Mouse Port Keyboard Port Parallel Port Video Port RJ-45 Connector COM 1 (network connection) COM 2 USB Connector Expansion Slots Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-7...
  • Page 108: Internal Structure

    5.3.3 Internal Structure The following figure shows the housing internal structure and some of the basic system components. 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch Power Supply Drive Bays Metal Plate (covering two/one redundant power supply modules) CPU Board Expansion Slot Brackets System Board Backplane Board SCSI Drive Trays AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 109: Opening The Housing Panels

    Opening the Housing Panels Before opening the system housing, please refer to section 1.5 for ESD precautions and pre- and post-installation instructions. 5.4.1 Upper Front Panel Hold the left edge of the upper front panel to open it and gain access to the diskette drive bays.
  • Page 110: Lower Front Panel

    The housing keys are inside the front panel. 5.4.2 Lower Front Panel Unlock the housing with the key. Pull the lower panel to access the drive trays. AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-10...
  • Page 111: Left Panel

    You cannot remove the key after you have unlocked the housing. You can remove it only when you lock the housing again. 5.4.3 Left Panel Pull on the key to swing the left panel open. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-11...
  • Page 112: Installing Disk Drives

    Installing Disk Drives Turn off the power switch and unplug the power cord before installing or removing diskette drives. 5.5.1 3.5-inch Floppy Drive Open the lower front panel. Remove the upper panel including its frame by pressing the latch underside and pulling the panel out.
  • Page 113 Remove the screw attaching the 3.5-inch drive frame to the housing. Secure a 3.5-inch drive on the frame with four screws. Insert the drive into the drive bay and secure it with a screw. Connect the diskette drive cables. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-13...
  • Page 114: Inch Drive

    5.5.2 5.25-inch Drive You may install a CD-ROM, digital audio tape (DAT), hard disk, diskette drive or any other 5.25-inch device into the drive bay. Open the lower front panel. Remove the upper panel including its frame by pressing the latch underside and pulling the panel out.
  • Page 115 Connect the signal and power cables to the drive. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-15...
  • Page 116: Hard Disk

    5.5.3 Hard Disk 1. Unlock the drive bay. Pull out a drive tray. Place a hard disk on the tray and secure it with four screws. AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-16...
  • Page 117 Insert the tray back into the housing. Make sure to push back the drive tray handle in place before pushing the tray in completely. The tray does not fit in if the handle is not in place. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-17...
  • Page 118: Installing A System Board

    Installing a System Board The housing accommodates various system board sizes. You can rearrange the pegs on the system board plate to fit the board that you wish to install. If you have not done so, open the housing following the steps in section 4. When ready, align the system board holes to the pegs with the external ports facing the rear of the housing.
  • Page 119: Installing An Expansion Board

    Installing an Expansion Board 1. Remove an expansion slot bracket cover. Save the screw to secure the expansion board. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-19...
  • Page 120 Align an expansion board with the open slot and insert the edge connectors into the expansion bus connector. Secure the board with a screw. AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-20...
  • Page 121: Reinstalling A Cpu Board

    Reinstalling a CPU Board If your system board has had the CPU board removed, follow these steps to reinstall the CPU board: 1. Locate the CPU board connector in the system board. Insert the board into the connector. Make sure that the board is properly seated in the connector.
  • Page 122 Align the plastic support bar with the board edge. Insert the right end of the plastic bar to the hole on the side of the backplane board and the left end to the hole on the rear panel. Left End Right End AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-22...
  • Page 123 Insert the left end of the metal support bar tabs to the holes on the rear panel and align the right end to the screw holes on the side of the backplane board. Secure the metal bar with two screws. Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-23...
  • Page 124: Connecting External Devices

    Connecting External Devices 5.9.1 Connecting a Monitor AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-24...
  • Page 125: Connecting A Keyboard

    5.9.2 Connecting a Keyboard Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-25...
  • Page 126: Connecting A Mouse

    5.9.3 Connecting a Mouse Mouse AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-26...
  • Page 127: Connecting A Printer

    5.9.4 Connecting a Printer Chapter 5 - System Housing 5-27...
  • Page 128: Complete System Connections

    5.10 Complete System Connections AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide 5-28...
  • Page 129: Appendix A System Resources

