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Mr Steveo

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MSI BIOS Settings Guide
« on: 09-July-02, 08:04:06 »

BIOS SETTINGS FOR MSI MOTHERBOARDS


Table of Contents
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Post 1:: Contents and Introduction

Posts 2-4:: K7T266 Pro2 Series BIOS Settings Guide and FAQ

Posts 5-7:: KT3 Ultra Series BIOS Settings Guide and FAQ

***Moderators: Feel free to add or edit this post to reflect future additions, changes, or settings.  I know some people get upset if their posts are edited.  I just wanted you folks to know I dont mind :) ***

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Introduction:
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PLEASE NOTE: These settings are not the only way to set up your system. The goal of these guides is to get you up running fast and stable. Most people visiting this website will be quite satisfied with these settings. However, if you have additional needs or if you are a serious overclocker you may find these settings lacking. If thats the case, please come into the forum and ask members for additional setting choices

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« Reply #1 on: 09-July-02, 08:05:46 »

MSI K7T266 Pro 2 BIOS SETTINGS GUIDE

-written by: Mr Steveo
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****UPDATE NOTE***** the following settings were writtne months ago and apply to BIOS v3.3 and below. If you use BIOS v3.4 or 3.5 the settings below should be OK, however you will notice some new default settings for AGP read to write delay and AGP write to read delay. It doesnt make sense but leaving those settings at the default in the new BIOS v3.4 and 3.5 will give slightly better 3D Mark results than setting both to zero

If you have any questions, let me know
****end update*****


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Standard CMOS Features:
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Date and Time need to be properly set

Boot Sector Virus Protection - Disabled (very important for RAID drives)

Leave everything else as is

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Advanced BIOS Features:
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Quick Boot - Enabled
Full Screen Logo Show - Disabled
1st Boot Device - Floppy
2nd Boot Device - CD ROM

3rd Boot Device - IDE 0 (Or RAID or SCSI or wherever your OS is installed. If you have drives on BOTH the RAID and hard drives on the main motherboard IDE connectors, set this to IDE 0)

Try Other Boot Devices - Yes

S.M.A.R.T. for Hard Disks - Disabled (Very Important if using RAID this remains "Disabled¨)

Boot Up Num-Lock - On
Floppy Drive Swap - Disabled
Floppy Drive Seek - isabled
Primary Display- VGA/EGA (unless using a PCI video card)
Password Check - Setup
Boot to OS/2 - No

Internal Cache - Enabled (very important to leave as Enabled if using an Athlon XP)

System BIOS Cacheable - Disabled
C000,32k Shadow - Disabled

APIC Function - Enabled (This is what give you 19+ IRQs in device manager. If youre using Windows 9X and have problems consider resetting this to disabled and reinstalling the OS)

MPS - 1.4

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Advanced Chipset Features:
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Configure SDRAM Timing by User
SDRAM Frequency SPD
CAS Latency - 2.5 (later try 2T for performance)
Row Precharge Time - 3T (later try 2T for performance)
RAS Pulse Width - 6T (later try 5T for performance)
RAS To CAS Delay - 3T (later try 2T for performance)
Bank Interleave - 4 Way (if using 2 sticks of RAM)
2 Way (if using 1 stick of RAM)

Burst Length - 4QW (oddly with this motherboard 8QW is slower)
SDRAM 1T Command - Disabled
Fast Command - Disabled (later set to enabled for performance)

AGP Mode - Auto (usually this is the best setting. Only set manually to the proper mode if having probs)

AGP Comp. Driving - Auto
AGP Fast Write - Disabled

AGP Aperture Size - This setting can go as high as 50% of your system RAM I prefer to set mine at: 128MB

AGP Master 1 W/S Write - Disabled (for some odd reason disabled gives better performance on this motherboard only)

AGP Master 1 W/S Read - Disabled (for some odd reason disabled gives better performance on this motherboard only)

Write to Read Delay- Disabled (older video cards may need to set as enabled)

Read to Write Delay - Disabled (older video cards may need set as enabled)

AGP Read Synchronization - Disabled*
Search for MDA resources - No
PCI Delay Transaction - Disabled*
BIOS Protection - Set to Disabled before flashing the BIOS, otherwise you can leave this set to Enabled. This setting has been removed with BIOS version 3.4
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Power Management Setup
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IPCA Function - "Yes" for most everybody (unless you want your OS set up without ACPI then set to No)
ACPI Standby State S1/POS

Call VGA at S3 Resuming - Disabled (with the BIOS upgrade and the jumpers disabled on mobo you may notice this setting set at Enabled and the letters are white and not selectable, If so that's ok)

