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Benjamin Hatch Mar 10, 2005, 02:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike (and anyone who can help)

{quote}Please follow the guide to the letter, the system will reboot during this process maybe up to three times and you will be prompted to resume the current session. NV performance needs to be closed in order to have the nTune.exe window up during a benchmark process. Reboot again, and access Ntune from here C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune. to get the nvperformance.exe or ntune.exe, worst case scenario.{quote}

{quote}PS: 426 is a high bandwidth for one card. Got a little NOS kit on there we don't know about?
Can I have the manufacturers part # on that card?{quote}

>> I kind of figured it was too high, I have done nothing to this sytem that wasn't in either guide (other than install norton antivirus). No Nos, although I belive that the BFG starts with 425 OC'd on the Chip. Maybe this is the prob?

>>I did follow the guide to the letter, it stopped and said it was completed and I got a chance to save but then I couldn't find ntune, yes I had closed nperform. yes, I did go to the direct path, same result. But this is now moot; While reading your reply online, and searching for ntune, the screen started flickering then blanking, followed by a reset. Then gave me a windows error (I can't remember which) but I had to go into bios and switch to boot from cd and re install xp again (although it saved some files so wasn't full reinstall). During that one I again used the nvraid drivers on floppy (why this is important will become apparent momentarily). I reinstalled 66.93 and chipset 6.39 drivers. Reinstalled norton, then installed modem and drivers, then dial up service proprietary cd. I couldn't get online with it, however, and tried to fix that with reinstalls. Gave up for the evening and came back this afternoon and started up the sys. It got to where it loads the raid drivers and gave me a raid error, rebooted and goes into a loop. I cannot get to bios... Help!
I would be happy to just start from scratch again, but I honestly don't know how!

Sorry to everyone if this is my own problem and should not be posted here, I am not sure of the etiquette on this....


Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe(BIOS Revision 1004)
Athlon 64 3500+,socket 939 @2.21ghz (Zalman CPU fan)
PCP&C Turbo Cool 510 SLI
2x Corsair dual 512 CMX512-3200C2
1x BFG 6800 Ultra
2x 74G Raptors on NVRaid 0
Pioneer Dual layer DVD rw etc etc
LITE-ON DVD-ROM, SOHD-167T
Creative Audigy2 zs
Antec P-160 case
Windows xp (sp2)
66.93

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 10, 2005, 02:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Benjamin Hatch

Don't panic!!! lol

I sent you a PM.

Mike :)

Pedro Filipe Mar 10, 2005, 02:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 10, 2005, 02:40pm EST

 
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Has anyone else had the problem of asusprobe crashing their pc to POST everytime it tries to start? I can run all other asus utilities except probe for some reason. Other than that my system is running smooth. Thanks for the help.

Otis

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Edited: Mar 10, 2005, 05:10pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Otis McGhee

Has anyone else had the problem of asusprobe crashing their pc to POST everytime it tries to start?
>>>How about not coming up at all?
I can run all other asus utilities except probe for some reason. Other than that my system is running smooth. Thanks for the help.
>>>Did you uninstall it in add remove programs, then remove the probe folder in C:\Program Files\ASUS, reboot, then try to install again? Reduce hardware acceleration and uncheck Enable write combining in Display Properties>Advanced >Troubleshoot tab, if the above fails to see if it clears. We'll take it from there.

Mike :)


joe doe Mar 10, 2005, 05:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hey mike im getting an error message saying the nvidia display stoped working and freezes do you want to fix my computer and I'll pay you big buck fot it?whatever it takes.
I have amd 64 55 fx
2 ultra cards
etc
I got the cash
lol

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Edited: Mar 10, 2005, 05:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
joe doe

Now why would I take your money after giving free advice to everyone else?
That wouldn't be fair, so I will help for free as usual.

My G.Skill RAM is in from the US, and I need to go pick it up first Then I'm giving a one on one A8N-SLI FREE consultation over the phone at 9:00 PM, for a member of this forum. I will be free in the morning to help if you want.

Mike :)

joe doe Mar 10, 2005, 06:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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well ok, its hard for me to keep going back and fourth with letters, but If I could talk to you or maybe tomorrow and tell you what is going on with my pc, I don't think its a big problem, I think you can solve it very easy because you did you system and you seem to know alot about this subject unlike me. I would be very greatful if you can help me so tell me what do you want me to do to get in contact with you?
thanks againg

Robert Taylor Mar 10, 2005, 06:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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First, Specs:

Asus A8N Sli Deluxe
Athlon 64 3000+
2x 512m Kingston PC3200 on A-1 and B-1
1x 6600 gt
Thermaltake XP480 400-watt PSU that came with my Thermaltake TsunamiDream Case
(drives aren't important because I never managed to get far enough to install them)

(Now, I realize that one of my problems right off the bat is the PSU, but I'm a typical Poor Starving College Student, and I need to find out if I need to take back the mobo before I'm going to get enough money in order to invest in a decent PSU)

Here's my story so far--

Got the parts from different family members for late christmas presents, and when my backordered a8n deluxe came in I was overjoyed to put it together :) ...took my time putting it together, and after I had everything in, I decided to fire it up to see if it would boot. Plugged it in, turned it on, and voila! It started, and ran.. for about 5 seconds.

