User manual ASUS P8Q77-M
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Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [. . . ] Reset button (2-pin RESET) This connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without turning off the system power. ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRBTN) This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF. System Management Interrupt (2-pin SMI) This connector is for the chassis-mounted suspend switch that allows you to manually place the system into a suspend mode, or "green" mode. When in suspend mode, the system activity is instantly decreased to save power and to expand the life of certain system components. Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDLED) This connector is for the HDD Activity LED. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to the HDD.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter tells how to change the system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup. A w a r d B I O S F l a s h U t i l i t y (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable floppy disk. ) ASUS CrashFree BIOS (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted. ) ASUS EZ Flash (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a floppy disk. ) A S U S U p d a t e (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment. )
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a floppy disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AwardBIOS Flash utilities.
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Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment a. The ASUS Update utility allows you to: · · · · · Save the current BIOS file Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard package.
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update: 1. Click the U t i l i t i e s tab, then click A S U S U p d a t e See page 3-3 for e. The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
· · ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet: 1. Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking e. S t a r t > P r o g r a m s > A S U S > A S U S U p d a t e > A S U S U p d a t e The ASUS Update main window appears. Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m t h e I n t e r n e t option from the drop-down menu, then click t. Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic, or click A u t o S e l e c t t. Click N e x t t.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS version that you wish to download. Follow the screen instructions to complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet. Always update the utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file: 1. [. . . ] The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two different passwords: a S u p e r v i s o r P a s s w o r d and a U s e r P a s s w o r d If you d. If you did, the Supervisor Password is required before entering the BIOS Setup and gain full access to the configuration fields. If you forget your password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM. The RAM data containing the password information is powered by the onboard button cell battery. [. . . ]
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