VP1541 - FAQ's


Q: I have a blown BIOS, where should I go to get a replacement?

BIOS

A: Please contact ACE Computers at (877) 223-2667 for a replacement BIOS chip.


Q: When is the next available BIOS update?

BIOS

A: We will never know the next available BIOS update be. The latest BIOS update is always on our website.


Q: I accidentically programmed the BIOS with wrong or bad file, now my system won't boot.

BIOS

A: Please contact ACE Computers at (877) 223-2667 for a replacement BIOS chip.


Q: Does ALi have an AGP driver that would support Win NT operating systems?

Driver

A: ALi does not have an AGP driver for WinNT since Win NT (Service Pack 3 or later) does NOT support AGP functions, but only runs as a PCI card in Win NT.


Q: My system clock seems to be slow or stopped working. Is it a problem with my motherboard?

General

A: Yes. But the fix is very easy. Go to any electronic store like Radio Shack and find CR2032 battery. Please follow the instructions carefully:

1) Power down the system if it is not already off.
2) Unplug the system from wall outlet.
3) Remove the system cover.
4) Disconnect the power connector from the motherboard.
5) Carefully remove the CMOS battery (CR2032) from the motherboard and discard it.
6) Install new CR2032 that you bought into the battery holder.
7) Reconnect the power connector.
8) Close the cover, and plug the system.
9) Power up and enter the BIOS settings as you need to re-set the time and date as well as any other configurations there may be lost during the process.


Q: What is the beep codes for Award BIOS?

General

A: Only two beep codes:

1) 2 beeps followed by 3 quick beeps is video memory failure.
2) 1 repeatitive long beep is system memory failure.


Q: I installed Windows Me Beta and encountered the problem that my PS/2 Logitech Trackman Marble not being recognized properly.

I/O Port

A: This problem is outside of the motherboard scope, and the Windows Me Beta may not yet support it.


Q: What is the purpose of installing the USB Host Controller Supplement V?

I/O Port

A: This program is used to solve the incorrect identification of ALi USB Host Controller under Windows 95 And Windows 95 OSR2. The default icon in Device manager is [Unknown Device->USB Controller]. After running this program, it becomes [USB Controller->ALI M5237 USB Host Controller]. This program will not conflict with MS’s usbsupp.exe, which is used to upgraded Windows from OSR2.1 to OSR2.1.


Q: I need an IR port for this board. Is this available directly through BCM?

I/O Port

A: No. We are a board manufacturer, not a distributor. We do not manufacture or recommend any IR ports, but we provide the IR pin out information in this FAQ.


Q: I have a Sony Spressa USB Burner, it locks up my system every time I try to use it. What is the solution?

I/O Port

A: Please visit www.ali.com.tw for the latest drivers and make sure your BIOS is up to date.


Q: I set up the board according to the manual for AMD K6-2/450. But, I get 522MHz and locks at "Verifying DMI…" Is the jumper setting correct?

Jumper

A: No. The manual on page 21 is incorrect. Please use the jumper setting on the web "JUMPERS" button and you should get it configure properly.


Q: The motherboard detects my K6-2+ 500MHz correctly, but it says it's only running at 350MHz. No matter what jumper setting I use, it always says 350MHz. Does the VP1541 support K6-2+ processors?

Microprocessor

A: The AMD K6-2+ processors are Mobile Processors designed to use in the laptops. Our products are not designed to support any Mobile Processors; therefore, does not support AMD K6-2+ CPUs.


Q: I purchased new AMD K6-III/450 and I only get 350MHz, what should I do to get 450MHz?

Microprocessor

A: Two possibilities:

1) BIOS is not up to date: Must be 1.04 or later. The BIOS upgrade can be found in this website.
2) Your CPU multiplier is set incorrectly, set it to 4.5x instead of 3.5x. Refer to Jumper section for this board to get a correct jumper setting.


Q: What is the highest CPU speed and type that this board can take?

Microprocessor

A: AMD K6-2 and K6-III up to 550MHz. Make sure your system BIOS is of the latest.


Q: Does this VP1541 supports AMD K6-2/500MHz and AMD K6-2/550MHz?

Microprocessor

A: Yes on both.


Q: My computer constantly locks up or give me the fatal error screen (blue screen). What is the problem?

Operating System

A: Several possibilities:

1) Memory: Try swapping with different manufacturer (make sure it is a PC-100 or PC-133).
2) If you are running Norton Anti-Virus program, try un-installing it. if it improves the original issue, please contact Norton for further assistance.
3) Make sure your CPU's voltage setting is correct, check the imprints on your CPU and match it to the board voltage settings. Not just voltage, but bus clock speed and multiplier as well.
4) Your CPU may not be dissipated enough by the heatsink, try to add thermal paste in-between the top of CPU and heatsink and make sure the heatsink seats properly, leveled, and firm.
5) Make sure you have the latest BIOS version from our website.