    Appendix A System Resources Memory Map Table A-1 System Memory Map Address Size Function 0000000 ~ 009FFFF 640 KB system memory Onboard DRAM Reserved for graphics display 00A0000 ~ 00BFFFF 128 KB video RAM buffer, non-cacheable Reserved for onboard VGA 00C0000 ~ 00C7FFF 32 KB for VGA BIOS 00C8000 ~ 00CFFFF...
  • Page 130: I/O Address Map

    I/O Address Map Table A-2 System I/O Address Map Hex Range Device Standard I/O Addresses 000 ~ 01F DMA controller 1, (8237) 020 ~ 027 Interrupt controller 1, (8259) 030 ~ 037 Interrupt controller 1, (8259) 040 ~ 047 System timer (8254-1) 050 ~ 057 System timer (8254-1) 060 ~ 06F...
  • Page 131 Table A-2 System I/O Address Map (continued 3F0 ~ 3F7 Diskette drive controller 3F7 ~ 3FF Serial port 1 Special I/O Addresses Software power down Software reset RAID port card detect Onboard VGA enabled/disable Flash ROM programming RDM reset 4A1 * Fan status VRM ID 4A2 *...
  • Page 132: Interrupt Channels

    Interrupt Channels Table A-3 Interrupt Channels System Device IRQ0 Timer output 0 IRQ1 Keyboard IRQ2 Reserved IRQ3 Serial port 2 IRQ4 Serial port 1 IRQ5 Reserved IRQ6 Diskette drive IRQ7 Parallel port IRQ8 Real-time clock IRQ9 Reserved IRQ10 Reserved IRQ11 Reserved IRQ12 PS/2 mouse...
  • Page 133: Pci Int X# Map

    PCI INT x# Map Table A-4 PCI INTx# Map PCI Bus# PCI INTx PCI Device PCI Bus 0 INTA PCI slots 1, 2, 3 INTB PCI slots 1, 2, 3 INTC PCI slots 1, 2, 3 INTD PCI slots 1, 2, 3; LAN PCI Bus 1 INTA PCI slots 4, 5...
  • Page 134: A-5 System Security

    System Security Table A-5 System Security Parameter Default Setting Disk Drive Control Diskette Drive Normal Fixed Disk Drive Normal System Boot Drive Drive A then C On-board Communication Ports Serial Port 1 3F8h Serial Port 2 2F8h Parallel Port 3Bch (IRQ 7) Operation Mode Standard and Bidirectional mode Onboard PS/2 Mouse...
  • Page 135: Features

    $SSHQGL[ % 'ULYH 7UD\ 0DQDJHPHQW 6\VWHP '706 )HDWXUHV The BP-W8 wide SCSI backplane subsystem consists of a backplane board and drive trays that support wide SCSI hard disk drives. The BP-W8 backplane is specifically designed for a tower housing that accommodates up to eight SCSI drives.
  • Page 136 0DMRU &RPSRQHQWV % %DFNSODQH %RDUG 3RZHU FRQQHFWRUV 6&6, ,' VZLWFK 6&6, FKDQQHO  LQSXW 6&6, GULYH VORW +'' ,'SRZHU MXPSHU - &KDQQHO FRQILJXUDWLRQ VZLWFKHV 6&6, FKDQQHO  LQSXW 7HUPLQDWRUV 5$ 5$ 5$ 6&6, FKDQQHO  RXWSXW 7HUPLQDWRUV 5$ 5$ 5$ +'' ,'SRZHU MXPSHU - )LJXUH % %DFNSODQH %RDUG &RPSRQHQWV $FHU$OWRV  6HULHV 8VHU¶V *XLGH...
  • Page 137 % +RWVZDS 6&6, 'ULYH 7UD\ The backplane subsystem comes with a 68-pin wide SCSI drive tray. SLQ :LGH 6&6, 'ULYH 7UD\ 3RZHU FRQQHFWRU SLQ ZLGH 6&6, ,' FDEOH SLQ ZLGH 6&6, FRQQHFWRU 3RZHU FRQWURO FRQQHFWRU - 'ULYH WUD\ KDQGOH 3RZHU VZLWFK 3RZHU /(' )DXOW\ GULYH /(' 'ULYH DFWLYLW\ /(' ZLQGRZ...
  • Page 138 -XPSHU 6HWWLQJV The backplane has two jumpers, J3 and J4, that allow you to select the terminator power source. J3 supports the four upper drive slots (slots 1, 2, 3, and 4) on the backplane. J4 supports the four lower drive slots (slots 5, 6, 7, and 8). Figure B-2 shows the settings for jumpers J3 and J4.
  • Page 139 Some versions of the backplane board come with a 6-pin J3 and J4 jumpers. The two additional pins are for setting more hard disk IDs. Note that the hard disk ID switches in these versions have only three on/off switches. See section 4 for details on hard disk ID settings.
  • Page 140 +DUG 'LVN ,' 6HWWLQJ 2SWLRQV The wide SCSI hot-swap drive tray includes an 8/12-pin ID cable (see Figure 2). This cable allows you to define the hard disk ID using the ID switches on the backplane board. The narrow SCSI drive tray comes with a 6-pin ID connector but no cable since narrow SCSI drive specifications vary depending on the brand.
  • Page 141 Figure B-5 shows the ID switch default settings with the corresponding hard disk IDs for backplane boards with 4-pin J3 and J4 jumpers, and 4-on/off ID switches. ID Switch ID Switch Setting Hard Disk ID Hard Disk ID Setting )LJXUH % +DUG 'LVN ,' 6ZLWFK 6HWWLQJV IRU EDFNSODQH YHUVLRQV ZLWK RQRII VZLWFKHV $SSHQGL[ %  'ULYH 7UD\ 0DQDJHPHQW 6\VWHP...
  • Page 142 6&6, &KDQQHO &RQILJXUDWLRQV You may configure the backplane as single-channel (combine) or dual-channel (split) controller. % 6LQJOH&KDQQHO &RQILJXUDWLRQ In a single-channel configuration, channel 1 supports the SCSI devices plugged into slots 1 to 8. Set the channel configuration switches to “Combine” and set the terminators accordingly (Table B-1) to achieve a single-channel configuration.
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  • Page 144: Dual-Channel Configuration

