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    P4S-X User Guide...

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    Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    1.12 Connectors ............... 1-16 Chapter 2: BIOS information 2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS ........2-2 2.1.1 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS .... 2-2 2.1.2 Using AFLASH to update the BIOS ....... 2-4 2.1.3 CrashFree BIOS feature ........2-7 2.2 BIOS Setup program ............

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Chapter 3: Software support 3.1 Install an operating system ..........3-2 3.2 Support CD information ............3-2 3.2.1 Running the support CD ........3-2 3.2.2 Drivers menu ............3-3 3.2.3 Utilities menu ............3-3 3.2.4 ASUS Contact Information ........3-4...

  • Page 5: Federal Communications Commission Statement, Canadian Department Of Communications Statement

    Notices Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.

  • Page 6: Safety Information, Electrical Safety

    Safety information Electrical safety • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system. • When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected.

  • Page 7: About This Guide, Conventions Used In This Guide

    1. ASUS Websites The ASUS websites worldwide provide updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. The ASUS websites are listed in the ASUS Contact Information on page viii. 2. Optional Documentation Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer.

  • Page 8: Asus Contact Information

    Support Fax: +1-502-933-8713 General Support: +1-502-995-0883 Notebook Support: +1-510-739-3777 x5110 Web Site: usa.asus.com Support Email: tsd@asus.com ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address: Harkort Str. 25, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany Web Site Address: www.asuscom.de General Telephone: +49-2102-95990 Online Contact: www.asuscom.de/sales General Fax:...

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    P4S-X specifications summary Socket 478 for Intel ® Willamette/Northwood Pentium ® processors that supports up to 2.6+ GHz ® Chipset ® 962L Front Side Bus (FSB) 400 MHz (533MHz when overclocked) Memory 2 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support for PC2700/2100/PC1600...

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    P4S-X specifications summary BIOS features 2Mb Flash ROM, Award BIOS, TCAV, PnP, DMI2.3, SM BIOS 2.3, CrashFree BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash Industry standard PCI 2.2, USB 2.0 Manageability DMI 2.3, WOL/WOR by PME Form Factor ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)

  • Page 11: Product Introduction

    Chapter 1 This chapter describes the features of the P4S-X motherboard. It includes brief descriptions of the motherboard components, and illustrations of the layout, jumper settings, and connectors. Product introduction...

  • Page 12: Welcome!, Package Contents

    Supporting up to 2GB of system memory with the PC2700/2100/1600 DDR DIMMs, high-resolution graphics via an AGP 4X slot, USB 2.0, and 6-channel audio features, the P4S-X is your affordable vehicle to enter the world of computing! Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in your package with the list below.

  • Page 13: Motherboard Components

    Motherboard components Before you install the motherboard, learn about its major components and available features to facilitate the installation and future upgrades. Refer to the succeeding pages for the component descriptions. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

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    ATX 12V connector. This power connector connects the 4-pin 12V plug from the ATX 12V power supply. CPU socket. A 478-pin surface mount, Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) socket for ® ® the Intel Pentium 4 Processor, with 400MHz system bus that allows 3.2GB/s of data transfer rate.

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    Serial port. This 9-pin port connects to a serial mouse or other serial devices. S/PDIF port. This port is for S/PDIF digital audio output devices. PS/2 keyboard port. This purple connector is for a PS/2 keyboard. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

  • Page 16: Special Features

    Special Features 1.4.1 Product highlights (page 2-2) ASUS EZ Flash With ASUS EZ Flash, you can update BIOS before entering operating system. No more DOS-based flash utility and bootable diskette required. C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) (page 1-15) When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear the CMOS data.

  • Page 17: Motherboard Layout

    MuTLOL Audio Codec Media GAME1 PCI Slot 2 CLRTC1 CHA_FAN1 SB_PWR1 2Mbit Flash PCI Slot 3 COM2 BIOS FP_AUDIO1 PCI Slot 4 AUX1 ® PCI Slot 5 P4S-X BUZZER1 PCI Slot 6 PANEL1 USBPW56 USB56 ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

  • Page 18: Before You Proceed

    SB_PWR1 ® P4S-X Standby Powered Power P4S-X Onboard LED Install only 1.5V AGP cards on this motherboard! Chapter 1: Product introduction...

