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All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be reproduced, transmitted or transcribed without the expressed written permission of the manufacturer and authors of this manual. If you do not properly set the motherboard settings causing the motherboard to malfunction or fail, we cannot guarantee any responsibility. The motherboard is designed for a new generation CPUs.
The motherboard provides high performance for server systems and meets the requirements for desktop system for multimedia in the future. Note: All brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This BH6 motherboard not only provides all standard equipment for classic personal computers, but also provides great flexibility for meeting future upgrade demands.
This chapter will introduce step by step all the standard equipment and will also present, as completely as possible, future upgrade capabilities. For details, see specifications in Chapter 1. Before installing the motherboard please be sure to turn off or disconnect the power supply unit.
Before making any modifications to the hardware configuration of the motherboard, the power supply to any areas of the motherboard you plan to modify should be turned off to avoid unnecessary damage to the hardware.
Our objective is to enable the novice computer user to perform the installation by themselves. We have attempted to write this document in a very clear, concise and descriptive manner to help overcome any obstacles you may face during installation. Please read our instructions carefully and follow them step-by-step. Most computer chassis will have a base on which there will be many mounting holes that allows the motherboard to be securely attached and at the same time, prevents short circuits.
Please refer the figure below show the studs and spacers, they may have several types, but all look like the figure below:. In principle, the best way to attach the motherboard is with studs, and only if you are unable to do this should you attach the board with spacers. Take a careful look at the motherboard and you will see many mounting holes on it. Line these holes up with the mounting holes on the base.
If the holes line up, and there are screw holes this means you can attach the motherboard with studs. If the holes line up and there are only slots, this means you can only attach the motherboard with spacers.
Take the tip of the spacers and insert it into the slots. After doing this to all the slots, you can slide the motherboard into position aligned with the slots. After the motherboard has been positioned, check to make sure everything is OK before putting the casing back on. The figure below will show you the way to fix the motherboard using with the stub and spacer:.
Just cut the button portion of spacers the spacer may be a little and hard to cut off, so be careful of your hands. In this way you can still attach the motherboard to the base without worrying about short circuits. Sometimes you may need to use the plastics spring for isolate the screw from motherboard PCB surface, because the circuit wire may be near by the hole. Inside the case of any computer several cables and plugs have to be connected.
These cables and plugs are usually connected one-by-one to connectors located on the motherboard. You need to carefully pay attention to any connection orientation the cables may have and, if any, notice the position of the first pin of the connector.
In the explanations that follow, we will describe the significance of the first pin. There is a specific orientation for pin 1 through pin 5. Check to make sure the correct pins of connector on the motherboard.
Press and hold the reset button for at least one second to reset the system. Up to four IDE interface devices are supported. You can set jumper switches on the motherboard to configure various hardware options. See Figure for jumper locations. Throughout this section, the following symbols are used to indicate jumper settings. Note: To avoid losing jumper caps, attach the removed jumper cap to one of the jumper pins. When you install the motherboard, make sure this jumper is set for Normal Operation See the jumper below.
The installation method for the CPU is printed on the package of the retention mechanism that comes with the motherboard. You can refer to it while you install the CPU. Failing to install these items may result in overheating and damage of your CPU. The motherboard provides three pin DIMM sites for memory expansion.. In order to create a memory array, certain rules must be followed.
The following set of rules allows for optimum configurations. Without parity or with parity. This program will not be lost when you turn the computer off. This program is also referred to as the boot program.
It is the only channel for the hardware circuit to communicate with the operating system. The computer will operate normally, or will operate at its best, only if all these parameters are correctly configured through the BIOS. The parameters inside the BIOS are used to setup the hardware synchronization or the device operating mode. If the parameters are not correct, they will produce errors, the computer will crash, and sometimes you will even not be able to boot the computer after it has crashed.
We recommend that you do not change the parameters inside the BIOS unless you are familiar with them. When you start the computer, it is controlled by the BIOS program. The BIOS first operates an auto-diagnostic for all the necessary hardware, configures the parameters of the hardware synchronization, and detects all the hardware.
Only when these tasks are completed does it give up control of the computer to the program of the next level, which is the operating system.
Since the BIOS is the only channel for hardware and software to communicate, it will be the key factor for system stability, and to ensure that your system performs at its best. After the BIOS has achieved the auto-diagnostic and auto-detection operations, it will display the following message:.
At that moment, the BIOS will display the following message:. We will explain these options step by step in the following pages of this chapter, but let us first see a short description of the function keys you may use here:. What is the CMOS? Is it important? This memory is passive. You can read its data, and you can also store data in it. But this memory has to be powered by a battery, in order to avoid any loss of its data when the computer is turned off. Since you may have to change the CMOS battery when it is out of power and if doing so, you will loose all CMOS data, therefore, we recommend that you write down all the parameters of your hardware, or to.
II , that replaces traditional manual hardware configuration. This feature allows the user to complete more easily the installation procedures.
You can install the CPU without configuring any jumpers or switches. The CPU must be setup according its specifications. However, differences will exist because of the various brands and types available.
In this situation, there is no way to choose the higher multiplier factor. Sixteen setting are available, Default, and 1 to This item can let you adjust the processor L2 cache speed, the larger the value, the faster the L2 cache will run. You have to be aware that if you set the L2 cache speed too fast, it will cause the L2 cache to fail. If the L2 cache fails it will cease to run until you reset the value, but the processor and L1 cache will still function, just not as well.
To make sure your L2 cache functions properly please choose an appropriate setting. The default setting is Default. This option is for setup of future CPUs whose specifications are still unknown. The specifications of all present CPUs are included in the default settings. Unless you are very familiar with all CPU parameters, it is very easy to make mistakes when you define by yourself the external clock and the multiplier factor.
Normally, if the CPU clock setup is wrong, you will not be able to boot. In this case, turn the system off than on again. The CPU will automatically use its standard parameters to boot. The motherboard have been designed in such a way that you can turn the system on after having inserted the CPU in the socket without having to configure any jumpers or DIP switches.
However, if the CPU brand and type is the same, and if the new CPU is slower than the old one , we offer you two methods to successfully complete the CPU change operation. Method 1: Setup up the CPU for the lowest speed for its brand. Turn the power supply off and change the CPU. We recommend using this CPU default setting and not changing it unless current CPU type and voltage setting can not be detected or not correct. Warning: The wrong settings of the multiplier and external clock in certain circumstances may cause CPU damage.
Setting the working frequency higher than the PCI chipset or processor specs, may cause abnormal memory module functioning; system hangs; hard disk drive data lose; VGA card abnormal functioning, or abnormal functioning in other add-on cards.
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