Now lets get started..
Enter the BIOS
Standard CMOS Features
All you should need to do here is set the date and time, verify your drives are all there and if you have a floppy the correct type is shown, 1.44M, 3.5 has been the standard floppy for many years. Take a look and make sure the total memory shown agrees with what you have installed.
Advanced BIOS Features
Hard Disk Boot Priority [Press Enter]
First Boot Device__________ [CDROM] <-- use whatever device you have memtest created on.
Second Boot Device_________ [Hard Disk]
Third Boot Device__________ [Floppy] <-- if installed or CD if first is floppy, its not critical.
Password Check_____________ [Setup]
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability__ [Disabled]
You can turn this on if you want I am not sure if OCing is affected or not. I would wait till we are all happy then turn it on later.
CPU Hyper-Threading________ [Disabled]
C2D's do not Hyper-Thread, two cores are really there.
CPU Multi-Threading________ [Enabled]
Not to be confused with the above, some BIOS's offer one or the other. Hyper-Threading is for older P4 CPU's, and can be disabled unless you are using one.
Multi-Threading should be enabled if you have this option and a Core 2 DUO / QUAD Based CPU in order to enable all cores.
Limit CPUID Max. to 3______ [Disabled]
For using new CPU's with old Operating Systems, not needed.
No-Execute Memory Protect__ [Disabled]
Security Feature -Prevents the execution of code in data-only memory, do not need just now . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NX_bit
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)____ [Disabled]
Disable for for now - Thermal management
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2)_ [Enabled]
Per my understanding of data sheets this will only affect the CPU when it is way too hot. If it affects overclocking it is because the CPU cooling is inadequate so it is set to Enable for safety. If you have proper cooling it should have no effect on overclocking unless you are at extreme temps and we do not want to go there and MB temp alarm should go off first anyway Enable for now - Thermal management
CPU EIST Function__________ [Disabled]
There is some discussion that EIST does not affect overclocking as the processor will run full speed when needed and slow down when idle reducing temps and in general being a well behaved nice thing. It does take some system memory. For now we will disable it until we have the machine characterized because the FSB jumping around will drive us nuts. It can be turned on later once we know what the machine will do and if we take notes as recommended you will immediately be able to see the results of enabling this, for now, disabled.
Virtualization Technology__ [Disabled]
If you need this, you know it.http://www.intel.com/technology/virtualization/
Full Screen LOGO Show______ [Disabled]
Logo thing is a personal preference If you like it, leave it enabled, I like to see whats going on.
Init Display First_________ [PEG]
Enable PCI-e Video card first.
SATA AHCI Mode__________ [AHCI] <-- see the link below, if you use AHCI make absolutely certain you drive is set up (jumpers, manuf config utility, etc.)
for 3.0Gb/s operation http://www.intel.com/support/chipset.../cs-015988.htm
SATA Port0-3 Native Mode [Enabled] <-- if XP SP2 or newer otherwise [Disabled]
USB Controller__________ [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller______ [Enabled]
USB Keyboard Support____ [As your hardware requires]
USB Mouse Support_______ [As your hardware requires]
Legacy USB storage detect[As your hardware requires]
Unless you have a USB hard drive attached disable USB storage (will not affect thumb drives).
Azalia Codec____________ [Auto] <--- Disable if you have a sound card.
Onboard H/W LAN_________ [Enabled]
SMART LAN_______________ [Press Enter]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM____ [Disabled]
Onboard SATA/IDE Device_ [Enabled]
Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode [IDE]
IDE/RAID if running a raid on the jmicron controllers.
Onboard Serial Port 1___ [Disabled unless you have a need for it]
Onboard Parallel Port___ [Disabled unless you have a need for it]
Parallel Port Mode______ [SPP]
Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type [S1(POS)]
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN [Delay 4 Sec.]
Highly recommended, you MUST hold the power button in for 4 sec to turn off the machine, this allows time for disk drive buffers to flush. Short push should put computer into sleep mode or shutdown if Windows set up to allow it.
PME Event Wake Up_________ [Disabled]
Power On by Ring__________ [Disabled]
Resume by Alarm___________ [Disabled]
x Date (of Month) Alarm Everyday
x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm 0 : 0 : 0
HPET Support (Note)_______ [Enabled]
Supported on Vista operating system only. But no problems with it being enabledhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Precision_Event_Timerhttp://www.intel.com/hardwaredesign/hpetspec_1.pdf
HPET Mode_________________ [32-bit mode] <-- 64-bit mode on 64 bit OS's
Power On By Mouse_________ [Double Click] <-- this is nice check it out (may not work with wireless or USB mice)
Power On By Keyboard______ [Disabled] <-- if you have a fancy Kb do it.
