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Wear a wrist ground strap and attach it to a metal part of the system unit before handling a component. With its built in sound and reasonable price, this board would actually do fine as the basis for a plain vanilla PC, running an old Celeron or something. To print the manual completely, please, download it. Want a top-class Socket motherboard? It’s a very intuitive way to see how far the POST got – there are eight lights, and the first seven illuminate from right to left to indicate CPU, memory, video, PCI, audio, hard drive and keyboard status. And very high FSBs – at the moment, MHz still qualifies as “very high” – make large demands on the motherboard design. Page 92 For an IDE hard disk, we recommend that you use the “Auto” to enter the drive specifications automatically

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Speaking of throwing stuff in – how does a copy of Norton Antivirus 5 and Antivirus sound?

This is a neat feature for anyone that wants to install more than the usual four drives two drives can be connected to each motherboard IDE socketbut buggy drivers and occasional difficulties in booting from anything but the slower Via hard xx34 controller made the dual-controller boards a tad annoying.

This seems simple enough, but changing the FSB also changes the speeds at which other buses in the computer run. Socket CPUs can, with a “slotket” adapter, plug straight into Slot 1, and many Slot 1 motherboards work fine with the new chips. For better signal quality, it is recommended to set the far end side device to master mode and follow the suggested sequence to install your new device.

Genuine AOPEN AX34 Pro II Socket 370 Motherboard Tested Working

Any attempts to push beyond product specification are not recommended and you are taking your own risk to damage your system or important data. AOpen are rather more forward about the overclocking potential of their products than most other manufacturers.


This is a good price, for a motherboard with these specs. The only issue is a mechanical one – at by millimetres, this is an unusually large motherboard. It clearly doesn’t add much to the price of the board. I don’t know what happened when manufacturers began building the Apollo and Apollo Pro chipset boards, but three memory slots became the standard.

For hardware enthusiasts, though, a black board with all the latest twiddly bits makes an excellent core for the latest revision of their screaming top-spec game machine. The Pro II accommodates them with three speed-sensing three-pin fan headers, one of them near the AGP slot for after-market video card coolers.

Inside that sea of black is a neat polished aluminum heatsink on the chipset – pretty nice touch AOpen. Well, you have if it works, anyway. Also in the box are the ATA 80 pin ribbon cable, a normal 40 pin ribbon cable, an extra set of USB ports more laterand the floppy ribbon cable.

The last light turns on when the POST is successful. Give Dan some money! They don’t tell us whose military specification these circuit boards are alleged to meet.


The FSB steps are, however, quite small enough that you should be able to wind up a MHz FSB CPU about as far as it’ll go – which may be considerably further than it could manage on an older motherboard. You can follow the guide to make sure you make your connections properly and be up and running in just minutes. Don’t show me this message again. First up, it’s got lots of CPU speed adjustment potential, which I’ll deal with in detail in the “Overclocking” section below.


AOpen say they’ve paid special attention to the high-speed-operation problem, and the board’s performance bears this out.

AOpen AX34 Pro II Online Manual

But with three-wire fans, the headers let system monitoring software keep tabs on the fan speed, which is a handy feature. Page The CPU voltage setting just designed for overclocker.

If you are not, we recommend you do not change the default setting value. AOpen also refer to this board in their press bumf as “Black Beauty”. Page 71 Please follow recommended procedure to install Windows 95 Windows Want a top-class Socket motherboard?

AX34 Pro II AOPEN Motherboard Mainboard Driver Manual BIOS

The southbridge chip on a motherboard, essentially, takes care of every function that the northbridge doesn’t – the IDE bus, USB, Plug and Play, the PCI to ISA bus bridge connection if there is onekeyboard and mouse control, power management and so on.

That doesn’t mean the board’s not happy running CPUs at stock speed – but if that’s all you want to do, you might as well buy a cheaper motherboard. Electrostatic discharge ESD can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards, and other components. Mere mortals don’t need anything like that much, of course. Battery-less and Long Prk Design That got me wondering if their top of the line Apollo Pro board could be just as impressive.

Do not remove a component from its protective packaging aoppen you proo ready to install it.