ignatzatsonic: I'm going to take a look around in the BIOS before OS installation but not change anything just yet.
But there is a SATA Mode Notice (from the manual) I don't quite understand:
"For Windows 7, you can install the AMD SATA AHCI DRIVER
from the mobo support DVD after installation for better compatibility." "If your existing Win OS is installed to a SATA drive that was set to IDE mode during OS installation, you may encounter system boot failure after connecting the hard drive to the new mobo w/the SATA port set to AHCI mode by default. Follow the instructions below to prevent system boot failure: Error message occurs after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive
Since this is a new mobo & new, clean SATA drive, do I really need to do anything?
Britton30: I didn't install any motherboard speaker, I've never had to w/past mobos; do I need to w/this one? I've attached more pics of the wires coming from front of case. I've tried pluging in the 1 black 7-pin connector, then the individual connectors; no beeps either way. Am I out of luck? BTW, I was told the case's front audio is AC'97 & the mobo manual states the mobo can use either HD / AC'97.