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    K8NF3-VSTA

    User Manual

    Version 1.0Published January 2007

    Copyright2007 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.

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    Copyright Notice:Copyright Notice:Copyright Notice:Copyright Notice:Copyright Notice:No part of this manual may be reproduced, transcribed, transmitted, or translated inany language, in any form or by any means, except duplication of documentation bythe purchaser for backup purpose, without written consent of ASRock Inc.Products and corporate names appearing in this manual may or may not be regis-tered trademarks or copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only foridentification or explanation and to the owners benefit, without intent to infringe.

    Disclaimer:Disclaimer:Disclaimer:Disclaimer:Disclaimer:Specifications and information contained in this manual are furnished for informa-tional use only and subject to change without notice, and should not be constructedas a commitment by ASRock. ASRock assumes no responsibility for any errors oromissions that may appear in this manual.With respect to the contents of this manual, ASRock does not provide warranty ofany kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warran-ties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.In no event shall ASRock, its directors, officers, employees, or agents be liable forany indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages (including damages forloss of profits, loss of business, loss of data, interruption of business and the like),even if ASRock has been advised of the possibility of such damages arising from anydefect or error in the manual or product.

    This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to thefollowing two conditions:(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that

    may cause undesired operation.

    CALIFORNIA, USA ONLYThe Lithium battery adopted on this motherboard contains Perchlorate, a toxicsubstance controlled in Perchlorate Best Management Practices (BMP) regulationspassed by the California Legislature. When you discard the Lithium battery inCalifornia, USA, please follow the related regulations in advance.Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, seewww.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate

    ASRock Website: http://www.asrock.com

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    ContentsContentsContentsContentsContents1.1.1.1.1. IntroductionIntroductionIntroductionIntroductionIntroduction ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5 5 5 5 5

    1.1 Package Contents ..................................................................... 51.2 Specifications ........................................................................... 61.3 Minimum Hardware Requirement Table for Windows VistaTM

    Premium 2007 and Basic Logo ................................................. 91.4 Motherboard Layout ................................................................. 101.5 ASRock 8CH I/O ........................................................................ 11

    2.2.2.2.2. InstallationInstallationInstallationInstallationInstallation ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 12 12 12 12Pre-installation Precautions ............................................................... 122.1 CPU Installation ......................................................................... 132.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink ....................................... 132.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) .................................... 142.4 Expansion Slots (PCI Slots and AGP Slot) ........................................ 152.5 Jumpers Setup .......................................................................... 162.6 Onboard Headers and Connectors .......................................... 172.7 Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Disks Installation ................................ 212.8 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA HDDs .................. 212.9 Driver Installation Guide ............................................................ 212.10 Installing Windows 2000 / XP / XP 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM

    64-bit Without RAID Functions .................................................. 222.11 Installing Windows 2000 / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID

    Functions. ................................................................................. 222.12 Untied Overclocking Technology .............................................. 24

    3.3.3.3.3. BIOS SBIOS SBIOS SBIOS SBIOS SETUP UTILITYETUP UTILITYETUP UTILITYETUP UTILITYETUP UTILITY ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25 25 25 25 253.1 Introduction ............................................................................... 25

    3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar ............................................................... 253.1.2 Navigation Keys ............................................................. 26

    3.2 Main Screen .............................................................................. 263.3 Advanced Screen .................................................................... 27

    3.3.1 CPU Configuration .......................................................... 283.3.2 Chipset Configuration ..................................................... 303.3.3 ACPI Configuration ......................................................... 323.3.4 IDE Configuration ............................................................ 333.3.5 PCIPnP Configuration ...................................................... 353.3.6 Floppy Configuration ...................................................... 363.3.7 Super IO Configuration ................................................... 363.3.8 USB Configuration .......................................................... 38

    3.4 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ............................. 393.5 Boot Screen .............................................................................. 40

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    3.5.1 Boot Settings Configuration ........................................... 403.6 Security Screen ........................................................................ 413.7 Exit Screen ............................................................................... 42

    4.4.4.4.4. Software SupportSoftware SupportSoftware SupportSoftware SupportSoftware Support ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 43 43 43 43 434.1 Install Operating System ........................................................... 434.2 Support CD Information ............................................................. 43

    4.2.1 Running Support CD ....................................................... 434.2.2 Drivers Menu .................................................................. 434.2.3 Utilities Menu ................................................................... 434.2.4 Contact Information ........................................................ 43

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    1.1.1.1.1. IntroductionIntroductionIntroductionIntroductionIntroductionThank you for purchasing ASRock K8NF3-VSTA motherboard, a reliablemotherboard produced under ASRocks consistently stringent quality control. It de-livers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRocks commit-ment to quality and endurance.In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step-by-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configurationguide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.

    Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might beupdated, the content of this manual will be subject to change withoutnotice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updatedversion will be available on ASRock website without further notice. Youmay find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock websiteas well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com

    1.11.11.11.11.1 Package ContentsPackage ContentsPackage ContentsPackage ContentsPackage Contents1 x ASRock K8NF3-VSTA Motherboard

    (ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 7.5-in, 30.5 cm x 19.1 cm)1 x ASRock K8NF3-VSTA Quick Installation Guide1 x ASRock K8NF3-VSTA Support CD1 x Ultra ATA 66/100/133 IDE Ribbon Cable (80-conductor)1 x 3.5-in Floppy Drive Ribbon Cable1 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cable (Optional)1 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cable (Optional)1 x ASRock 8CH I/O Shield

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    1.21.21.21.21.2 SpecificationsSpecificationsSpecificationsSpecificationsSpecifications

    Platform - ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 7.5-in, 30.5 cm x 19.1 cm CPU - Socket 754 for AMD AthlonTM 64 and Sempron processors

    - Supports AMDs Cool n QuietTM Technology- FSB 800 MHz- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 1)- Supports Hyper-Transport Technology

    Chipset - NVIDIA nForce3 250 Memory - 2 x DDR DIMM slots

    - Support