  • Page 19: Motherboard Installation, Placement Direction, Screw Holes

    Place ten (10) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis. Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard. Place this side towards the rear of the chassis ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

  • Page 20: Central Processing Unit (cpu), Overview

    Central Processing Unit (CPU) 1.8.1 Overview The motherboard comes with a surface mount 478-pin Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) ® ® socket. The socket is designed for the Intel Pentium 4 Processor in the 478-pin package with 512/256KB L2 cache on 0.13 micron process. This processor supports 400MHz front side bus (FSB), and allows a data transfer rate of 3.2GB/s.

  • Page 21: Installing The Cpu

    6. Install a CPU heatsink and fan following the instructions that came with the heatsink package. 7. Connect the CPU fan cable to the CPU_FAN1 connector on the motherboard. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 1-11...

  • Page 22: System Memory

    80 Pins ® P4S-X P4S-X 184-Pin DDR DIMM Sockets 1. Make sure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard and other system components.

  • Page 23: Expansion Slots, Standard Interrupt Assignments, Irq Assignments For This Motherboard

    When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 1-13...

  • Page 24: Jumpers

    2. The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode. USBPW34 USBPW12 +5VSB (Default) USBPW56 ® P4S-X +5VSB P4S-X USB Device Wake Up (Default) 1-14 Chapter 1: Product introduction...

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    Clear CMOS P4S-X (Default) P4S-X Clear RTC RAM Setting You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so BIOS can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.

  • Page 26: Connectors

    NOTE: Orient the red markings on P4S-X the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1. P4S-X Floppy Disk Drive Connector 2. IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE1, SEC_IDE1) This connector supports the provided UltraDMA133/100/66 IDE hard disk ribbon cable. Connect the cable’s blue connector to the primary (recommended) or...

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    230W, or 300W for a fully configured system. The system may become unstable and may experience difficulty powering up if the power supply is inadequate. ATXPWR1 ATX12V1 ® P4S-X +12V DC +12V DC P4S-X ATX Power Connectors ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 1-17...

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    Rotation CHA_FAN1 ® P4S-X P4S-X 12-Volt Cooling Fan Power 6. GAME/MIDI connector (16-1 pin GAME1) This connector supports a GAME/MIDI module. Connect an optional GAME/MIDI cable to this connector. The GAME/MIDI port on the module connects a joystick or a game pad for playing games, and MIDI devices for playing or editing audio files.

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    8. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO1) This is an interface for the Intel front panel audio cable that allow convenient connection and control of audio devices. FP_AUDIO1 ® P4S-X P4S-X Front Panel Audio Connector ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 1-19...

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    These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card. CD1 (Black) AUX1 (White) ® P4S-X P4S-X Internal Audio Connectors 11. System panel connector (20-pin PANEL1) This connector accommodates several system front panel functions. Speaker Power LED Connector...

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    Hard Disk Activity Lead (2-pin IDE_LED) This connector supplies power to the hard disk activity LED. The read or write activities of any device connected to the primary or secondary IDE connector cause this LED to light up. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 1-21...

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    1-22 Chapter 1: Product introduction...

  • Page 33: Bios Information

    Chapter 2 This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided. BIOS information...

  • Page 34: Managing And Updating Your Bios, Using Asus Ez Flash To Update The Bios

    BIOS later. 2.1.1 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to easily update the BIOS without having to go through the long process of booting from a diskette and using a DOS-based utility.

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    5. At the prompt, “Please Enter File Name for NEW BIOS: _”, type in the BIOS file name that you downloaded from the ASUS website, then press <Enter>. EZ Flash will automatically access drive A to look for the file name that you typed.

