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Gary Thomas Feb 06, 2005, 06:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
George, thanks for the advice and feedback. How loud is the PC Power 510 SLI when your running HL2 with all the eye candy or whatever you do to stress your system? Does the noise really bother you or is it neglible? I'm putting this sys together to play Lock On: Modern Air Combat which really makes even a cutting edge sys blow chunks. So I'll have to see.

Crispin wrote: "The manual mentions at least 350 W is needed. So, I am scraping the requirement." - You have to realize that 350 watts ratings is probably rated at 20 Celsius which isn't reality unless your in an igloo in northern Alaska. So reality is probably 60-70% eff at real world temps under a real load, in a real room with the PSU in a case and not on some test bench in the open air. So at 60% percent you've only got 210 watts! Add up your all of your components req'd wattages take the (maximum amounts) and I think you'll find your deficient or you'll be so close to the edge that if you get it to run, when you get into some heavy duty fragging, the wattage demand is going to spike and you won't have any headroom left, your caps will crash and burn and it will be game over. Frankly, since the PSU came with the Antec case its probably not even that efficient. I know your not running a pair of 6800 Ultra cards (as they can draw between 135-150 watts each!) I don't know how to say it, but you've got an Enzo Ferrari PC with a Ford Pinto 4 cyl. under the hood, and it ain't going to work.

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Zub Razi Feb 06, 2005, 06:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
is'nt thermaltake a reliable psu make, i heard it was a ram problem as one continuous beep usually means the ram is incorrect, but i have a 512mb RAM, PC2700, 333MHz - this should work fine right?

Rasco xtc Feb 06, 2005, 06:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
my system doesnt boot anymore. It stopped after using a bad psu for a while.
Now i have a good one (topower 530 watt) but still the system wont boot. I have tried everything. Clearing cmos, removing all parts and reinstall, turn around sli switch and my memory is in slot b1. Anyone knows
something i might have forgotten??

Sander Sassen Feb 06, 2005, 06:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Zub,

I doubt it, it has to be ddr400, otherwise you're overclocking the DDR333 memory, and you'll need two, dual channel works best with this motherboard. As for the PSU, that's an older 420w model, I'd opt for a new PSU.

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Rasco xtc Feb 06, 2005, 06:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok here is my system:

Asus a8n sli
Club3d 6600GT (1x)
1x 512 ddr 3200 corsair
amd 64 3000+ boxed
80 western digital sata
i started with cheap 350 watt PSU but now using a ToPower 530 watt PSU
liteon dvd/cdrom player

That's all i have, there is nothing more connected.

Here is the problem. After using my cheap 350 watt psu for a while (everything went great, halflife 2 looked better then i ever saw before :> )all of a sudden after rebooting windows my screen just stayed black. No mather what i did. I think i tried everything on this site. I cleared cmos, reinstalled all components after waiting a day, bought a really heavy PSU, but nomather what, my system still wont boot. I read somewhere that it is possible that the mobo locks after using a bad PSU. Could this be what happend??? If so how do i unlock it?? Is there anyting else i can do??

ey sander, hoe wist je dat ik nederlands spreek??

Sander Sassen Feb 06, 2005, 06:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Rasco,

Unplug the 6600GT, remove BIOS battery, unplug the mains lead to the PSU. Plug the PSU back in after 5-mins, power up, wait for the beeps and power down again. Put the BIOS battery back in and the 6600GT, now it should boot again. Upgrade the BIOS according to the FAQ and see whether it runs.

Ps. I'm Dutch, hence I speak it very well :)

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George Kisslak Feb 06, 2005, 07:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Zub, you need a new power supply.

Rasco et. al., never had the mobo lock so other than clearing CMOS I have no clue how to recover from that. (Oh.. I see Sander got you an answer..)

Gary, the PCP&C Turbo-Cool 510-SLI has a temp controlled fan. I've seen bogus comments to the contrary, ignore them. When running Star Wars Battlefront it's pretty quiet, just a little louder than the 120mm case fans. I've also tried 5% overclock on the CPU frequency (200MHz -> 210MHz) the CPU only runs 3C hotter and the PSU is still pretty quiet. (Can't go much higher than 5% with this Mushkin PC3200 222 L2 V2 DRAM at 2-2-3-5-1T. I can hit 10% if I relax timings to 3-4-4-8-2T but thats b*%%#@^t!!)

