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asylum asylum Mar 13, 2005, 03:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks mike for the info on memory timmings etc

WOW the differnace between T1 and T2 is a big one in 3dmark T2 is around 200 points lower

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Hi all. Currently using a regular pci card for my video output. The pc is very very stable I might add. My first 6600gt is coming in the mail this week. My question is, will the crap hit the fan once I install the 6600gt? Is it the graphic cards thats driving this board insane?

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Edited: Mar 13, 2005, 06:43pm EST

 
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Sorry double post

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Edited: Mar 13, 2005, 09:00pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
OK, Thanks Mike.

Wound the card down to your recommendations. Peg is disabled.

No difference. I start Far Cry at a fairly heated moment and it starts glitching straight away, graphics are set to medium all. GPU temp gets up to 72c in the 40 seconds of play, very nearly crashed, but got to desktop in time.

BTW - 5v rail carries 40 amp, 12v - 17amp

RE: 64 Bit Windows Audio. My guess is your audio controller is fine mate. I dual booted 64 with XP Pro and could not get the audio working in 64 bit either, works fine from the pro side though! Its just that the driver wont install on 64 bit side, even the 64 bit version!!! Anyone got a solution?


ASUS P5N32-E SLI: G0 Q6600 @2.4: 2GB OCZ System Elite 800Mhz: 750GB WD, 74GB WD Raptor: 2x ASUS 18x D/L Burners: Palit 8800GTS Stock: ASUS 22" VW222U 2ms DVI WS: Antec P182 Case: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme HS: Corsair HX620 PSU: Vista Ultimate
Roger Wombat Mar 13, 2005, 09:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 13, 2005, 10:46pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
RE: 64 Bit Audio

Just thought of a possible solution. Seeing as the 64bit driver download is only 164kb and the 32 bit is many Meg, download both, extract them to the same folder (32 Bit first) allow the 64bit to overwrite and then point device manager to that folder.

Just a theory, haven't tested yet, feel free to tell me how it's just not gunna work!! :)

Tested it! :) Damn. Doesn't work!

The download file (ALC850_64_5721.zip) contains 3 files Alcxwdm.cat, Alcxwdm.inf and alcxwdm.sys.

These three files are also in the 32 bit version (different sizes). But the 32-bit has a lot more, including the realtek sound manager. BTW the 64 bit versions are also on the mobo disc.
Run the installation prog, seems to install fine, but after reboot there are still 3 unknown devices in device manager - Multimedia Audio Controller; Other PCI Bridge Device; Unknown device.
The realtek sound manager is installed and on its general page Says this:

Audio Driver Version: 5.10.0.5721
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
Audio Controller: N/A
Audio Codec: BLANK

Anyone actually got all the devices working in 64 bit yet? Obviously there is something we are missing!! :)


ASUS P5N32-E SLI: G0 Q6600 @2.4: 2GB OCZ System Elite 800Mhz: 750GB WD, 74GB WD Raptor: 2x ASUS 18x D/L Burners: Palit 8800GTS Stock: ASUS 22" VW222U 2ms DVI WS: Antec P182 Case: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme HS: Corsair HX620 PSU: Vista Ultimate
Robert louis Mar 13, 2005, 11:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
hi mike

I know most of you or all of you guys are trying to fix problems
while im here trying to figure out the best way to crash my FX 55.

stability check :)


a question how to optimize and make use of 2GB of ram.
would it be best to have my virtual memory really small
so windows xp will start to use ram instead?

Joe Munsch Mar 13, 2005, 11:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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First off, I gotta say, you guys have a great thing going on with this community.

I have built a new system based on the Asus A8n SLI - Deluxe. I'm using the harddrives from my old system, both are Maxtor drives, (one 160gb and one 80gb). My problem is, I cannot boot into Windows. I configured it to boot off the 160gb drive, which has a copy of WinXP Pro on it. It brings up the "there was an error booting tell me what to do screen" which has the options of booting with safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration, or boot windows normally. I have tried all of these options, but they all fail, and the computer restarts itself. When I do safe mode, the system always restarts during the loading of Mup.sys.