  • Page 36: Using Aflash To Update The Bios

    2.1.2 Using AFLASH to update the BIOS Creating a bootable disk AFLASH.EXE is a Flash Memory Writer utility that updates the BIOS by uploading a new BIOS file to the programmable flash ROM on the motherboard. This file works only in DOS mode. To determine the BIOS version of your motherboard, check the last four numbers of the code displayed on the upper left-hand corner of your screen during bootup.

  • Page 37: Updating The Bios

    BIOS revision will solve your problems. Careless updating may result to more problems with the motherboard! 1. Download an updated ASUS BIOS file from the Internet (WWW or FTP) (see ASUS CONTACT INFORMATION on page viii for details) and save to the boot floppy disk you created earlier.

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    BIOS file you saved to the boot disk. If the Flash Memory Writer utility is not able to successfully update a complete BIOS file, the system may not boot. If this happens, call the ASUS service center for support.

  • Page 39: Crashfree Bios Feature

    1. Turn on the computer, and when prompted, place the bootable floppy disk into the floppy drive, so that the computer boots from the floppy disk. 2. Follow the BIOS update procedure in section “2.1.2 Using AFLASH to update the BIOS.” ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

  • Page 40: Bios Setup Program, Bios Menu Bar

    BIOS Setup program This motherboard supports a programmable Flash ROM that you can update using the provided utility described in section “2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS.” Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring your system, or prompted to “Run Setup”. This section explains how to configure your system using this utility.

  • Page 41: Legend Bar

    <PgDn> or the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the entire help document. Press <Home> to display the first page, press <End> to go to the last page. To exit the help window, press <Enter> or <Esc>. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

  • Page 42: Main Menu

    Sub-menu Note that a right pointer symbol (as shown on the left) appears to the left of certain fields. This pointer indicates that you can display a sub-menu from this field. A sub- menu contains additional options for a field parameter. To display a sub-menu, move the highlight to the field and press <Enter>.

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    Configuration options: [All Errors] [No Error] [All but Keyboard] [All but Disk] [All but Disk/Keyboard] Installed Memory [XXX MB] This field automatically displays the amount of conventional memory detected by the system during the boot process. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-11...

  • Page 44: Primary And Secondary Master/slave

    2.3.1 Primary and Secondary Master/Slave Type [Auto] Select [Auto] to automatically detect an IDE hard disk drive. If automatic detection is successful, Setup automatically fills in the correct values for the remaining fields on this sub-menu. If automatic detection fails, this may be because the hard disk drive is too old or too new.

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    Type field to [User Type HDD] and the Translation Method field to [Manual]. CHS Capacity This field shows the drive’s maximum CHS capacity as calculated by the BIOS based on the drive information you entered. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-13...

  • Page 46: Keyboard Features

    Maximum LBA Capacity This field shows the drive’s maximum LBA capacity as calculated by the BIOS based on the drive information you entered. Multi-Sector Transfers [Maximum] This option automatically sets the number of sectors per block to the highest number that the drive supports. Note that when this field is automatically configured, the set value may not always be the fastest value for the drive.

  • Page 47: Advanced Menu

    (when CPU Speed is set to [Manual]) This feature tells the clock generator what frequency to send to the system bus and PCI bus. The bus frequency (external frequency) multiplied by the bus multiple equals the CPU speed. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-15...

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    Memory Frequency [Auto] This field determines whether the memory clock frequency is set to be in synchronous or asynchronous mode with respect to the system frequency. The options that appear in the popup menu vary according to the CPU Frequency (MHz).

  • Page 49: Chip Configuration

    (value depends on SDRAM SPD) This item controls the number of DDR SDRAM clocks used for DDR SDRAM parameters. Configuration options: [6T] [7T] [5T] [4T] SDRAM Command Lead-off Time [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [1T] ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-17...

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    Graphics Aperture Size [64MB] This feature allows you to select the size of mapped memory for AGP graphic data. Configuration options: [4MB] [8MB] [16MB] [32MB] [64MB] [128MB] [256MB] AGP Capability [4X Mode] This motherboard supports the AGP 4X interface that transfers video data at 1066MB/s.

