Introduction. Asus Pundit-S

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3.3.2 Storage card slot

A 3-in-1 storage card reader comes pre-installed in your ASUS book size barebone system. The storage card reader supports the following storage cards:

• Memory Stick ® / Pro™

• Secure Digital™

• MultimediaCard

3-in-1 card reader

3.3.3 Optical drive

If your system comes with an installed optical drive, follow these instructions to insert a CD/DVD to the drive.


Press the EJECT button of the optical drive.


Place a CD/DVD on the drive tray. Make sure the CD/DVD is properly seated on the tray locks.


Push the drive tray back to the drive.

Tray locks

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Support CD information

The support CD that came with the system contains useful software and several utility drivers that enhance the system features.

• Screen display and driver options may not be the same for other operating system versions.

• The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website for updates.

3.4.1 Running the support CD

To begin using the support CD, place the CD in your optical drive. The CD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.


Click an item to install Click an icon to display other information

If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder.

Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.

3.4.2 Drivers menu

The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.

ATI All In One Driver

Click this item to install the ATI All In One Driver.

Chapter 3: Starting up

Realtek Audio Driver

Click this item to install the Realtek Audio Driver.

Realtek LAN Driver

Click this item to install the Realtek LAN Driver.

USB ODD Driver

Click this item to install the Plug and Share (PnS) ODD applicaton.See

Page 2-19.

USB 2.0 Driver

Click this item to install the USB 2.0 Driver.

3.4.3 Utilities

The Utilities tab displays the applications and softwares that the motherboard supports.


This utility continuously monitors vital system information such as fan rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, and alerts you on any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer in a healthy operating condition.

ASUS Update

This item installs the ASUS Update that allows you to update the motherboard BIOS and drivers. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

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ASUS Screensaver

This item installs the ASUS Screensaver.

ADOBE Acrobat Reader V7.0

This item installs the Adobe ® Acrobat Reader ® . The Acrobat ® Acrobat

Reader ® software is for viewing files saved in Portable Document Format


Microsoft DirectX 9.0c

Installs the Microsoft ® DirectX 9.0c driver.

USB2.0 Card Reader Software

This item installs the USB2.0 Card Reader Software.

Anti-Virus Utility

This item installs the Anti-Virus Utility. View the online help for detailed information.

3.4.4 ASUS contact information

Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information.

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3.4.5 Other information

The icons on the top right side of the screen give additional information on the motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to display the specified information.

Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.

Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.

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Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when requesting technical support.

Displays the contents of the support CD and a brief description of each in text format.

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Chapter 4

This chapter gives information about the motherboard that comes with the system. This chapter includes the motherboard layout, jumper settings, and connector locations.



The ASUS motherboard comes already installed in the ASUS book size barebone system. This chapter provides technical information about the motherboard for future upgrades or system reconfiguration.


Motherboard layout


T: Mouse

B: Keyboard

















CR2032 3V

Lithium Cell

CMOS Power














DDR2 DIMMA1 (64 bit,240-pin module)

DDR2 DIMMB1 (64 bit,240-pin module)











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This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in

CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The RAM data in CMOS, that include system setup information such as system passwords, is powered by the onboard button cell battery.

To erase the RTC RAM:

1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.

2. Remove the battery.

3. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.

4. Re-install the battery.

5. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.

6. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter data.

1 2




2 3




Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure.

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Internal connectors

This section describes and illustrates the connectors on the motherboard.

See page 14-15 for the description of the rear panel connectors.


USB connector (10-1 pin USB34)

If the rear panel USB 2.0 ports are inadequate, a USB header is available at midboard to accommodate two additional USB ports. You may connect the cable of a two-port USB module to this connector, then mount the module to an open slot in the chassis.







USB connector


Rear panel TV and audio ports connector (14-1 pin TVOUT_R)

This interface is connected to the ASUS proprietary daughtercard that supports the rear panel audio I/O, S-Video, and composite video ports.



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LED connector (6-pin LED_CON1)

This connector supports the Power and HDD activity LEDs in the system front panel.









LED connector


ATX power connectors (24-pin ATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)

These connectors are for the 24-pin and 4-pin power plugs from the power supply unit. The plugs from the power supply unit are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.




ATX Power connectors

+12V DC



+12V DC


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IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, RED_IDE)

The PRI_IDE connector is for the primary master device (hard disk drive) . Attach the blue connector of the 40-pin cable to this interface, then attach the black connector to the UltraATA100/66 primary master device (hard disk drive). The RED_IDE connector is for the secondary master device (optical drive). Configure the hard disk drive and the optical drive as primary/secondary master device by adjusting their jumper settings. Refer to their respective documentation for details.

Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the UltraATA cable connector. This prevents incorrect orientation when you connect the cables.


IDE connectors


NOTE: Orient the red markings

(usually zigzag) on the IDE ribbon cable to PIN 1.

