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AL8 Series

(AL8, AL8-V)

Intel Pentium 4 System Board

Socket 775

User’s Manual

4200-0455-01Rev. 1.00

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If you do not properly set the motherboard settings, causing the motherboard to malfunction or fail, we cannot guarantee any responsibility.

AL8 Series

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1.

Introduction.........................................................................

1-1

1-1.

Features & Specifications .......................................................................

1-1

1-2.

Layout Diagram ......................................................................................

1-3

Chapter 2.

Hardware Setup...................................................................

2-1

2-1.

Install The Motherboard..........................................................................

2-1

2-2.

Install CPU, Heatsink and Fan Assembly ...............................................

2-2

2-3.

Install System Memory ...........................................................................

2-4

2-4.

Connectors, Headers and Switches .........................................................

2-6

 

(1). ATX Power Input Connectors .......................................................

2-6

 

(2).

FAN Power Connectors.................................................................

2-7

 

(3). CMOS Memory Clearing Header..................................................

2-8

 

(4).

Wake-up Header............................................................................

2-9

 

(5). Front Panel Audio Connection Header........................................

2-10

 

(6). Front Panel Switches & Indicators Headers................................

2-11

 

(7). Additional IEEE1394 Port Headers ............................................

2-12

 

(8). Additional USB Port Headers .....................................................

2-13

 

(9). GURU Clock Connection Header ...............................................

2-14

 

(10). Internal Audio Connectors ..........................................................

2-14

 

(11). Floppy and IDE Disk Drive Connectors .....................................

2-15

 

(12). POST Code Display ....................................................................

2-16

 

(13). Serial ATA Connectors ................................................................

2-17

 

(14). PCI Express x16 Slot ..................................................................

2-18

 

(15). PCI Express x1 Slots...................................................................

2-18

 

(16). Back Panel Connectors ...............................................................

2-19

Chapter 3.

BIOS Setup ..........................................................................

3-1

3-1.

µGuru Utility...........................................................................................

3-2

3-2.

Standard CMOS Features......................................................................

3-10

3-3.

Advanced BIOS Features......................................................................

3-13

3-4.

Advanced Chipset Features...................................................................

3-16

3-5.

Integrated Peripherals ...........................................................................

3-18

3-6.

Power Management Setup.....................................................................

3-24

3-7.

PnP/PCI Configurations........................................................................

3-26

3-8.

Load Fail-Safe Defaults ........................................................................

3-27

3-9.

Load Optimized Defaults ......................................................................

3-27

3-10.

Set Password .........................................................................................

3-27

User’s Manual

3-11. Save & Exit Setup.................................................................................

3-27

3-12. Exit Without Saving..............................................................................

3-27

Appendix A.

Install Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility ..........................

A-1

Appendix B.

Install Intel Matrix Storage Technology RAID Driver..................

B-1

Appendix C.

Install Audio Driver ........................................................................

C-1

Appendix D.

Install BCM LAN Driver ................................................................

D-1

Appendix E.

Install Sil3132 SATA Driver (AL8) ................................................

E-1

Appendix F.

Install USB 2.0 Driver ....................................................................

F-1

Appendix G.

Install ABIT µGuru Utility .............................................................

G-1

Appendix H.

POST Code Definition ....................................................................

H-1

Appendix I.

Troubleshooting (Need Assistance?) ...............................................

I-1

Appendix J.

How to Get Technical Support ........................................................

J-1

AL8 Series

Introduction

1-1

 

 

Chapter 1. Introduction

1-1.Features & Specifications

1.CPU

Designed for Intel® Pentium 4 / Pentium D LGA775 processors with 1066/800/533 MHz FSB

Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading /XD-bit /EM64T / EIST Technology

2.Chipset

Intel® 945P / Intel® ICH7R Express Chipset (AL8)

Intel® 945P / Intel® ICH7 Express Chipset(AL8-V)

3.Memory

Four 240-pinDIMM slots(Un-bufferedNon-ECCDIMM)

Supports Dual channel DDR2 667/533 (Max. 4GB)

4.PCI Express x16 Graphic

Delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X

5.SATAII 3G RAID

Intel® Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0/1/5/10

Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing and native hot plug

6.2nd PCIE SATAII 3G

Onboard Silicon Image PCIE SATAII 3G RAID controller (For model AL8 only)

7.Audio

Onboard 7.1-ChannelIntel® High Definition Audio CODEC

Supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out (For model AL8 only)

8.IEEE 1394a

Supports 2 Ports IEEE 1394a at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate (For model AL8 only)

9.Gigabit LAN

Onboard PCI-EGigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/1000M Ethernet

10.ABIT Engineered

ABIT uGuru2005 Technology (ABIT OC Guru / ABIT EQ / ABIT Flash Menu / ABIT Black Box)

ABIT CPU ThermalGuardTechnology

11.Internal I/O Connectors

1x PCI Express x16 slot

3x PCI Express x1 slots

User’s Manual

1-2

Chapter 1

 

 

2x PCI slots

1x Floppy port supports up to 2.88MB

2x SATA connectors (For model AL8 only)

4x SATA connectors

1x Ultra DMA 100/66/33 connector

2x USB 2.0 headers

1x IEEE 1394 header (For model AL8 only)

1x FP-Audioheader

1x CD-INheader

12.Back Panel I/O

1x PS/2 Keyboard, 1x PS/2 Mouse

1x Serial port, 1x Parallel port

1x S/PDIF In connector (For model AL8 only)

1x S/PDIF Out connector (For model AL8 only)

1x AUDIO1 connector (Surround-Left/Surround-Right,Rear-Left/Rear-Right,Center/Subwoofer)

1x AUDIO2 connector (Mic-In,Line-In,Line-Out)

4x USB connectors

1x IEEE 1394a connector (For model AL8 only)

1x RJ-45LAN connector

13.Miscellaneous

ATX form factor (305mm x 245mm)

!Specifications and information contained herein are subject to change without notice.

AL8 Series

Introduction

1-3

 

 

1-2.Layout Diagram

User’s Manual

1-4

Chapter 1

 

 

AL8 Series