USB Wakeup From S3 - Disabled

Power Management APM - Enabled* (you definitely want this set to enabled if running a non ACPI system)

Power/Sleep LED - "Single LED" for most home built cases
Suspend Time Out (Minute) Disabled

(Note) The following are for ACPI compliant systems (that's most of you!)
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***UPDATE*** With the below settings listed as "ignore" this is what many system builders prefer - disabling as many BIOS power management features as possible. However I have tested the IRQ (mmonitor/ignore) settings when left at BIOS default and it works just fine. So the below settings listed as "ignore" should be seen as optional
****end update****

Display Activity - Ignore
IRQ 3 - Ignore
IRQ 4 - Ignore
IRQ 5 - Ignore
IRQ 7 - Ignore
IRQ 9 - Ignore
IRQ 10 - Ignore
IRQ 11 - Ignore
IRQ 13 - Ignore
IRQ 14 - Ignore
IRQ 15 - Ignore
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CPU Critical Temperature - Disabled
Power Button Function - On/Off
After AC Power Loss - Power Off
Wake Up on Ring/LAN - Disabled
Wake Up on PME - Disabled
Resume By Alarm - Disabled
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« Reply #2 on: 09-July-02, 08:06:58 »

K7T266 Pro2 Series BIOS Guide Continued

PNP/PCI Configurations
-----------------------------------------------

Plug and Play Aware O/S - No (for Windows 2000 and XP)
-Yes (for Windows 9x/Me)
(For Dual Boot 9x/2000 start with "no" and change to "yes" if you have problems)

Clear NVRAM - No (however any time you add new hardware, change an IRQ, or Flash the BIOS set to "Yes¨ This will clear and reset the memory one time only and then reset itself to No¨)

PCI Latency - 64 (Set to 32 if having problems with PCI cards. Leave at 64 or higher if using a SB Live sound card. Experiment with higher settings for better RAID performance)

Primary Graphics Adapter - "AGP" if you have an AGP card.
PCI if using a PCI video card.
If you have both set to the one you want as Primary

PCI IDE Bus Master - Enabled* (I'm still researching this further. If you have any data corruption copying large files from one IDE channel to a drive on RAID or another IDE channel, temporarily disabled this feature. Then go into your device manager, uninstall the VIA IDE Bus Master device, reboot the computer and let Windows find and reinstall the VIA Bus Master. So far my tests show no data corruption and excellent performance with this setting Enabled)

PCI Slot 1/5 IRQ - Auto (Unless in the rare case you are having video problems with an nVidia based card, then try setting to 11, also set clear NVRAM above to yes, save and reboot. In most cases, fue to this motherboards compliance with PC 2001 standards leaving the setting at Auto should be best)

PCI Slot 2 - Auto (unless having problems with RAID on boot up in which case set this to 10, set Clear NVRAM above to Yes, save and reboot)

PCI Slot 3 - Auto
PCI Slot 4 - Auto

The remaining DMA and IRQ channels should be left at the default.
The only exception being if you are having problems with the leagacy audio compatibility of older SB Live sound cards you can try setting IRQ 5 to "ISA/EISA¨)

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Integrated Peripherals
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FDC Function - Auto
Serial Port 1 - Auto*
Serial Port 2 - Auto*
Serial Port 2 Mode - Normal
Parallel Port - Auto

Port Mode - ECP (unless having problems printing from the parallel port. If so, consult your printers owners manula for the proper setting. Or change to "Normal¨ if that doesn't help then try "Bi Directional¨ if still no luck, finally try EPP.)

EPP Version - default (leave this set however the above setting wants it to be)

IRQ - Auto
DMA Channel - Auto
On Board Midi Port - Disabled
Midi IRQ Select - 5

On Board Game Port - Disabled (if you¡¦re using your own PCI sound card)
- Enabled (If using onboard audio / game port)

Keyboard Power On Function - Disabled
Specific Key for Power On - N/A
Mouse Power On Function - Disabled
On Board IDE - Both

On Board RAID - Disabled (if not using RAID on IDE 3 and 4)
- Enabled if Using RAID on IDE 3 and 4)

AC ¡¥97 Audio - Disabled (if using your own PCI sound card)
- Enabled (if using on board audio)

MC ¡¥97 Modem - Disabled

USB Controller - This will depend on which brackets you set up. Set this setting to represent the USB headers you want to use
USB 1 refers to the two USB jacks below the keyboard connector on the non USB 2.0 motherboards
USB 2 refers to the USB2 pin header on the motherboard
USB 3 refers to the USB3 pin header on the motherboard