RED_IDE can’t connect to Hard Drive.

You can’t install OS with RED_IDE connector. See 2.9.1 ( Page 2-16 ) and 2.9.3.( Page 2-19 ) .

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Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1)

This next generation connector supports the thin Serial ATA cable for a Serial ATA hard disk drive. The current Serial ATA interface allows up to 150 MB/s data transfer rate, faster than the standard parallel

ATA with 133 MB/s (UltraATA133).










SATA connector

Important notes on Serial ATA

• The Serial ATA cable is smaller and more flexible allowing easier routing inside the chassis. The lower pin count of the Serial ATA cable eliminates the problem caused by the wide, flat ribbon cables of the Parallel ATA interface.

• Hot plug support for Serial ATA drive and connections are not available in this motherboard.

• Install Windows ® XP™ Service Pack 1 when using Serial ATA.


Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)

This connector supports the rear panel serial port.


Serial COM1 connector

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Internal audio connectors (4-pin AUX, CD)

These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources such as a optical drive, TV tuner, or MPEG card.



Left Audio Channel


Right Audio Channel

Internal audio connectors


CPU fan connectors (3-pin CPU_FAN)

The fan connectors support the proprietary CPU fan. Connect the fan cable to the connector matching the black wire to the ground pin.



Fan power connector

Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Lack of sufficient air flow within the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on the fan connectors!

Chapter 4: Motherboard info

Chapter 5

This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS

Setup menus and describes the

BIOS parameters.




Managing and updating your BIOS

The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard

Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.


ASUS EZ Flash (Updates the BIOS using a flash disk during POST.)


CrashFree BIOS 2 (Updates the BIOS using the support CD when the BIOS gets corrupted.)


ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows ® environment.)

Refer to the corresponding section for each utility.

Important notes

• It is recommended that you save a copy of the original

motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard

BIOS using the ASUS Update utility.

• A working BIOS file for this motherboard is in the support CD.

Use this file only when you do not have a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file in a USB flash disk or floppy disk.

• Visit the ASUS website and download the latest BIOS file for this motherboard using the ASUS Update utility.

5.1.1 ASUS EZ Flash utility

The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to go through the long process of booting from a flash disk and using a

DOS-based utility. The EZ Flash utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is accessible by pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests


To update the BIOS using EZ Flash:


Visit the ASUS website ( to download the latest BIOS


Save the BIOS file to a flash disk, then restart the system.


Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.

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EZFlash starting BIOS update

Checking for floppy...


Insert the flash disk that contains the BIOS file to the flash disk drive.

When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash performs the BIOS update process and automatically reboots the system when done.

EZFlash starting BIOS update

Checking for floppy...

Floppy found!

Reading file “P5R8L.BIN”. Completed.

Start erasing.......|

Start programming...|

Flashed successfully. Rebooting.

• Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure!

• A “Floppy not found!” error message appears if there is no floppy disk in the drive. A “P5R8L.BIN not found!” error message appears if the correct BIOS file is not found in the floppy disk. Make sure that you rename the BIOS file to P5R8L.BIN.

5.1.2 Recovering the BIOS with CrashFree BIOS 2

The CrashFree BIOS 2 auto recovery tool allows you to restore BIOS from the motherboard support CD, or from a USB floppy disk or flash disk that contains the BIOS file, in case the current BIOS on the motherboard fails or gets corrupted.

• Prepare the support CD that came with the motherboard that contains the motherboard BIOS (P5R8L.BIN) before proceeding with the BIOS update process.

• If you have saved a copy of the original motherboard BIOS to a bootable USB floppy disk or USB flash disk, you may also use this disk to restore the BIOS.

To recover the BIOS from the support CD:

Make sure the optical drive is set as secondary master device when recovering the BIOS using the support CD.

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Boot the system.


When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following screen message appears.

Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...

Checking for floppy...

The system automatically checks the optical drive.


Place the support CD in the optical drive. The support CD contains the original BIOS for this motherboard.

Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...

Checking for floppy...

Floppy not found!

Checking for CD-ROM...

CD-ROM found.

Reading file “P5R8L.BIN”. Completed.

Start flashing...

DO NOT shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so may cause system boot failure!


When the BIOS update process is complete, reboot the system.

The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard. Visit the ASUS website ( to download the latest BIOS file.

Chapter 5: BIOS setup

5.1.3 ASUS Update

The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to update the motherboard

BIOS in Windows ® environment. This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard package. ASUS Update requires an

Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service

Provider (ISP).

To install ASUS Update:


Place the support CD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.


Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX.

See page 48 for the Utilities screen menu.


The ASUS Update utility is copied into your system.

To update the BIOS using the ASUS Update:


Launch the utility from the Windows desktop by clicking Start >

Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS

Update initial screen appears.


Select your desired update method, then click Next.