I have another system with a Turbo-Cool 510-ATX running a ASUS P4C800, GeForce FX 5900XT, 1GB Mushkin PC4000, P4 2.6C, Thermaltake Sparc 7+ CPU cooler, OC'ed to 3.1GHz and 960MHz FSB, in a Supermicro SC760 Tower with 6000RPM fans and I can tell you that when I pound the system with HL2 the cooler and case fans are deafening compared to the Turbo-Cool.

So the bottom line is simply this: PCP&C is the best, as it should be for the $$$.

--George

Sander Sassen Feb 06, 2005, 07:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I'd simply love to try a PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI, unfortunately they refused to send us a sample and because of that I'm not going to pay retail pricing and give them free advertising here. But from my perspective (as a MSEE) they look to have the best PSU currently available for SLI, just can recommend them unless I have tested their product myself. But feel free to complain to them at sales@pcpow.com maybe they will respond this time? It just suprises me that a company such as theirs wouldn't jump to this opportunity to get their product in the spotlight.

Sander Sassen
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George Kisslak Feb 06, 2005, 07:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Is anyone else using DDR sticks in the A8N-SLI that use the new Samsung TCCD dram chips? These are the ones that are supposed to be the "new" Winbond for overclockers. So far all I can say is "yeah right".

--George

Leo Lambert Feb 06, 2005, 07:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Not sure if this has been posted but new Nforce4 drivers (Version 6.39) were released Feb 4th, might solve some of your stability issues.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp_6.39

sham al Feb 06, 2005, 07:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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crap forum no one helped me :(

Sander Sassen Feb 06, 2005, 07:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Leo?

The FAQ was updated on 05/02/2005 to reflect this, it is listed on the first page of this thread.

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Leo Lambert Feb 06, 2005, 07:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Well just uncase people like myself missed it :)

Guido Lauer Feb 06, 2005, 08:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Erasing the Bios as Asus told(5-10 seconds) is not enough:
Take away the battery, put the jumper to 2-3 and drink a coffee.
If the clock lost actual date/time, it was long enough.

Crispin Ali Basah Feb 06, 2005, 11:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
just spent the evening trying an 0CX 520 PSU which I think is a very beautiful PSU.
the problem is still the same. the mobo turns on by itself and never boots.
calling ASUS the first thing tmrw morning. sigh.

Rick Litowski Feb 07, 2005, 12:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hello all,

It's a simple thing, but a gentle reminder that a lot of PSU manufacturers ship their power supplies set to 230 volts. If your usage requires 115 volts and you forget to switch it, the system will usually power up for a few seconds, then turn itself off.


Sultan Ojjeh Feb 07, 2005, 02:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 07, 2005, 02:28am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
You wanna see a noob move:

my cards were working well on the 71.25, and the 1003.Before i broke rule number one : stay concentrated. I did a stupid move and erased my 6800u drivers from the device manager, while talking to my wife! Yes erased duh... now it restarts, i can see the monitor geting power from the card, but cant even see the bios screen. i hear windows going on and all the sounds in the background... but no screen...

how can i get my screen back? i would of thought that windows or at least the BIOS would have detected a Display adapter, and put i default driver, but nooooo....not this time.

ive cleared the CMOS, left the battery out for 2-3 coffees, but no change.

Help pls...

Zub Razi Feb 07, 2005, 03:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OMFG!!!! i waisted my whole day!!!! :(

all i had to do was apply EXTREME pressure down on my RAM stick and then it finally clicked into place!

now my PC boots, just need set up the BIOS crap now.

looks like i dont need to buy a new PSU after all :D

Alex Sleight Feb 07, 2005, 03:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi there,

Just a quickie (I hope)

My board was working fine until I stuck in an extra stick of RAM.

I ran memtest86 overnight and no errors if I use both the black slots.

If, however I use the blue slots, I get errors. Ive tried booting with one chip in one socket and moving it between the 4 slots, and it will boot if either stick is in A2,B2 or B1. If I put either into A1, I get the memory beep. Therefore I believe that my A1 socket is screwed.

Does anyone have any other ideas ? - Is there something that I can do to fix it ? - is there perhaps a definitive test I can do ?

Also I noticed that on Memtest86, it says "chipset not recognised" - does anyone know of a good memory tester that is reliable and accurate on this board.

Thanks


Please please please can someone look at this and advise. Thanks.

Guido Lauer Feb 07, 2005, 04:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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sounds strange, because normally it will only boot, when ram is in B1...


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