USB Legacy Support - Disabled*
Port 64/60 Emulation - Disabled*

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Hardware Monitor Setup
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Spread Spectrum - Disabled

CPU FSB Clock - 133 for processors that support a 266 FSB (all Athlon XPs)
- 100 for Durons and Athlons that only support a 200 FSB
(Be sure to set this properly before doing a BIOS flash. Also any time you change this setting you may want to set Clear NVRAM to "yes")

CPU FSB Clock - H/W
CPU Ratio - Auto
CPU Vcore - Auto

DDR Voltage - Auto (if you experience serious memory instability consider using 2.6 or 2.7)

Chassis Intrusion - Disabled

NOTE: On the Main BIOS screen avoid clicking on IDE HDD AUTO Detection (still researching a few problems some users have ahd with this)


Youre all set for some extreme computing CONGRATS!
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« Reply #3 on: 09-July-02, 08:09:19 »

*******K7T266 Pro2 SERIES FAQ PAGE**********

*** Moderators: Please feel free to add to this FAQ page as you wish  I know some people get upset if their posts are edited.  I just wanted you folks to know I dont mind :)***

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FAQ 1 PCI Slots
=====================

The below apply to BIOS level resources and OS resources in a non APIC configuration

PCI Slot 1 Shares IRQ with AGP and PCI Slot 5 (and USB 2.0 if you have an RU board)
PCI Slot 2 Shares IRQ with onboard RAID if you have an R or RU model board
PCI Slot 3 Does not share with any other device
PCI Slot 4 Shares an IRQ with the regular USB controllers
PCI Slot 5 Shares IRQ with AGP and PCI Slot 1 (and USB 2.0 if you have an RU board)

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« Reply #4 on: 09-July-02, 08:11:56 »

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* MSI KT3 ULTRA SERIES BIOS SETTINGS GUIDE *

- written by: Mr Steveo  
========================================

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Standard CMOS Features
==================
Time Set Correctly Upon first POST and after each BIOS Flash

Date Set Correctly Upon first POST and after each BIOS Flash

Primary IDE Master
Type AUTO
32Bit transfer Mode ON

Primary IDE Slave
Type AUTO
32 Bit Transfer Mode ON

Secondary IDE Master

Type **CDROM ** (If using a HDD or no drive set to AUTO If using a CD/DVD drive set to CDROM)

32 Bit Transfer Mode ON
***THe above recommendation for Secondary Master is different from the other channels to directly work around a bug in the BIOS Please follow the above instructions closely ***

Secondary IDE Slave
Type AUTO
32 Bit Transfer Mode ON

Floppy Drive A Set Appropriately

Floppy Drive B Not Installed (for most people)

Boot Sector Virus Protection Disabled – If you really want to use this feature make sure its at least disabled during partitioning, formatting and loading of the OS

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Advanced BIOS Features
===================

Quick Boot Enabled

Full Screen Logo Show Disabled

Boot Sequence
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1st Boot Device Floppy
2nd Boot Device CDROM/DVD whatever you use
3rd Boot Device IDE 0 (set at IDE0 for non RAID OS, and for RAID OS where a regular IDE hard drive exists also – If all you have for hard drives is a RAID array, set this option to Disabled)
Try Other Boot Devices Yes

S.M.A.R.T. for Hard Disks Disabled

BootUp Num-Lock On

Floppy Drive Swap Disabled

Floppy Drive Seek Disabled

Primary Display VGA/EGA

Password Check Setup

Boot to OS/2 No

Internal Cache WriteBack

System BIOS Cacheable Disabled

C000,32k Shadow Disabled

APIC Function Enabled ("Enabled" functions well on this board under Windows 2000 and XP and with most newer hardware PCI cards and drivers.
If you are using Windows 9x/Me or TV tuner cards or winmodems or extremely old PCI cards/drivers set to "Disabled"
If you change this setting after Windows has been loaded you may need to reinstall the OS)

MPS Table Version 1.4

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Advanced Chipset Features
=======================

DRAM Timing Control
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Current Host Clock Displays current FSB Frequency

Configure SDRAM Timing By SPD (Set to User later if trying more aggressive RAM timings)

SDRAM frequency HCLK for PC2100 HCLK+33 for PC2700 and higher. If you plan on overclcoking the FSB or use extremely aggressive RAM timings this may need to be set at HCLK)

SDRAM CAS# Latency 2.5 (setting to 2 gives faster performance)

Row Precharge Time 3T (setting to 2 gives faster performance)

