I'm preparing to build a new system using the above MB. I've been reading\nthe manual to prepare for the power up and bios customizations. I am\ncomfortable working with the bios in my current system. But things have\nchanged A LITTLE from the 1997 Award bios v4.51! ;-) .\nI will leave all defaults in the AMI bios except, potentially, the\nfollowing. Any advice or answers provided by those familiar with this bios\nwill be greatly appreciated.\nOS will be WinXP-Home.\n\nI plan to install one hard drive at this time. An ATA100 HDD on the PRI_RAID\nchannel (Western Digital 120MB IDE) and 3 ATAPI drives on the primary and\nsecondary channels. The OS will be on this PRI_RAID channel. Will the BIOS\nauto detect the drive in the MAIN MENU screen as "Third IDE Master"?\n\nDo I need all of the RAID controllers and drivers engaged and installed for\nthis to work? I suppose this would be a good time to ask if this will even\nwork at all as I envision it!?!\n\nADVANCE MENU\nONBOARD DEVICE CONFIG "Onboard LAN": I don't use a LAN, so I plan to\ndisable this component. OK?\n\nPCI PnP: "Plug and Play OS" default is [No]. I assume this should be set to\n[Yes] for WinXP-Home?\n\n"Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA" default is [Yes]. I'm using an AGP card. Set this\nto [No]?\n\nSPEECH CONFIG: "Speech post reporter" default is [Enabled]. This sounds like\na nice extra feature when setting up the system, but could get annoying\nafter everything is running and the machine is always turned off when not in\nuse. I plan to disable after some burn-in period. Does this feature provide\nany extra benefit that I would be missing?\n\nINSTANT MUSIC CONFIG: "Instant music" default is [Disabled]. What do most do\nwith this one? I've got a CD-RW and I do play music.\n\nAPM CONFIG\nWhat is the difference between "Standby" and "Suspend"?\n\n"Suspend Time Out" default is [Disabled]. Not sure about this setting. I\nassume that the system goes into suspend if there is no activity after xx\nminutes, not in xx minutes regardless. Any advice/warnings on this feature?\n\nSUPPORT CD\nDRIVERS\nI plan to install "Intel Chipset INF Update Program" , and " USB 2.0\nDriver".\nBecause I am not setting up a RAID array at this time, I'm leaving out Intel\nApplication Accelerator Driver" , Promise FastTrak 378 Driver" . Advice?\n\nBecause I only want to run 2.1 speakers on the on-board sound I plan not to\ninstall "AD1985 Audio Driver and Application" , or the "SoundMax 4 XL"\nsoftware. Will this work?\n\nThat's it. Everything else is pretty straight forward. Thanks in advance for\nany help offered.