Motherboard Specification: MSI MS-7548 (Aspen)

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Figure 1: The MSI MS-7548 (Aspen) motherboard

Motherboard description

Manufacturer's motherboard name: MSI MS-7548

HP/Compaq name: Aspen-GL8E

Form Factor

Micro-ATX: 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)


AMD 780G

Front-side bus speed

Up to 5200MT/s (5.2 GT/s) when using compatible AM2+ or AM3 processor

Processor upgrade information

Socket type: AM2+
TDP: 125 watt

Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

    • Athlon X2 BE-2xxx (Brisbane) (AM2)
    • Athlon 64 X2 up to 6000+ with Dual Core (Brisbane) technology (AM2)
    • Athlon 64 X2 up to 6000+ with Dual Core (Winsor) technology (AM2)
    • AMD Phenom Triple-Core (Toliman) up to 8xxx series (AM2+)
    • AMD Phenom Quad-Core (Agena) up to 9950, (AM2+)

Memory upgrade information

    • Dual channel memory architecture
    • Four DDR2 SO-DIMM (240-pin) sockets
    • Supported DIMM types:
         PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
         PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    • Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    • Supports 4GB DDR2 DIMMs
    • Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit PCs
    • Supports up to 4 GB* on 32-bit PCs

	NOTE: *Actual available memory may be less


Integrated graphics using ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 (Supports DirectX® 10)

*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.

    • Integrated graphics using ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 (Supports DirectX® 10)
    • Supports concurrent use of dual displays connected to onboard DVI-D and VGA connectors.
    • Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards as independent graphics adapters.*


Integrated Realtek ALC888S Audio

*Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed.

    • Audio CODEC: Realtek ALC888S
    • High Definition 8 channel audio
    • Supports one S/PDIF digital connection


LAN: 10-Base-T

    • Interface: Integrated into motherboard
    • Technology: Realtek RTL8111C
    • Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100 Mb/s
    • Transmission standards: 10-Base-T Ethernet

Expansion Slots

    • One PCI Express x16
    • Three PCI Express x1

I/O Ports

Back I/O ports

Figure 2: Back I/O panel
1 - PS/2 mouse (green)
2 - S/PDIF coaxial out
3 - Video Graphics Adapter p
4 - IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
5 - RJ-45 Network (LAN)
6 - Audio: Center/Subwoofer (yellow orange)
7 - Audio: Rear Speaker Out (black)
8 - Audio: Line In (light blue)
9 - Audio: Line Out (lime)
10 - Audio: Microphone (pink)
11 - Audio: Side Speaker Out (gray)
12 - USB 2.0: 4
13 - DVI
14 - PS/2 keyboard (purple)

Internal Connectors

    • One 24-pin ATX power connector
    • One 4-pin ATX power connector
    • Six SATA connectors
    • One floppy drive connector
    • Two 12V fan connectors for CPU fan and chassis fan
    • One 9-pin header for power button, reset button, power LED, and HDD LED
    • One S/PDIF digital audio output header
    • One front line input connector
    • One 9-pin audio header for headphone-out and microphone-in (yellow, Vista capable, requires matching front audio jack module)
    • 6 USB 2.0 headers
    • One 1394a header
    • One SPI (ROM programming) connector
    • One jumper for resetting BIOS settings
    • One jumper to disable BIOS password checking

Motherboard layout

Figure 3: layout

Clearing the CMOS settings

CAUTION: Do not change any jumper setting while the computer is on. Damage to the motherboard can result.

This motherboard has a jumper to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS.


To clear CMOS, follow these steps:


Clearing the BIOS password

The BIOS password is used to protect BIOS settings from unwanted changes. If you have forgotten your password you may disable password checking.

To erase the BIOS password follow these steps:

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