RAS Pulse Width 6T (setting to 5 gives faster performance – if RAM becomes unstable this is the first timing to lower back to default)

RAS to CAS Delay 3T (setting to 2T gives faster performance)

SDRAM Bank Interleave Disabled (setting to enabled gives Faster Performance – If RAM becomes unstable this is the second setting to return to default)

SDRAM Burst Length 4QW (8QW should theoretically be faster but on many MSI boards is slower…still testing this setting)

SDRAM 1T Command Disabled (only experienced overclockers or people with low densities of RAM should ever set this to Enabled)

Fast Command Fast (start here and if Windows installs stable set to Ultra. If you use aggressive RAM timings you may need to return this to default/Normal)

AGP timing Control
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AGP Mode Auto

AGP Comp. Driving Auto (If you have problems with your graphics card or crashing out of 3D Games, this setting may need adjusted. If you have never used this feature before seek help in the forum)

Manual AGP Comp. driving same as above

AGP Fast Write Disabled (theres no reasonable basis to enable this)

AGP Aperture Size 64 or 128 (higher settings can cause compatibility problems with some software)

AGP Master 1 W/S Write Disabled (Enabled theoretically should be faster but is not on many MSI motherboards)

AGP Master 1 W/S Read Disabled (Enabled theoretically should be faster but is not on many MSI motherboards)

AGP Read Synchronization Disabled

PCI Delay Transaction Disabled

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Power Management Features
========================

IPCA Function Enabled

ACPI Standby State S1/POS

Call VGA at S3 Resuming Disabled

USB Wakeup From S3 Disabled

Power Management/APM Enabled

Power/Sleep LED Single LED

Suspend Time Out (Minute) Disabled

Display Activity Ignore

CPU Critical temperature Disabled

Power Button Function On/Off

After AC Power Loss Power Off

Set WakeUp Events
------------------------------

Wake Up on Ring Disabled
Wake Up on PME Disabled (unless you use this feature. Also set to enabled for WOL)
Resume On KBC Disabled
Wake Up Key Any Key
Wake Up Password N/A
Resume on PS/2 Mouse Disabled
Resume By Alarm Disabled
Alarm Date 15
Alarm Hour 12
Alarm Minute 30
Alarm Second 30

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PnP/PCI Configurations
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Plug and Play Aware O/S No (Especially for Windows 2000 and Windows XP)

Clear NVRAM No (Set One time only to Yes After Installing New Hardware or Moving PCI Cards Around)

PCI Latency Timer 64 (Set Higher for better PCI RAID performance reduce if having sound or LAN problems)

PCI IDE BusMaster Enabled

Primary Graphics Adapter (beginning with BIOS v5.3) AGP for AGP card – PCI for PCI video card)

PCI Slot 1/5 IRQ Auto*
PCI Slot 2 IRQ Auto*
PCI Slot 3 IRQ Auto*
PCI Slot 4 IRQ Auto*

* there is a discerpency with the presence of these settings and the PCI table in the owners manual. Therefore leave on Auto unless a necessity Also, if APIC is enabled its best all these remain at Auto as well)

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« Reply #5 on: 09-July-02, 08:14:01 »

MSI KT3 Ultra Series BIOS Settings Guide Continued

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Integrated Peripherals
===================

FDC Function Auto

Serial Port 1 Auto

Serial Port 2 Auto

Serial Port 2 Mode Normal

IR Pin SelectIRRX/IRTX

Onboard Parallel Port Auto

Parallel Port Mode ECP (For some Printers you may need to set as Bi-Dir or EPP)

EPP version N/A

Parallel Port IRQ Auto

Parallel Port DMA Auto

Onboard Midi Port Disabled

Midi IRQ Select 5

Onboard Game Port Disabled (if using PCI sound card)

Onboard IDE Both (Leave on both even if one channel is unused)

Onboard ATA133 RAID Disabled if not using RAID Enable if want to use it

AC’97 Audio Disabled (if using PCI sound card)

MC’97 Modem Disabled

USB Controller All USB Port

USB Legacy Support Disabled (some people with legacy USB devices may need to enable)

Port 64/60 Emulation Disabled

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PC Health Status
===============

Chassis Intrusion Disabled

CPU Fan Detect Enabled (set to disabled BEFORE shutting down to install any PSU powered CPU fan)

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Frequency/Voltage Control
======================


Spread Spectrum Disabled (return to default setting to troubleshoot EMI problems)

CPU FSB Clock 133 Set to the rated FSB allowed by your CPU (133 for most of you) Only adjust higher for overclocking – check your RAM timings are at SPD and frequency is at HCLK before adjusting above 133

