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Motherboard Specifications, N1996 (Argon)

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Motherboard Information

Part/FeatureSupport/Specification
Motherboard Description
  • Manufacturer's name - N1996
  • HP/Compaq name - Argon
Motherboard SupplierMSI
System BIOS SupplierMSI/Award
Form FactoruATX
Processor BrandIntel
Maximum approved processor2.53 GHz Intel Pentium 4
Processor Socket TypemPGA478
Processor FamilyIntel P4 or Celeron
Processor Front Side Bus Frequency400/533MHz
Chipset Name845E
Chipset "North Bridge"

revision/stepping
845E

A1
Chipset "South Bridge"

revision/stepping
ICH4

A1
Super I/O

revision/stepping
Winbond

W83627HF-AW
Flash BIOS Device4MB Flash EEPROM
Memory Type2.5v. DDR
Memory SpeedPC2100/PC1600
Memory Sockets2 DIMM
Maximum Memory1GB
Graphics SupplierIntel
Graphics ConfigurationUp
Graphics Connector (AGP)AGP 4x
TV-Out DeviceNo
AudioAC'97 Down
AC'97 CODEC DeviceRealtek ALC202A
Audio Jacks (legend below)
MMicrophoneM,LI,LO,SO
LILine In
LOLine out
SOSpeaker
Ethernet 10/100 LAN SupplierRealtek RTL8101L
Ethernet ConfigurationPCI Down
IDE UDMA ModesATA-66/100
Expansion Slots (AGP/PCI/Exten) 3 PCI
USB Ports6
USB Front/Back Options2F+4B
Serial, Parallel, Floppy, PS2 Kbd and Mouse1S,1P,1F,PS2 K+M
Serial Port Front Chassis OptionNo
Available Mfg Options-U,L,A,S
AAudio down on motherboard
CExternal L2 cache on motherboard
E1394 on motherboard
GGraphics down (on motherboard or in chipset)
LLAN on motherboard (Ethernet) P - PCMCIA slot
SS3 power management support
TTV-out on motherboard
UGraphics card (up, not on motherboard)
WMicrosoft®) Windows XP hardware compliant

Layout and photographs

Figure 1: Layout
Figure 2: Photograph
Figure 3: View of back panel connectors
1 - Mouse
2 - Parallel
3 - LAN
4 - Line-in
5 - Line-out
6 - Microphone
7 - USB
8 - Serial
9 - Keyboard

Clearing the CMOS settings

The JBAT1 jumper allows you to clear the date, time, and system setup parameter memories in CMOS, by erasing the RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, including system setup information.
CAUTION: Do not change any jumper setting while the computer is on. Damage to the motherboard can result.
  1. Turn off the PC and unplug the power cord.
  2. Move the JBAT1 jumper cap from pins 1-2 (normal) to pins 2-3 (clear CMOS)
  3. Keep the JBAT1 jumper cap on pins 2-3 for 6 seconds, then move it back to pins 1-2.
  4. Plug in the power cord and turn on the PC.
  5. Enter the BIOS setup to change BIOS settings.

Clearing the BIOS password

The BIOS password protects the BIOS from undesired changes. If password checking is enabled, and you need to disable it, use the following steps:
  1. Turn off the PC and unplug the power cord.
  2. Remove the JPWD1 jumper cap.
  3. To enter BIOS setup, start the PC and press the F1 key as the PC boots.
  4. Clear or reset the BIOS password.
  5. Save the BIOS settings and turn off the PC.
  6. Replace the JPWD1 jumper cap.

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