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If you selected updating/downloading from the Internet, select the ASUS

FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic, or choose

Auto Select. Click Next.


From the FTP site, select the

BIOS version that you wish to download. Click Next.


Follow the instructions on the succeeding screens to complete the update process.

If you selected the option to update the BIOS from a file, a window pops up prompting you to locate the file. Select the file, click Save, then follow the screen instructions to complete the update process.

Chapter 5: BIOS setup


BIOS Setup program

This motherboard supports a programmable Firmware Hub (FWH) that you can update using the provided utility described in section 5.1

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.

Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you may want to change the configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you may want to enable the security password feature or make changes to the power management settings. This requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the firmware hub.

The firmware hub stores the Setup utility. When you start up the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press

<Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility, otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.

If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing

<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can also restart by turning the system off and then back on.

Do this last option only if the first two failed.

The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. It is a menu-driven program, which means you can scroll through the various sub-menus and make your selections among the predetermined choices.

Because the BIOS software is constantly being updated, the following

BIOS setup screens and descriptions are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.

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BIOS menu bar

The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:

Use this menu to make changes to the basic system configuration.

Use this menu to enable and make changes to the advanced features.

Use this menu to configure and enable Power

Management features.

Use this menu to configure the default system device used to locate and load the Operating System.

Use this menu to exit the current menu or to exit the

Setup program.

To access the menu bar items, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.

5.2.2 Legend bar

At the bottom of the Setup screen is a legend bar. The keys in the legend bar allow you to navigate through the various setup menus. The following table lists the keys found in the legend bar with their corresponding functions.

Displays the General Help screen from anywhere in the

BIOS Setup

Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu from a sub-menu

Selects the menu item to the left or right

Moves the highlight up or down between fields

Scrolls backward through the values for the highlighted field

Scrolls forward through the values for the highlighted field

Brings up a selection menu for the highlighted field

Moves the cursor to the first field

Moves the cursor to the last field

Resets the current screen to its Setup Defaults

Saves changes and exits Setup

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General help

In addition to the Item Specific Help window, the BIOS setup program also provides a General Help screen. You may launch this screen from any menu by simply pressing <F1>. The General Help screen lists the legend keys and their corresponding functions.

Saving changes and exiting the Setup program

See “5.7 Exit Menu” for detailed information on saving changes and exiting the setup program.

Scroll bar

When a scroll bar appears to the right of a help window, it indicates that there is more information to be displayed that will not fit in the window. Use

<PgUp> and <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



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>. The submenu appears. Use the legend keys to enter values and move from field to field within a sub-menu as you would within a menu. Use the <Esc> key to return to the main menu.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the legend keys and their corresponding functions. Practice navigating through the various menus and sub-menus. If you accidentally make unwanted changes to any of the fields, use the set default hot key <F5> to load the Setup default values.

While moving around through the Setup program, note that explanations appear in the Item Specific Help window located to the right of each menu.

This window displays the help text for the currently highlighted field.

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Main Menu

When you enter the Setup program, the following screen appears.

System Time

System Date


Wed., Dec 07 2004

Primary IDE Master

Primary IDE Slave

First SATA Master




HDD SMART Monitoring [Disabled]

Installed Memory

Usable Memory

512 MB

447 MB

Select Menu

Item Specific Help

Change the internal clock.

5.3.1 System Time [xx:xx:xx]

Sets the system to the time that you specify (usually the current time). The format is hour, minute, second. Valid values for hour, minute and second are Hour: (00 to 23), Minute: (00 to 59), Second: (00 to 59). Use the <Tab> key to move between the hour, minute, and second fields.

5.3.2 System Date [xx/xx/xxxx]

Sets the system to the date that you specify (usually the current date). The format is month, day, year. Valid values for month, day, and year are

Month: (1 to 12), Day: (1 to 31), Year: (up to 2084). Use the <Tab> key to move between the month, day, and year fields.

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5.3.3 Primary IDE Master/Slave ; First SATA


IDE Primary Master

Primary IDE Master

Access Mode





PIO Mode


Transfer Mode



0 MB







Select Menu

Item Specific Help

Press [Enter] to select.

Primary IDE Master [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. If the hard disk was already formatted on an older system, Setup may detect incorrect parameters. In these cases, select [Manual] to manually enter the IDE hard disk drive parameters. Refer to the next section for details.

Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have the correct configuration information supplied by the drive manufacturer. Incorrect settings may cause the system to fail to recognize the installed hard disk.

Access Mode [Auto]

This item allows the user to select the sector addressing mode.

Configuration options: [CHS] [LBA] [Large] [Auto]

PIO Mode [Auto]

This option lets you set a PIO (Programmed Input/Output) mode for the IDE device. Modes 0 through 4 provide successive increase in performance.

Configuration options: [Auto] [Mode 0] [Mode 1] [Mode 2] [Mode 3] [Mode 4]

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