CPU Ratio Auto (only adjust if you are an advanced overclocker

CPU Vcore (V) Auto

DDR Voltage (V) Auto (set to 1.6 if you have RAM instability)

AGP Voltage (V) Auto

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« Reply #6 on: 09-July-02, 08:17:48 »

*******MSI KT3 SERIES FAQ PAGE*******

*** Moderators:  Please feel free to add to this post as you wish.  I know some people get upset if their posts are edited.  I just wanted you folks to know I dont mind :) ***

=========
FAQ 1
=========

Known/Reported BIOS bugs (BIOS v5.3) updated 5/8/02

1. You may encounter problems with your HDD activity LED.
FIX: Follow the BIOS settings guide above.

2. ACPI errors will show in the system area of the event viewer when resuming from Standby under Windows XP This is a BIOS bug, usually MSI fixes this with a BIOS update. As of now no fix is available. htis error message is esetially harmless and should not suggest you have any problem with your system

3. When you place your computer on Standby, your green case power LED may not enter a flashing state. It may just turn off instead. No current fix. This does not cause any damage to the system

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« Reply #7 on: 27-July-02, 04:01:03 »

MSI KT3 ULTRA SERIES BIOS
====================

Just my two cents.....may not be accurate but on my own opinion.

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Standard CMOS Features
==================

IDE CHANNEL -
channels that are occupied by drives (AUTO)
channels that are vacant (NOT INSTALLED)
(Reason: BIOS will not waste time trying to identify vacant IDEs, reduce boot-up time)

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Advanced BIOS Features
===================
Boot Sequence
---------------------
1st Boot Device Floppy (only if u are installing OS from fresh using windows start up disk)

My Settings are:
1st Boot Device HD RAID ARRAY or IDE0 for nonRAID
2nd Boot Device Floppy
3rd Boot Device CDROM or disable
Try Other Boot Devices Yes
(Reason: BIOS will look up the 1st drive with the OS installed and will not search systematically from one drive to another) (Reduce boot up time by few seconds)

=======================
Advanced Chipset Features
=======================

for the benefit of those using the same DDR as mine, the best settings so far i hv achieved on DRAM Timing Control

Kingston 256MB DDR PC2700 (Winbond Chips)

USER
HCLK+33
CAS LAT 2.0
Row Precharge Time 3T
RAS Pulse Width 5T
RAS to CAS Delay 2T
SDRAM Bank Interleave Enabled
SDRAM Burst Length 8QW (recommended by MSI)
SDRAM 1T Command Enabled (Disable will be 2T)
Fast Command Ultra
(All abv settings varies from ram to ram, just for ur guidance only)

AGP timing Control
--------------------------------

AGP Mode Auto

AGP Comp. Driving Manual

Manual AGP Comp. set to EA (recommended by some good websites stating this setting is best for nvidia based graphic card. dun know how true but just follow blindly) (Again, this is subjective - try every combinations and benchmark the results)

AGP Fast Write Enabled (it's up to individual)

AGP Aperture Size 64 or 128  

AGP Master 1 W/S Write Enabled (Disable becomes 2 W/S Write)

AGP Master 1 W/S Read Enabled (Disable becomes 2 W/S Read)

AGP Read Synchronization Enabled (Help. Any reason for disabling???)

PCI Delay Transaction Disabled

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PnP/PCI Configurations
===================

Plug and Play Y/N ? (i still dun understand this function fully. some say if u want OS to assign the IRQs set to YES. If u want to do them manually set NO. Pls enlighten me further as i m using WinXP and W2K.

Thanks.

Cheers.
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K7T266 Pro2 Series BIOS Guide Continued

PNP/PCI Configurations
-----------------------------------------------

Clear NVRAM - No (however any time you add new hardware, change an IRQ, or Flash the BIOS set to "Yes¨ This will clear and reset the memory one time only and then reset itself to No¨)


This may be the solution to many, many problems!!!
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« Reply #9 on: 10-January-03, 03:01:57 »

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Originally posted by iNDEX
Manual AGP Comp. set to EA (recommended by some good websites stating this setting is best for nvidia based graphic card. dun know how true but just follow blindly) (Again, this is subjective - try every combinations and benchmark the results)

how bout with ur system ... did it increase ur card's performance?
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AGP Read Synchronization Enabled (Help. Any reason for disabling???)

what's ur reason for enabling the said option?

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PCI Delay Transaction Disabled

isn't this option better left enabled to support pci cards with 2.1 support? any advantage/s disabling this?
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