I have tried booting off of my master optical drive (Lite-On DVD+RW) using the ultimate boot cd, the Windows XP disc, and a Knoppix cd, but they all failed to detect the bootable cds. When I chose the cd-drive as the primary boot drive, the boot up process gets to a screen showing IRQ assignments, and then it just idles there.

How can I get my system to boot? I really do not want to have to reformat the drives, because I have valuable data on both of them. Thanks.

Asus A8N SLI - Deluxe
2 x 512 mb pc3200 Corsair Value Select
ATI Radeon x800 XL
Maxtor 160gb, Maxtor 80gb HDs
Lite-On DVD+RW, Lite-On DVD-ROM

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 14, 2005, 12:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Daniel Haaser

>>>Get a new drive, install the OS, then extract your data from those ones by placing them as slave (Burn to DVD etc... )You will not be able to boot from the current drives you have.

Mike :)

Robert louis Mar 14, 2005, 04:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
mike

my dvd burner is burning so slow (pioneer 109)
something wrong?
im trying to copy
one DVDR into another DVDR

the DVDR media im using is a princo or something only 4 speed.
but still it shouldn't take over 1hour to copy/burn???


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note:
im using bio 1004

my connection
primary master = pioneer 16x DVD player (didn't flash fireware)
secondary master = pioneer 109 DVDR (didn't flash fireware)

ok, if i flash it or not flash it
it shouldn't take over 1hour to copy 1 DVD.?

Jon Doe Mar 14, 2005, 05:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi guys great site. :-)

Can any of you help me with a problem, just built a new rig but I get Bios beeps at start up, well to be exact I get a Bios beep at start up, it's a long beep, say 1 second then a 1 to 2 second gap.
Anyone know what this issue is?
I've got a 3000+ Winchester and TwinMos 3200ddr 2x512mbs
a Maxtor 200gb SATA
and a Asus Geforce6600 256mb g/card.
The PSU is a Vantec 520w

Any help would be greatly appriciated.
Thanks

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Edited: Mar 14, 2005, 06:24am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert louis

>>>Set both drives to PIO Mode 4 or AUTO and Disable UDMA from the MAIN window in BIOS.
>>>Are you verifying your writes?

Mike :)

Lee Butler Mar 14, 2005, 05:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Can someone confirm that the SLI should work fine from port DVI2 rather than DVI1 on 6800u card 1? I was having these EDID problems with my Dell 2001FP plugged into DVI1 but changing to the second port seems to have solved the problem, at least at the moment.

Mark W Mar 14, 2005, 07:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 14, 2005, 07:36am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Pre-purchase question.

Im assuming bios updates will fix the problems when connecting sata optical drives.

But to what are you connecting these drives?
There are 4 ports on the nvidia raid controller. I intend to have 2 hdd's in raid0. Therefore to connect an sata burner I'd need to be able to define multiple arrays on the nvidia controller... does it support this?

I dont wish to purchase the deluxe version of the motherboard with the extra silicon image raid controller. I dont need the extra lan and i already have an 8 port sata raid5 controller. I cant connect the sata burner to the rocketraid 1820 that I own because I dont wish to run the burner through a card thats 1) Pci and 2) sata150.




PS: BOO to asus on not updating the bios of the non-deluxe version. Not acceptable. Anyone who can help me email them with complaints please do (I already have). These are the email addresses I used:
tsd@asus.com
tsd@asus.com.tw
tsd@asus.com.cn

Lee Butler Mar 14, 2005, 07:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mark W I think you'll find that the 1004 bios onwards is unified for Deluxe and Non-Deluxe.

Mark Hanson Mar 14, 2005, 09:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Sander & Mike,

I just wanted to confirm that I have just set up my new PC following the guide on page 1 of this thread, system is very stable & it does run very fast. I have run various full sets of SiSSandra, 3DMark01,03,05 in single and SLI modes, so far so good. "Out of the box" score for 3DMark05 was 9300. I had the worst fears after reading how so many people have had problems with this mobo, but I'm really pleased with how things have gone; the guide & discussion on this site are great & I'm sure it saved me lots of headaches.