KB Power ON Password______ [Enter]
AC Back Function__________ [Soft-Off]
PCI1 IRQ Assignment [Auto]
PCI2 IRQ Assignment [Auto]
PCI3 IRQ Assignment [Auto]
PC Health Status
Reset Case Open Status [Disabled]
Case Opened No
DDR 1.8V OK
Current System Temperature 40oC <-- thermistor located near the end of the 16x PCI-3 slot.
Current CPU Temperature 47C <-- thermistor located in or near the cpu socket.
Current CPU FAN Speed 3375 RPM <-- Wont be the same but it's an indication it's alive.
Current SYSTEM FAN Speed 0 RPM
Current POWER FAN Speed 0 RPM
CPU Warning Temperature___ [80oC / 176oF] <--Never set above 80 (I use 70 on my Q6600)
CPU FAN Fail Warning______ [Enabled] <--stock HS-fan or 3/4 wire HS-fan, otherwise disable if CPU
fan has no rpm monitor lead (2 pin fan)
SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning___ [Enabled] <--Disable if no rpm monitor on fan
POWER FAN Fail Warning____ [Disabled] <---Use it if ya got it.
Smart FAN Control Method__ [Disable] <--Forces CPU fan to always run full speed.
Smart FAN Control Mode____ [Auto]
Once Method is disabled it does not matter what Mode is set to, fan should run 100% all the time. Later once you determine how the temps are running with your over clock you can come back and enable this and EIST as well to keep the fan noise under control.
MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)
Robust Graphics Booster___________ [Auto]
CPU Clock Ratio (Note)____________ [XX] <<<----CPU Multiplier
This should be set to your processors highest multiplier, for now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...icroprocessors
The option will display "Locked" and read only if the CPU ratio is not changeable.
CPU Host Clock Control_ [Enabled]
CPU Host Frequency (MHz)__________  <<<----FSB Speed (Front Side Buss)
PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)_______ 
C.I.A. 2__________________________ [Disabled]
System Memory Multiplier (SPD)____ [2.00] - This is a 1:1 divider, memory speed will be 2x FSB.
Memory Frequency (Mhz) 533 - Your actual memory operating speed is always show above.
DRAM Timing Selectable_______ SPD __ [Manual]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Presence_Detect
My RAM timings are 4-5-3-12, you should know what your ram is, if not, FIND OUT
CAS Latency Time_____________ 5 ____  <--use your rams values, (CL)
Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay______ 5 ____  <--use your rams values (tRCD)
Dram RAS# Precharge Delay_____5 ____  <--use your rams values (tRP)
Precharge Delay (tRAS)________15 ____ <--use your rams values (tRAS)
ACT to ACT Delay (tRRD)_______4 _____[auto]
Rank Write to READ Delay______3 _____[auto]
Write to Precharge Delay______6 _____[auto]
Refresh to ACT Delay________42 ______
Read to Precharge Delay_______4 _____[auto]
Memory Performance Enhance__________ [Normal]
This setting tells the BIOS to look at your memory for the existence of an EPP (Enhanced Performance Profile) stored in your memories SPD chip.
I have confirmed this works, if the memory has EPPs, and improves performance. Leave set to Normal for now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Presence_Detecthttp://www.corsairmicro.com/corsair/...cation_v01.pdf
High Speed DRAM DLL Settings________ [Option 1] But if you have had to set it to [Option 2] ok.
******** System Voltage NOT Optimized ******** <<---IGNORE This.
System Voltage Control____ [Manual]
DDR2 OverVoltage Control__ [+0.300V] <-- default is 1.8V, 1.8 + 0.3V = 2.1V set this to add up to your ram's voltage requirement.
PCI-E OverVoltage Control_ [+0.1V] <--- a little extra for stability
FSB OverVoltage Control___ [+0.1V] <--- a little extra for stability
(G)MCH OverVoltage Control [+0.1V] <--- a little extra for stability
CPU Voltage Control_______ [Per chart below] <--- very mild overvoltage so we can start playing soon SEE WARNING BELOW !
DANGER - Intel spec for Vcore absolute maximum is 1.55V. The BIOS will let you set a ridiculous high voltage, be careful. !!
Normal CPU Vcore 1.3250V
CPU Voltage chart. (minor overvoltage for stability)
After making these changes press to return to the main menu and STOP!
PRESS THE F11 KEY
Type in "Baseline" (without the quote marks)
Save Changes and Exit CMOS.