EVGA H55 User Manual

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User’s Guide

EVGA H55 Motherboard

Table of Contents

User’s Guide .................................................................................................................

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EVGA H55 Motherboard ...............................................................................................

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Before You Begin… ......................................................................................................

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Parts NOT in the Kit .................................................................................................

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EVGA H55 Motherboard ..............................................................................................

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Motherboard Specifications......................................................................................

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Hardware Installation ....................................................................................................

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Safety Instructions....................................................................................................

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Preparing the Motherboard ....................................................................................

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Installing the CPU ..............................................................................................

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Installing the CPU Fan .......................................................................................

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Installing System Memory (DIMMs) ...................................................................

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Installing the Motherboard......................................................................................

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Installing the I/O Shield ......................................................................................

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Securing the Motherboard into a System Case .................................................

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Connecting Cables.................................................................................................

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24-pin ATX Power (PW1)...............................................................................

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8-pin ATX 12V Power (PW12) .......................................................................

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Connecting IDE Hard Disk Drives ......................................................................

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Connecting Serial ATA Cables...........................................................................

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Connecting Internal Headers .............................................................................

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Front Panel Header ........................................................................................

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IEEE1394a (Firewire) .....................................................................................

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USB Headers .................................................................................................

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Audio ..............................................................................................................

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EVGA H55 Motherboard

Expansion Slots .................................................................................................

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PCI Slots ........................................................................................................

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PCI Express x16/x8/x4 Slots..........................................................................

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Onboard Buttons ....................................................................................................

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Clear CMOS Button .......................................................................................

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RESET and POWER Button ..........................................................................

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Post Port Debug LED and LED Status Indicators..................................................

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Post Port Debug LED .....................................................................................

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LED Status Indicators ....................................................................................

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Configuring the BIOS ..................................................................................................

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Enter BIOS Setup...................................................................................................

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Main Menu..............................................................................................................

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Standard BIOS Features Menu..............................................................................

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System Time / System Date...............................................................................

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

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IDE Configuration ...............................................................................................

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Boot Settings Configuration ...............................................................................

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AHCI Configuration ............................................................................................

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USB Configuration .............................................................................................

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

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North Bridge Configuration.................................................................................

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PCI Express Configuration.................................................................................

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PCI/PNP Resource Management ..........................................................................

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Clear NVRAM.....................................................................................................

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Plug & Play O/S .................................................................................................

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PCI Latency Timer .............................................................................................

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Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA ...................................................................................

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Palette Snooping ................................................................................................

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PCI IDE BusMaster ............................................................................................

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OffBoard PCI/ISA IDE Card ...............................................................................

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Boot Configuration Features ..................................................................................

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Boot Device Priority............................................................................................

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Hard Disk Drives ................................................................................................

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Power Management Features................................................................................

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ACPI Configuration ............................................................................................

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SLP_S4# Min. Assertion Width ..........................................................................

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Restore on AC Power Loss................................................................................

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Hardware Health Configure....................................................................................

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H/W Health Function ..........................................................................................

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CPU Fan Mode Setting ......................................................................................

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Frequency/Voltage Control Menu ..........................................................................

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Memory Configure..............................................................................................

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CPU Configuration .............................................................................................

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Installing Drivers and Software ..................................................................................

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Windows XP/Vista/7 Driver Installation ..................................................................

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Appendix A. POST Codes for the EVGA H55 Motherboard .......................................

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EVGA H55 Motherboard

List of Figures

Figure 1. PW1 Motherboard Connector ................................................................

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Figure 2. CMOS Setup Utility Main Menu .............................................................

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Figure 3. Standard BIOS Features Menu..............................................................

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Figure 4. Advanced BIOS Features ......................................................................

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Figure 5. Advanced Chipset Features...................................................................

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Figure 6.

PCI/PNP Resource Management ..........................................................

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Figure 7.

Boot Configuration Features ..................................................................

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Figure 8.

Power Management Features ...............................................................

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Figure 9.

Hardware Health Configure ...................................................................

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Figure 10. Frequency/Voltage Control ....................................................................

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Before You Begin…

Parts NOT in the Kit

This kit contains all the hardware necessary to install and connect your new EVGA H55 Motherboard. However, it does not contain the following items that must be purchased separately to make the motherboard functional.

Intel Socket 1156 Processor

DDR3 System Memory

Socket 1156 or Socket 775 Cooling fan

PCI Express or PCI Graphics Card

Power Supply

EVGA assumes you have purchased all the necessary parts needed to allow for proper system functionality. For a full list of supported CPU’s on this motherboard, please visit http://www.evga.com/support/motherboard/.

When replacing a motherboard in a system case, you will need to reinstall an operating system even though the current hard disk may already have an operating system.

EVGA reserves the right to change product specifications without notice.

EVGA H55

Motherboard

Motherboard Specifications

Size

ATX form factor of 12 inch x 9.6 inch

Processor support

Intel Socket 1156 CPU’s

Operating systems:

Supports Windows XP 32bit/64bit, Windows Vista 32bit/64bit, and Windows 7 32bit/64bit

Intel H55 Express Chipset

System Display output interface

Supports D-SUB,DVI and DP (Display Port). With Intel Core i3 CPU install support:

D-SUB:2048 x 1536 @75 Hz

DVI: 1920 x 1200 @60Hz

DP: 2560 x 1600 @60Hz

System Memory support

Supports triple channel DDR3-1333+.Officially supports up to 16GBs of DDR3 memory.

USB 2.0 Ports Supports hot plug

Twelve USB 2.0 ports (Eight rear panel ports, four onboard USB headers) Supports wake-upfrom S1 and S3 mode

Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to a 480 Mbps transmission rate

Eight(8) onboard Serial ATA II

300MBps data transfer rate

Two Serial ATA II connectors from JMicron’s JMB363 with support for RAID 0, RAID 1

Onboard LAN Integrated LAN port’s

Supports 10/100/1000 Mb/sec Ethernet

Onboard IEEE1394a (Firewire) Support hot plug

Two IEEE1394a ports (One rear panel port, one onboard 1394 header) with a rate transmission of 400 Mbps

Onboard Audio

Realtek High-Definitionaudio Supports8-channelaudio SupportsJack-Sensingfunction

Green Function

Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

Supports S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4 (Suspend to disk - depends on OS), and S5 (soft - off)

Expansion Slots Three PCI slots

One PCI Express x4/x8/x16 slot One PCI Express X4 slot

One DVI, one VGA, one display port support

Hardware Installation

This section will guide you through the installation of the motherboard. The topics covered in this section are:

Preparing the motherboard

Installing the CPU

Installing the CPU fan

Installing the memory

Installing the motherboard

Connecting cables

Safety Instructions

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shocks, and injury, always follow basic safety precautions.

Remember to remove power off your computer by disconnecting the AC main source before removing or installing any equipment from/to the computer chassis.

Preparing the Motherboard

Installing the CPU

Be very careful when handling the CPU. Hold the processor only by the edges and do not touch the contacts on the motherboard or CPU. Any physical damage to the motherboard pins will void the warranty.

Use the following procedure to install the CPU onto the motherboard:

Unhook the socket lever by pushing down andaway from the socket.

Pull the socket lever back and the load plate will automatically lift. There is a protective socket cover within the CPU socket to protect the socket when there is no CPU installed.

Remove the protective socket cover from the

CPU Socket in a straight up motion.

Note: It is a good idea to save the cover so that whenever you remove the CPU you have a safe place to store it.