My spec:

A8N SLI Deluxe (1006 Bios)
AMD 64 3500+ (90nm) + Zalman 7000AlCu HSF
2 x 512MB OCZ EL Platinum Rev2. (@2.5-3-3-6 1T at present - not tried tighter yet)
2 x eVGA 6800Ultra (71.84 drivers)
4 x Seagate Barracuda 80GB NCQ all running single RAID 0 array.
SB Audigy 2 ZS
Enermax 701AX 600W SLI PSU (System draws 299W running benchmarks as measured via monitor on UPS)
Lian Li V1000BW case

I'm just about to get going on Mike's guide on page 16!!

Just one question: What are typical idle temps for 6800Ultra cards in SLI? - at present mine sit at around 58 and 62 degree C

Many thanks again for the guide. [:)]

Alkemyst Darkened Mar 14, 2005, 09:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
My SCSI card failed this weeked hopefully that was the cause of occasional BSODs during dvd burns (all optical's are SCSI in my machine)...new card is being overnighted.

hopefully it was localized to the card itself. All my other pci's want driver reinstalls now and I don't have a cd rom to use :)


Kariage Kun Mar 14, 2005, 11:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 14, 2005, 11:52am EST

 
>> General Questions
Hi guys,

I have several general questions:

I'm new to RAID... My question is about RAID 0, it says that with it I can have faster transfer rate and more storage with 2 HD. How fast is the transfer rate? (is it really boost performance on 3D gaming? (how many more points can I accumulate with RAID 0 in 3DMark2005 or 3DMark2003?) how big my storage will be? (assuming I have 2 HD 80GB and I RAID 0 it will I have 160GB or less? if less what's the size will be approximate?) and does it display as one HD in windows or still 2 seperate HD?

another question is about system performance. I recently tested my system for stability purpose, I ran Nalu demo 6800 ultra for 24 hours (I have 2x Geforce 6600 GT SLI),,, it was smooth on the first time (~40+fps?) then after 20 hours running I noticed it started to get choppy (< 30 fps)... After I finished with my stability test, I restarted my computer and rerun nalu demo and it was smooth again... Then I tried to run 3DMark2005 as usual I got ~6420 points... then I rerun for 2nd time 3DMark2005 and boom the scores dropped to ~6250 points... but when I restart my computer again it went back to the original points. I was wondering if this a normal behaviour for SLI system?

EDIT:
one more question, for fan enthusiast... Here's my fan setup inside my case:

Front 2x 80mm fans are intake
Behind 2x 80mm fans are outake
Case Lid 1x 80mm is outake
2x Vantec Spectrum PCI (2x 80mm fans set at low) cooling for 2x Geforce 6600GT located next pci slot to each of my card
PSU outake
and my case is mid-tower.

I was wondering if this the optimal settings for my cooling system? I noticed several people install an intake fan on their case lid would outake will be better?

Kariage Kun Mar 14, 2005, 11:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 14, 2005, 11:54am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mark Hanson,

From what I read on several forums they said it's normal to have Geforce 6800 Ultra to operate up to 60C. Although I dont have Geforce 6800 Ultra here... however my Geforce 6600 GT SLI operates at 40C idle and 55C max load. Hope this will help :)

and also read your temperature from nTune instead of the nvidia forceware... I heard it's bugged...

Kariage Kun Mar 14, 2005, 11:31am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 14, 2005, 11:34am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi all,

I've almost read all the threads here (about 90%) and it seems many people have the HTT multiplier problem, for example if you set it at 4x and nTune read it as 3x... but when you set it at 5x, nTune will read it correctly... This usually happened when you change the DRAM settings, for example switched DDR 400 to DDR 333 or sometimes when you change the timings...

There are couple quick fixes for this... one of them as Mike stated just load nTune profile each time windows load... but for those who doesnt like that (me for example) here's how (I hope it's not been posted here lol):

1 Go to bios and set HTT to Auto and Jumper Free Configuration to Auto
2 Save and Exit
3 Go to bios again, and set HTT and Jumper Free Configuration as you desired...
4 Save and Exit
5 nTune should read it correctly now :)

I've tested it with bios 1007.002 BETA


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