Went through standard routine of checking to make everything was secure, in properly, and that the PSU was set on 115 not 230, which it wasn't. Tried it again. Same thing. So, I pulled everything out of it, and decided to start from the top, to see if I could determine if something was either bad or not installed properly, and began again.

With an empty case and only the CPU connected, I started it once again, to see if I could get a no-ram beep, and if it would stay on. It did, it ran for about 30 seconds--at which point I was treated to a nice burning smell. I cut the power instantly, and investigated with my nose--two of the capacitors in the upper right corner of the mobo(near power connector/ram slots) were emitting the smell, and burnt my finger when I lightly touched the top of one of them. I called tech support, but was redirected to the RMA department because the tech lines were full--described my problem, and they wanted it back. I then contacted ZipZoomFly(who I bought it from) and told them the situation--they told me to send it back to them, instead, so I did. Packed it up and sent it back. Got it back a few weeks later. It's the same board, with the two capacitors replaced. I tried it again, and I had the same scenario result. No burnt capacitors, but it still won't boot. Stays on for about 10 seconds or so.

Any ideas? Is the board fine, and I simply don't have enough power? Do I try and get a replacement? Is the CPU possibly damaged? I'm a little lost here.

Thanks for taking the time ro read, and for any suggestions in advance. :)

~Bob

asylum asylum Mar 10, 2005, 09:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Has anyone had any issues with bios 1006

I have just flashed from 1004 to 1006 and it looks like it has forced my twin 6800 ultras to a core speed of 400 hwere as they should be 425 factory OC or they were with 1004

has this happend to anyone else? is there a work around or is it back to 1004

Otis McGhee Mar 10, 2005, 11:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Otis McGhee

Has anyone else had the problem of asusprobe crashing their pc to POST everytime it tries to start?
>>>How about not coming up at all?
I can run all other asus utilities except probe for some reason. Other than that my system is running smooth. Thanks for the help.
>>>Did you uninstall it in add remove programs, then remove the probe folder in C:\Program Files\ASUS, reboot, then try to install again? Reduce hardware acceleration and uncheck Enable write combining in Display Properties>Advanced >Troubleshoot tab, if the above fails to see if it clears. We'll take it from there.

Mike

Post Edited On: Mar 10, 2005, 05:10 PM


Hello again Mike. I did exactly what you said and when I went to reinstall asusprobe, it crashed to POST while trying to install! This is one of the most weird things ive ever seen. This pc for some reason doesnt like asusprobe, but 2 days ago it ran it fine. Like I said, I havent changed anything from the way it was 2 days ago.

Thanks again

Otis

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Edited: Mar 10, 2005, 11:45pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert Taylor

>>>List all your devices,drives (I would like to know for power reasons), fans, pci cards, PSU (24 - 20 pin 17 AMP) and specs as well etc...
Every little bit counts to set you up right!

Mike :)

Robert Taylor Mar 11, 2005, 01:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
-Mike

Alrighty. Thanks for the assistance, by the way. :)

1x WD 200gb SATA
2x WD 120gb IDE (pulled from my old system)
LiteOn 24x10x40x CD-RW (pulled from my old system)

..No additional PCI cards, actually. I don't have a sound card better than the onboard sound, and the integrated LAN is better than my old NiC. And I already mentioned the Video Card.

4 Fans total, all Thermaltake.
Slient Boost k7 on the CPU (http://www.thermaltake.com/coolers/volcano/rs/a1889b.htm)
For the case fans:
Front
(intake) 120x120x25 mm, 1400rpm, 21dBA
Rear
(exhaust) Blue LED fan, 120x120x25 mm, 1400rpm, 21dBA
Side
(intake) 90x90x25 mm,1800rpm, 21dBA.
(the above copied from: http://www.thermaltake.com/xaserCase/tsunami/bwa/bwa.htm )

"Thermaltake XP480 400watt PSU" -- The PSU is 20 pin, and it says that at +12v it outputs 17A, (if I'm reading it correctly.)

Also, it kind of bothers me that I can't find this PSU listed on Thermaltake's website. Hrm.

I'm not sure what else you'd need? Lemme know. Thanks again, btw. :)

~Bob

Edit: Oh, I also forgot that there are a few LED's under the front cover of the case. Shouldn't be taking up that much power, though.

Scott Meehleib Mar 11, 2005, 03:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Help Please,
I am trying to install XP Pro from a bootable oem cd. When I boot with cd in cd-rom drive the raid 0 array shows up and say no raid disc designated but right above it it shows that i have a raid 0 set up. If I boot without disc and ad it after it request boot up disc, I hear the rom drive start up but then it goes to blank black screen.

When I go into bios my hds don't show up on the Main menu but they do show up in the boot menu.

This is all new to me. I've tried different bios settings (pg 1) (default) and others but can get XP loaded.

I don't get any error messages.

Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
PC&C 510 Sli
Athlon 64 3500 Winchester / Thermalright XP 120
EVGA 6800 GT
NEC cd-rom
Asus dvd-rom
Seagate Barracuda 120Gb SATA x 2
1024MB Corsair DDR 400
Windows XP Pro SP2
Viewsonic VP 201
Lian Li PC60 Plus

Lee Butler Mar 11, 2005, 04:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Friends, Romans, Scientists...

I finally have my voltage problems sorted by the delivery of my PCP&C510 and the temp problems sorted by a much noisier fan :) and changing the PCI Synch to Auto from 33.3.

1. Now I am experiencing a weird issue whereby I get no output on the monitor from a cold boot. After it gets into windows, I hit the reset switch and the output is fine. By no output I mean that monitor turns itself on but complains that it can't display the current mode.

2. When running 3dmark05 I get the first 2 game demos, Return to Proxycon and the Firefly thing run fine but as soon as the 3rd one, the airship, cuts in I get lots of flickering all over the place. The temps aren't a problem, nothing is overclocked and it's not tearing or flashing textures so I am assuming it's a driver error. The game demo 3 must be doing something else to the 6800 Ultra GPU that the first 2 don't. I haven't seen anyone else with the problem though.

Asus SLI Deluxe Bios 1006
Dual XFX 6800 Ultra (tried various 7x.xx series currently 76.10)
PCP7C 510 SLI PSU
Dell 2001FP LCD Monitor
AMD64 FX55
Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2
Thermalright XP-120
Maxtor DM10 250GB SATA (NCQ disabled in Windows)
NEC 2500A DVDRW

Thanks in advance for the reply.

asylum asylum Mar 11, 2005, 07:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Anyone having problems with bios 1006 retricting the core spedd of there GPU ?

Lee Butler Mar 11, 2005, 07:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Which driver are you using? 71.84 would not let me change the core value at all and that was set to 400...

Todd Noway Mar 11, 2005, 08:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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After going to 1006 there is only one BIOS option under SLI. I don't run SLI but on previous BIOS's if I would go into the 2nd SLI option my system would freeze so I'm glad its gone :)

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Joseph Ringling Mar 11, 2005, 08:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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All, to anyone who gets their system up and running well, installs the latest nvidia nforce4 standalone kit & the latest graphics drivers which include DirectX 9c, but some how their favorite game runs like crap this fix worked for me. The problem is application specific, but I have a hunch it will affect a lot of high end graphics games that need to run against DirectX.

e.g.

Battlefield 1942 (and all mods like DC)
Battlefield Vietnam
Battlefield 2 (soon to be released)
...and many others

Symptom: You launch the game, go into Multiplayer mode and choose "Internet" to play an on-line game and your screen freezes. Often times the only way to proceed is to use Alt + Tab and kill the process or completely reboot because your keyboard & mouse eventually freeze up too.

This problem appears to plague Asus motherboards with AMD processors, but I have seen some forums where Intel Pentium processors were also affected.

Resolution: You need to modify the shortcut to the application and add append -heapsize and -dxlevel arguments. Otherwise either your memory will not be available to run the game properly, or your graphics card will not like the latest version of Direct X. In my case adding both of these arguments had to be used!

Here are teh steps:

1. Select your startup icon for the game on your Desktop. In this example I'll use my Battlefield 1942 icon.
2. Choose Mouse Button 3 (MB3)->Properties
3. In the Target field append the arguments noted above as follows:

"D:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\BF1942.exe" -heapsize 512000 -dxlevel 9b

Where 512000 = the amount of RAM you have (e.g. 512 MB in this case). This will work for most people who are running with 512MB.

My system actually had a 1GB stick of RAM in DIMM_B1, which where it should be per p. 2-11 of the A8N-SLI user guide. My arguments actually looked like this:

"D:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\BF1942.exe" -heapsize 1024000 -dxlevel 9b

Note: If your game has fits with DirectX 9b (which most don't, but if they do), you can tweak the -dxlevel argument as necessary to force the game to run at the DirectX level it was tested, certified & shipped with.

For Battlefield 1942, this is DirectX 8.1 I believe. I tested the argument below and it worked well for that game:

"D:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\BF1942.exe" -heapsize 1024000 -dxlevel 81

I pounded on this solution for about a week and ended up finding pieces of the answer in two different locations. Combining the two works great.

Tip: If you game is from EA Games there is another tweak you can add to your Target field. It's the +restart 1 argument. This one will make the marketing department at EA games all angry and p**sed off, but it serves them right for inserting such a RAM-drinking wasteful banner before you launch every game!

"D:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\BF1942.exe" +restart 1 -heapsize 1024000 -dxlevel 9b

When you launch the game now it will take you directly into the game. If your box is fast, you'll be ready to play at warp speed. If your box is slow and you hate waiting for the EA game banner & song to disappear this will be your savior.

Feel free to post this tip to all gamers. I have read stories about people with these symptoms who never found the answer and ended up buying another motherboard or machine all together. What a bummer they didn't try this.

Happy Gaming!

Joe


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