    % 'XDO&KDQQHO &RQILJXUDWLRQ In a dual-channel configuration, channel 1 supports the devices in slots 1 to 4, and channel 2 supports the devices in slots 5 to 8. Set the channel configuration switches to “Split” and set the terminators accordingly (Table B-2) to achieve a dual-channel configuration.
  • Page 145 % ,QVWDOOLQJ D 6&6, +DUG 'LVN Follow these steps to install a SCSI hard disk on a hot-swap drive tray: Remove the terminators on each SCSI drive that you will install. Position the drive over the hot-swap tray and connect the SCSI cable, drive ID cable, and power cable.
  • Page 146 Secure the drive to the tray using four screws. )LJXUH % 6HFXULQJ D 'ULYH WR WKH +RWVZDS 7UD\ Install the drive tray into the backplane board. See Figure B-10 on the following page. 0DNH VXUH WKDW WKH SRZHU VZLWFK RQ WKH GULYH WUD\ LV VHW WR WKH 8QORFN3RZHU 2II SRVLWLRQ EHIRUH \RX SOXJ LW WR WKH ERDUG %...
  • Page 147 )LJXUH % ,QVWDOOLQJ WKH +RWVZDS 'ULYH 7UD\ Slide the power switch of the drive tray to the Lock/Power On position. The power LED lights up. $SSHQGL[ %  'ULYH 7UD\ 0DQDJHPHQW 6\VWHP %...
  • Page 148 8VLQJ WKH +RWVZDS )HDWXUH The backplane board supports a hot-swap feature that allows you to change defective drives even while the system is running. 7KH KRWVZDS IHDWXUH UHTXLUHV WKH 5$,' FRQWUROOHU ERDUG DQG 5$,' GULYHUV The faulty drive indicator on the hot-swap drive tray lights up whenever the drive that it carries becomes bad or defective.
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  • Page 150 Index Connecting external devices, 5-24 a keyboard, 5-25 a mouse, 5-26 Advanced system configuration, 3-11 a printer, 5-27 ASM Pro, 1-10 Connector functions, 1-6 Correcting error conditions, 1-14 CPU board, 2-1 Installing, 2-14 Installing a DIMM, 2-5 Basic system configuration, 3-3 Installing a Pentium II processor, 2-11 BIOS utility, 3-1, 3-2 Installing the processor heat sink and...
  • Page 151 Major components, B-2 I/O address map, A-2 SCSI channel configurations, B-8 Jumper locations, 2-2 Enhanced IDE features, 3-8 Jumper settings, 1-5, 2-3 Error conditions, correcting, 1-14 Jumpers and connectors, 1-4 Error messages, 1-11 Software, 1-11 System, 1-11 ESD precautions, 1-7 Keyboard, connecting a, 5-25 Expansion board, installing, 5-19 External devices, connecting, 5-24...
  • Page 152 Upper front panel, 5-9 Multiple controllers, configuring, 4-19 Options, 4-4 Overview, 4-1 Running, 4-3 SCSI disk utilities, 4-17 Password Start unit request failed, 4-25 Power on, 3-29 Troubleshooting checklist, 4-22 setup, 3-27 When to use, 4-3 PCI INT x# map, A-5 Setup, leaving, 3-31 PCI system configuration, 3-14 Software error messages, 1-11...
  • Page 153 Positioning, 5-2 Rear panel features, 5-7 Transporting the system, 5-4 Upper front panel, 5-9 System resources, A-1 I/O address map, A-2 Interrupt channels, A-4 Memory map, A-1 PCI INT x# map, A-5 System security, A-6 System security, A-6 Time and date, 3-4 Transporting the system, 5-4 Video memory upgrade, 1-9 AcerAltos 9100 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 154 Release Note AcerAltos 9100 Update Thank you for purchasing an AcerAltos 9100 server. We want to provide you with the latest information about your new server. This document contains the following: • Jumper Settings for Pentium II 300 MHz Processor Upgrade •...
  • Page 155: Processor Upgrade

