AOpen AX4SGUL User Manual

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You may accomplish BIOS upgrade procedure with EzWinFlash by the following steps, and it’s STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to close all the applications before you start the upgrading.

1.Download the new version of BIOS package zip file from AOpen official web site. (Ex:http://www.aopen.com)

2.Unzip the download BIOS package (ex: WSGUL102.ZIP) with WinZip (http://www.winzip.com) in Windows environment.

3.Save the unzipped files into a folder, for example, WSGUL102.EXE & WSGUL102.BIN.

4.Double click on the WSGUL102.EXE; EzWinFlash will detect the model name and BIOS version of your motherboard. If you had got the wrong BIOS, you will not be allowed to proceed with the flash steps.

5.You may select preferred language in the main menu, then click [Start Flash] to start the BIOS upgrade procedure.

6.EzWinFlash will complete all the process automatically, and a dialogue box will pop up to ask you to restart Windows. You may click [YES] to reboot Windows.

7.Press <Del> at POST to enter BIOS setup; choose "Load Setup Defaults", then “Save & Exit Setup”. Done!

It is strongly recommended NOT to turn off the power or run any application during FLASH PROCESS.

Warning: The new BIOS upgrade will permanently replace your original BIOS’s settings when flashing. You may need to reconfigure your BIOS setting so that your system can go back to work as normal.

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Vivid BIOS technology

Have you been fed up with the conservative and immutable POST screen? Let’s rule out the tradition idea that POST screen are stiff and frigid, and let AOpen show you the newly developed VividBIOS to experience the lively vivid colourful POST screen!

Unlike earlier graphic POST screen which could occupy the whole screen and mask text information during POST, AOpen VividBIOS deals with graphics and texts separately, and makes them running simultaneously during POST. With this innovative design, VividBIOS now brings you a beautiful and sleek 256 colours screen without missing any important information shown on POST screen.

In addition, the limited space of BIOS ROM is another big issue. When all of the traditional BIOS can only show space-consumingand uncompressed Bitmap, AOpen has considerately tuned the BIOS to next generation, to recognize thesmaller-sizedGIF format and evendynamic-showingGIF animation.

Vivid BIOS shares the same fundamental technology with Open JukeBox CD Player, you may use the same EzSkin utility to change

your Vivid BIOS screen or to download your favourite Open JukeBox skin. If you see this little logo shown beside your model name on the BIOS download page,http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/download/skin, it is assured that your motherboard

supports this innovative feature!

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Driver and Utility

There are motherboard drivers and utilities in AOpen Bonus CD. You don’t need to install all of them to boot your system. But after you finish the hardware installation, you have to install your operation system first (such as Windows XP) before you install any drivers or utilities. Please refer to your operation system’s installation guide.

Auto-runMenu from Bonus CD

You can use the auto-runmenu of Bonus CD. Choose the utility and driver and select model name.

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Installing Intel® Chipset Software Installation UUttiilliittyy

The Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility should be installed onto the target system and the Windows * INF files outline the operating system how the chipset components will be configured. It is recommended that the Intel® Chipset Software Installation utility be installed onto the target system prior to the installation of other drivers.

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Installing Intel Extreme Graphic Driver

(only for AX4SG-U,AX4SG-ULandAX4SG-UNN))

You can install Intel Extreme graphic driver to get the best graphics function of the chipset. You can find it in the Bonus Pack CD disc.

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Installing Onboard Sound Driver

This motherboard comes with AC’97 CODEC. This audio driver supports Windows 98SE and upper Windows OS; you can find the audio driver from the Bonus Pack CDauto-runmenu.

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Installing Gigabit LAN Driver

(for AX4SG-UL,AX4SPE-ULandAX4SPB-UL))

Install LAN Driver in Windows 98SE

1.Open the Device Manager and check if there is a "PCI Ethernet Controller" in "Other devices"

2.Insert the supplied "Bonus CD"

3.Double click "PCI Ethernet Controller”

4.Click "Reinstall Driver" in the General Tab.

5.Select "Search for a better driver than the one your device is using now. (Recommended)"

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6.Select "Specify a location", and type "G:\Driver\LAN\RTL8100S-32\Win98"in the text box that appears. Press “Next".

7.System will ask you to provide the file path for loading driver, please type "G:\Driver\LAN\RTL8100S-32\Win98"in the text box that appears. Press “OK".

8.System will ask you to insert "Windows 98 CD-ROM".

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9.Driver installed.

10.Restart computer.

11.Confirming Windows 98 Installation.

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Install LAN Driver in Windows ME

1.Open the Device Manager and check if there is a "PCI Ethernet Controller" in "Other devices"

2.Insert the supplied "Bonus CD"

3.Double click "PCI Ethernet Controller”

4.Click "Reinstall Driver" in the General Tab.

5.Select "Specify the location of the driver (Advanced)".

6.Choose "Search for a better driver than the one your device is using now. (Recommended)", then Select "Specify a location", and type "G:\Driver\LAN\RTL8100S-32\WinME"in the text box that appears. Press “Next".

7.Driver installed.

8.Restart computer.

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