ECS A780GM-A Reviewajmatson - April 1, 2008
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To get started, you need to pop in the software CD that is included in the box. Once the Autorun box pops up, click on Run and the setup will begin. Setup for the ECS A780GM-A is very simple. The Auto Setup Wizard launches and all you have to do is click on the Setup button.
The auto setup installation begins when you click Next. Then you can select what to install; the chipset selection installs the SATA, chipset, and raid and audio drivers, while the device selection installs the ATI integrated graphics drivers and software.
After a few seconds, the ATI Catalyst Install manager begins its install process automatically. When prompted, click the install button and you can choose to do an express install with default settings or a custom install to customize the settings and location.
Everything will install on its own. After processing, click the Finish button and a prompt will pop up and tell you that you need to restart to complete the installation. Click Yes and let the computer reboot.
After the computer comes back up you will be presented with the Audio Control Panel to setup your audio. There are four setup tabs. First is the general setting tab with recording and playback options, the second is the equalizer tab, the third is the speaker controls tab to assign outputs, and finally is the Control Panel settings tab.
After the software installation I always update to the latest BIOS version for compatibility with the latest hardware. ECS has this for a download at their site, which also includes a Windows based Flash Utility. Once you download the update, run the setup and a box will pop up for the Utility. Select the Open, choose the BIOS update file, and click Flash. Once completed the computer will restart automatically and you are all set to go.
Now that everything is set up and updated, let's go take a look at the heart of the motherboard; the BIOS.