    Jumper Settings for Pentium II 300 MHz Processor Upgrade The table below updates the Core/Bus Frequency data in Table 2-1 in the User’s Guide. (The shaded area shows the jumper settings for a Pentium II 300 MHz processor.) Table 2-1 Settings for CPU Core/Bus Frequency Ratio (JP1) JP1 Settings CPU Core/Bus...
  • Page 156 LAN Adapter). After removing the driver, install Intel's SCO driver diskette, included in the server software box. 3COM 3C905 10/100 NIC Use the 3C905 SCO MDI driver included in Acer StartUp. The driver diskette is generated from the Diskette Maker utility in Acer StartUp. Video ATI Mach64 PCI After adding more memory you may experience video problems (such as the SCO login screen blanking out or seeing a mouse trail on your screen).
  • Page 157 To use 3C905 PCI NIC, you must first remove the built-in driver in SCO 5.0.4 (titled "3Com EtherLink XL PCI(3c900) 3ComFast Eth"). After removing this driver, use the 3C905 SCO MDI driver included in Acer StartUp. This driver is generated from the Diskette Maker utility in Acer StartUp.
  • Page 158 NOTE: Stp=alad(0, 2, 0) is optional only if there is a tape drive connected to the onboard controller. ArcServe Tape Utility The SCO OpenServer 5.0.4 operating system cannot be configured when using both ArcServe and the SCO Symmetric Multiprocessing package. This configuration will cause a system panic during the system multi-boot stage.
  • Page 159: Tape Drives

    IBM 9.1 GB DCHS-09U CD-ROM NEC CDR 1610A, 16X, Narrow SCSI Memory Acer 32 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 4 X 72 Acer 64 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 8 X 72 Acer 128 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 16 X 72 SCSI RAID Controller Mylex DAC960 PL, Fast/Wide 2 Channel (BIOS 3.00.07,FW 3.5-00-5)
  • Page 160: Scsi Hard Drives

    IBM 9.1 GB DCHS-09U CD-ROM NEC CDR 1610A, 16X, Narrow SCSI Memory Acer 32 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 4 X 72 Acer 64 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 8 X 72 Acer 128 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 16 X 72 SCSI RAID Controller Mylex DAC960 PL, Fast/Wide 2 Channel (BIOS 3.00.07,FW 3.5-00-5)
  • Page 161 IBM 9.1 GB DCHS-09U CD-ROM NEC CDR 1610A, 16X, Narrow SCSI Memory Acer 32 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 4 X 72 Acer 64 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 8 X 72 Acer 128 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 16 X 72 SCSI RAID Controller Mylex DAC960 PL, Fast/Wide 2 Channel (BIOS 3.00.07,FW 3.5-00-5)
  • Page 162 IBM 9.1 GB DCHS-09U CD-ROM NEC CDR 1610A, 16X, Narrow SCSI Memory Acer 32 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 4 X 72 Acer 64 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 8 X 72 Acer 128 MB EDO/ECC DIMM, 16 X 72 SCSI RAID Controller Mylex DAC960 PL, Fast/Wide 2 Channel (BIOS 3.00.07,FW 3.5-00-5)