  • Page 51: I/o Device Configuration

    This field sets the I/O address for the game port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [200H-207H] [208H-20FH] Onboard MIDI I/O [Disabled] This field sets the I/O address for the MIDI I/O port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [330H-331H] [300H-301H] ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-19...

  • Page 52: Pci Configuration

    2.4.3 PCI Configuration Slot 1/5, Slot 2/6, Slot 3, Slot 4 IRQ [Auto] These fields automatically assign the IRQ for each PCI slot. The default setting for each field is [Auto], which utilizes auto-routing to determine IRQ assignments. Configuration options: [Auto] [NA] [3] [4] [5] [7] [9] [10] [11] [12] [14] [15] PCI/VGA Palette Snoop [Disabled] Some non-standard VGA cards, like graphics accelerators or MPEG video cards, may not show colors properly.

  • Page 53: Onboard Pci Devices Control

    [Auto] for optimum performance. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] Onboard AC97 Modem Controller [Auto] This field allows you to disable the onboard AC97 modem controller or set to the default [Auto] for optimum performance. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-21...

  • Page 54: Power Menu PCI IRQ Resource Exclusion IRQ XX Reserved [No/ICU] These fields indicate whether or not the displayed IRQ for each field is being used by a legacy device. The setting [No/ICU] for an IRQ field indicates that this particular IRQ is NOT required by a legacy device. Set the IRQ field to [Yes] if you install a legacy device that requires a unique IRQ.

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    This field allows you to enable or disable the ACPI Suspend-to-RAM feature. To support this feature, the +5VSB of the power supply should have the capacity to provide more than 720mA current. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-23...

  • Page 56: Power Up Control

    2.5.1 Power Up Control AC PWR Loss Restart [Disabled] This allows you to set whether or not to reboot the system after power interruptions. [Disabled] leaves your system off while [Enabled] reboots the system. [Previous State] sets the system back to the state it was before the power interruption.

  • Page 57: Hardware Monitor

    If any of the monitored items is out of range, the following error message appears: “Hardware Monitor found an error. Enter Power setup menu for details”. You will then be prompted to “Press F1 to continue or DEL to enter SETUP”. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-25...

  • Page 58: Boot Menu

    Boot Menu Boot Sequence The Boot menu allows you to select among the four possible types of boot devices listed using the up and down arrow keys. By using the <+> or <Space> key, you can promote devices and by using the <-> key, you can demote devices. Promotion or demotion of devices alters the priority which the system uses to search for a boot device on system power up.

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    40 or 80 tracks. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Full Screen Logo [Enabled] This field enables the display of the full screen logo that appears as the PC boots up. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide 2-27...

  • Page 60: Exit Menu

    Exit Menu When you have made all of your selections from the various menus in the Setup program, save your changes and exit Setup. Select Exit from the menu bar to display the following menu. Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options from this menu or <F10>...

  • Page 61: Software Support

    Chapter 3 This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes with the motherboard package. Software support...

  • Page 62: Install An Operating System, Support Cd Information, Running The Support Cd, Drivers Menu

    The support CD that came with the motherboard contains useful software and several utility drivers that enhance the motherboard features. The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website for updates. 3.2.1 Running the support CD To begin using the support CD, simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive.

  • Page 63: Software And Drivers Description, Asus Pc Probe

    Click this item to load the installation wizard and install the SiS USB driver. ASUS PC Probe This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages, and alerts you on any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer at a healthy operating condition. ASUS P4S-X motherboard user guide...

  • Page 64: Asus Update

    ASUS Update This item installs the ASUS Update. This program allows you to download the latest version of the BIOS from the ASUS website. Microsoft Direct X 8.1 Driver This item installs the Microsoft V8.1 driver. PC-CILLIN 2002 This item installs the PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus software. View the PC-CILLIN online help for detailed information.

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