Q: I experienced a "Windows Protection Error" after installing a software on my Windows 95. My CPU is AMD K6-2 350MHz. What can I do to fix this? 

Operating System

A: If you are using an AMD K6-2 350MHz and above CPU on Windows 95 (OSR2, OSR2.1, or OSR2.5) Operating System, you can fix this problem by downloading a patch file from AMD. Here is URL address: www.amd.com/products/cpg/k623d/win95_update_k6.html


Q: How do you tell the VP1541 and VP1543 apart if you lost the box and manual?

Specification

A: You can idnetify the difference by two ways: 1) Check the ALI M1543C South Bridge chipset version: B0C is for VP1541 and B1D is for VP1543; 2) Board revision B01 or later is for VP1543 and all AXX revision labels is for VP1541.


Q: My Ultra DMA-66 has changed to Ultra DMA-33 after I installed your latest drivers. How can I get it back?

Storage Device

A: You probably don't need the IDE busmaster driver; try uninstalling it and check if Windows will support Ultra DMA-66 with its own native driver.


Q: Should this board supprt Ultra DMA 66?

Storage Device

A: No. Only up to Ultra DMA 33.


Q: The UDMA33 does not seem to work on the Aladdin V chipset. Is there any driver that would allow this to work?

Storage Device

A: Yes, you can download the latest version of our IDE Driver from our website.


Q: Which Aladdin chipset supports UDMA66?

Storage Device

A: With new generation south bridge chips, like M1543C-B1, M1535 and M1535D support UDMA66. Note: The formal name for UDMA66 or ATA66 is "UDMA mode 4.


Q: Do I still need to install an ALi IDE driver under Windows2000?

Storage Device

A: ALi recommend the use of Windows2000's default IDE driver if the south bridge you are using is one of the following: M1533, M1543, M1543C A1/B1, M1535 or M1535D.


Q: Why am I unable to use my CD writer or Tape drive after installing the ALi Busmaster driver?

Storage Device

A: You can try to download our newest IDE Driver. If it doesn't solve your problem, try dis-ableing DMA mode within device manager under your disk drive properties. If it does not fix your problem, please mail us your CD writer or Tape’s model name. Also the OS version and software you used with your device. We will do our best to give a solution to your problem.


Q: I already installed the necessary ALi AGP driver but still experience problems using AGP card with my Aladdin V chipset based motherboard. Any suggestion?

Video

A: Check your DirectX version, you need to install DirectX 5.0 or later (recent version is recommended). Upgrade recent AGP driver, VGA driver, VGA BIOS and motherboard BIOS. (For more information about BIOS upgrade, please contact the motherboard manufacturer). We recommend users to install their system from scratch to avoid device conflict.


Q: Is there anyway of overclocking the video on this motherboard?

Video

A: No.


Q: Microsoft provides a Service Pack 3 that adds support to Win NT operating systems. Does this mean that there is possibility that WinNT does support AGP cards?

Video

A: Service Pack 3 (or later) just support AGP card, but NOT AGP functions. It means that you can use AGP card with NO AGP functions in Win NT.


Q: Is there any stability issues with TNT2/Savage 4 chipset?

Video

A: Yes. Until you update the drivers: AGP driver Version 1.65 and IDE driver Version 3.55.


Q: Is it true that Aladdin V chipset based motherboards do not provide enough current/voltage to AGP bus, thus it cannot support “High End” AGP cards like Savage 4, TNT2 or Voodoo 3?

Video

A:  It is not true that Aladdin V chipset based motherboards do not provide enough current/voltage to AGP bus. Aladdin V works robustly with Savage 4 and Voodoo3, although it has slight compatibility issues with TNT2 cards (please try upgrading recent AGP driver and nVIDIA driver).


Q: I have disabled my power management in both my BIOS and in Windows but my monitor still goes into Standby mode after being idle for 15 minutes. Any ideas?

Video

A: Go to video settings, disable the screensaver function to put your monitor to standby mode and go into Settings >> Advanced button >> Monitor tab >> uncheck 'Monitor is Energy Star Compliant'.


Q: I can't get my board with AMD K6-2 500MHz and ATI Rage Pro IIC AGP card to boot past the second screen. Help?

Video

A: Known incompatibility issue. Exchange this ATI Rage Pro IIC AGP card with other AGP card is best solution.


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