User manual ASUS P8Q77-M2
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Detailed instructions for use are in the User's Guide.
[. . . ] Motherboard
E7976 Second Edition December 2012
Copyright © 2012 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form or by any means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for backup purposes, without the express written permission of ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing. ASUS PROVIDES THIS MANUAL “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. [. . . ] Replace the DIMMs with ones recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) in this user manual or on the ASUS website at www. asus. com. If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process, the system continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop memory tuning, turn off the computer and unplug the power cord for about 5–10 seconds. If your system fail to boot due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK!A message will appear during POST reminding you that the BIOS has been restored to its default settings. We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version from the ASUS website at www. asus. com after using the MemOK!function.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED.
Standby Power LED
ON Standby Power
OFF Powered Off
P8Q77-M2 Onboard LED
DRAM LED checks the DRAM in sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found , the LED next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem is solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitional way to locate the root problem within a second.
P8Q77-M2 DRAM LED
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP / Vista / Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 Operating Systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the features of your hardware.
• • Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions / Windows® Vista Service Pack 1 or later versions before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
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The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the Support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website at www. asus. com for updates.
Support DVD information
To run the Support DVD
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your computer, the DVD automatically displays the Specials screen which contains the unique features of ASUS motherboard. Click Drivers, Utilities, Make Disk, Manual, and Contact tabs to display their respective menus.
The following screen is for reference only.
Click an icon to display Support DVD/motherboard information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the Support DVD to locate the file ASSETUP. EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP. EXE to run the DVD.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
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Intel® SBA (Small Business Advantage) is a combination of hardware and software that provides unique security and productivity capabilities designed for small businesses.
Intel® SBA requires MEI driver (AMT host software kit) installed.
Intel® SBA support
• • Windows® 7 (32/64bit) Panther Point PCH with Core™ Ivy Bridge CPU or Sandy Bridge CPU (Chief River/ Maho Bay platforms) with 5MB vPro ME 8. 0 firmware load CPU and chipset requirements: * * * * * • • Intel® Core™ i3 with B75 Express Chipset Intel® Core™ i5 with B75 Express Chipset Intel® Core™ i7 with B75 Express Chipset Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ with one of these chipsets: B75, Q77 Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ with one of these chipsets: B75, Q77
The Intel® Management Engine software kit must be installed (The Local Manageability Service and the Intel® Management Engine Interface must be installed and running. ) Local Administrator rights on the target machine
• • Intel® SBA does not support the 800 x 600 screen resolution. Visit the ASUS website at www. asus. com for the latest CPU QVL (Qualified Vendors List).
Chapter 1: Product introduction
2. 1 Managing and updating your BIOS
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update utility.
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The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment.
• • ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP). This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
ASUS Update utility
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update: 1. 2. 3. Place the support DVD in the optical drive. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS
To update the BIOS: 1. 2. From the Windows® desktop, click Start > Programs > ASUS > AI Suite II > AI Suite II X. XX. XX to launch the AI Suite II utility. Click Update button from the Quick Bar, and then click ASUS Update from the popup menu. [. . . ] If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: • • • • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B speciﬁcations. [. . . ]
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