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BF6 Motherboard User’s Manual

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION OF BF6 FEATURES

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FEATURES OFTHISMOTHERBOARD

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SPECIFICATIONS

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LAYOUTDIAGRAM

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THESYSTEMBLOCKDIAGRAM

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CHAPTER 2. INSTALLING THE MOTHERBOARD

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2-1. INSTALLING THEMOTHERBOARD TO THECHASSIS

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INSTALLATION OF THEPENTIUMII/III, CELERONTM CPU

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INSTALLINGSYSTEMMEMORY

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CONNECTORS, HEADERS ANDSWITCHES

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CPU FREQUENCYSETTINGS

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CHAPTER 3. INTRODUCTION OF THE BIOS

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3-1.SOFTMENU III SETUP

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3-2. STANDARDCMOS FEATURESSETUPMENU

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3-3. ADVANCEDBIOS FEATURESSETUPMENU

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3-4. ADVANCEDCHIPSETFEATURESSETUPMENU

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INTEGRATEDPERIPHERALS

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3-6. POWERMANAGEMENTSETUPMENU

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PNP/PCI CONFIGURATIONS

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PC HEALTHSTATUS

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LOADFAIL-SAFEDEFAULTS

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LOADOPTIMIZEDDEFAULTS

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3-11. SETPASSWORD

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SAVE& EXITSETUP

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EXITWITHOUTSAVING

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Rev. 1.02

APPENDIX A BIOS FLASHING USER INSTRUCTIONS

APPENDIX B INSTALLING THE HIGHPOINT XSTORE PRO UTILITY

APPENDIX C HARDWARE MONITORING FUNCTION (INSTALLING THE WINBOND HARDWARE DOCTOR UTILITY)

APPENDIX D THE THERMAL CABLE

APPENDIX E BX 133 OVERCLOCKING GUIDE

APPENDIX F HOW TO GET TECHNICAL SUPPORT

APPENDIX G TROUBLESHOOTING (NEED ASSISTANCE?)

Introduction of BF6 Features

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Chapter 1. Introduction of BF6 Features

1-1.Featuresof This Motherboard

The motherboard is designed for a new generation CPUs. It supports the Intel SLOT1 structure (Pentium II/III and CeleronTM processors), up to 768MB of memory, super I/O, and Green PC functions. The motherboard provides high performance for server systems and meets the requirements for desktop system for multimedia in the future.

The BF6 has built-inhardware monitoring functions (you can refer toAppendix C for detailed information), they can monitor and protect your computer insuring a safe computing environment. The BF6 also supports the PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, password and hot key wake up features (you can refer to section3-5for detailed information), letting you easily wake up your system by these devices. The motherboard can provide high performance for workstations and meets the requirements for desktop systems for multimedia in the future.

The BF6 uses the ABIT newest BIOS technology – CPU Soft MenuTM III. The ABIT CPU Soft MenuTM III technology not only lets you configure CPU settings easily but also lets you have a greater choice of CPU FSB clock settings. It provides 120 different CPU FSB clock settings. From 84 to 200 MHz, the increment for CPU FSB clock settings is 1Mhz by 1MHz (you can refer to section3-1for detailed information).

Sets You Free From the Y2K Threat

The potential threat of Year 2000 (Y2K) problems are making everyone very nervous. The Y2K issue applies to almost any device, firmware, or software that operates on or with year based dates. This problem is caused by a design flaw in the RealTimeClock (RTC) unit. The RTC only changes the last two digits of the year code, but not the century information. As a result, when it comes to 12:00 AM January 1, 2000 the RTC will switch from December 31 11:59 PM 1999 to 12:00 AM January 1 1900.

Y2K compliance deals with the date change over from 31 December 1999 to 1 January 2000, and with recording and reporting of all dates from the RTC including leap year dates. This motherboard is free from the Y2K problem because its BIOS are Y2K compliant.

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Please Note

If the operating system or application software cannot handle Year 2000 dates, you will still be facing the Y2K threat because it is not a hardware problem that relates to the motherboard itself. According to Award BIOS, it is BIOS source code released after 31 May 1995 complies with all known Y2K issues; however, it may still fail the 2000.exe test. Award has modified its BIOS source code to accommodate the requirements of 2000.exe. Award BIOS source code issued later than 18 November 1996 passes the NTSL 2000.exe test program.

1-2.Specifications

1. CPU

! Supports Intel Pentium III 450 ~800 MHz Processor cartridge.! Supports Intel Pentium II 233 ~ 450 MHz Processor cartridge.

! Supports Intel® Celeron266 ~ 533MHz processors (Based on 66MHz PPGA package)! Supports 66 and 100MHz CPU external clock speeds

2. Chipset

! Intel® 440BX chipset (82443BX and 82371EB)! Supports Ultra DMA/33 IDE protocol

! Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)

! Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 1x and 2x mode (Sideband) 3.3V device

3. Memory (System Memory)

! Three168-pinDIMM sockets support SDRAM modules

! Supports up to 768MB MAX. (8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 MB SDRAM)! Supports ECC

4. System BIOS

!CPU SOFT MENUIII, can easily set the processor parameters

!AWARD 6.0 Version BIOS

!Supports Plug-and-Play(PnP)

!Supports Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI)

!Supports Desktop Management Interface (DMI)

!Year 2000 compliant

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5. Multi I/O Functions

! 2x Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA 33 devices! PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connectors

! 1x Floppy Port ( up to 2.88MB)! 1x Parallel Port (EPP/ECP)

! 2x Serial Ports

! 2x USB Connectors

6. Miscellaneous

!ATX form factor

!One AGP slot, six PCI slots and one ISA slot

!Supports PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, password and hot key wake-upfunctions

!Built-inWake on LAN header

!Built-inIrDA TX/RX header

!Built-inSB-Link header

!Built-inWake On Ring header

!Built-intwo SMBus headers

!Hardware monitoring Included fan speed, voltages, CPU and system environment temperature

!One Thermal Sensor Cable included

!Board size: 305 * 200mm

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"Supports Wake On LAN, Keyboard or Mouse, but your ATX power supply 5V standby power must be able to provide at least a 720mA current capacity. Otherwise, the functions may not work normally.

"PCI slot 2 shares IRQ signals with the PCI slot 5

"PCI slot 3 shares IRQ signals with the PCI slot 6

"PCI slot 4 shares IRQ signals with the USB controller

"PCI slot 6 is fully bus slave. Thus you can’t install a PCI card that needs to use bus master signals into PCI slot 6. But you can install voodoo 1 or 2 that doesn’t need to

use bus aster signals into PCI slot 6.

#Above 66MHz/100MHz bus speeds are supported but not guaranteed due to the PCI and chipset specifications.

#Sound Blasteris a registered trademark of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and certain other countries. Sound Blaster - LINKandSB-LINK are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd.

#Specifications and information contained in this manual are subject to change without notice.

Note

All brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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1-3.Layout Diagram

Figure 1-2.Motherboard component location

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1-4.The System Block Diagram

Figure 1-3.System diagram of the 440BX chipset

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