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Andrea Ma Mar 15, 2005, 04:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 15, 2005, 05:03am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi all.. well its a sad day for me :( I have had the board 4 a few months now and today my CPU turned up i was so excited so i hooked every thing up. I hit the power button and all the lights lit up on the board but i had a black screen on my monitor, so i shut down the power and checked everything. It all looked ok so i powered up again still the same. So i took the card out and tried it on the bottom slot and turned the ezy selector around hit power button and the screen lit up and the lady said i had some error buts thats ok i thought so anyway i shut it down and tried the top slot again still nothing. I said bugger so i put it on the bottom slot and now i get nothing @ all.. just a black screen so it looks like a dead board. What do you guys think ??

AMD 64 3500+
ASUS A8N SLI DELUXE
Corsair 1024MB TWINX-4400 (550Mhz) DDR RAM CL2.5
BFG Geforce6600GT

Bruce Bettridge Mar 15, 2005, 07:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
What monitor are you running (i know it sounds dumb but i have read of cetain issues with LCD displays on an initial boot)?

Kariage Kun Mar 15, 2005, 10:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike and Chris,

I just bought another HD for my new RAID 0 HD but somewhat I'm not really happy since I can't get my Athlon 64 3000+ running at 2.2ghz stable anymore...

Anyway I do appreciate for your detailed information... Thanks guys... :)

Kariage Kun Mar 15, 2005, 10:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Andrea Ma,

If I were you, as long as the system running stable, I wouldn't be worry at all. However, if you want to lower your temperature try adding some intake fans infront of the case since from I read and assume you only have 120mm fan and PSU as the outake. Also try to make the wiring as neat as possible (take a look at some of the Alienware wiring pictures and you'll get the technique :))... with neat wiring you could drop temperature ranged from 1C - 5C depending on how big your case...

Hope this will help you :)

Kariage Kun Mar 15, 2005, 10:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 15, 2005, 10:25am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi SIR-TOSS-OFF- A-LOT,

Does your system make a beep sound when you start it? 1 beep means everything is normal if there's no beep or several beeps then one of your hardware might be faulty or not properly installed. (always check your speaker connector first if there's no beep :))

If there's a beep here are several things you could try:
- try moving the clear bios jumper and remove the battery... leave it for 1-3 hours put everything back in and reboot...
- press del key as soon as the system starts see if you can go to bios...
- check your monitor (as Bruce Bettridge stated).. it might be as simple as monitor broke... if you have a spare monitor you could check your computer with that monitor... (remember LCD sometimes takes longer to show up the picture... my LCD for example took me about 30-60 seconds before actually shows the picture)

Billy Langston Mar 15, 2005, 10:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 15, 2005, 11:28am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
First off thanks a ton for the great FAQ. I've spent most of the morning reading and have gotten most of the way through the posts. Now here's my problem:

My system is stable and running fine on the 1003 BIOS with NForce 6.93 chipset drivers and Forceware 66.93 video drivers. SLI seems to work great even if my 3DMark05 scores aren't spectacular. I'm not currently OCing anything. I have tried to update my video drivers to the new Forceware 71.84 drivers and that's where my headache starts. After installing the drivers the Nvidia display app will not recognize my SLI set up at all. All it says is your system is SLI compatable but you must have 2 videos cards installed. I am using 2 XFX 6800 GTs purchased at the same time and with the same BIOS. Device Manager recognizes the presence of both cards and there are no conflicts. The system was working like a champ in SLI mode with the 66.93 drivers, but now I'm at my wits end on how to make things work with the new 71.84 drivers. Any help from anyone is much appreciated in advance.

ADD--I did go in and adjust my BIOS setting as per page 1. However with the 66.93 drivers, if I set my SLI configuration from [AUTO] to [SLI] then my second card was not recognized. On [AUTO] everything was fine. Now with the new 71.84 drivers, if I leave it to [SLI] in the BIOS the display properties says I need to install a second SLI capable card, but if I change it to [AUTO] it says to remove the non SLI card.....I am totally perplexed now as to why it works one way with the 66.93 drivers and will not work any other way even with the new drivers.

My system:

AMD 64-FX55 @ 2600 mhz
A8N SLI-Deluxe mobo with BIOS final revision 1003
1 gig Geil DDR 400 ram (2x512)
Antec True550 PSU
XFX 6800 GT PCIe 256 mb (x2)
Seagate 80 gig SATA
Seagate 120 gig SATA
Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS
Windows XP Pro w/ SP 2

Totally frustrated,
-Billy-

PETER PALAITIS Mar 15, 2005, 10:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Well, I updated my video drivers from the ones supplied by my card's manufacturer (Leadtek, v67.66) to the new ones released by NVidia (71.84) and I must say I was quite impressed by the performance increase (+15fps Doom3, +300 3DMark05). I wouldn't have guessed video drivers alone would account for this much performance-wise.

I do have a question about Mike's procedure on page 16. I do not have a "Clock Frequency Settings" option in my GeForce settings tab. Is this because I have a 6600GT (Leadtek), and not a 6800? Can I not change the clock frequency on this card??

Paul Bennett Mar 15, 2005, 11:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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mike can you clear up some more issues with the sound? that is the only thing that i cannot figure out, everything else is pretty good, got the usb ports to work....just deleated them in teh device manager and rebooted, windows reloaded them....what do you mean by look in bios and "disable AC?" also, why can't i get sound using nvidia drivers off the total driver package off their site? i have NO sound, with or without realtek stuff....if i try to point to the folder with the 64 bit drivers, it says there is a aproblem with the installation....i DO HAVE on board ac 97 enabled....do i have to disable this to use Nvidia Drivers? i have nMixer installed too as part of that total package driver thing off of nVidia's website....and once again THANKS A MILLION MIKE !!! Paul

Alkemyst Darkened Mar 15, 2005, 11:14am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Peter in order to get clock freqs you need to get the Coolbits Registry Addition....I dont have a link handy but I think its wherever drivers are available always.

BlackHawk Mar 15, 2005, 12:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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After RMA'ing my first motherboard which had a bad 2nd PCI-express slot, I had no problems setting up the SLI. However, I am now having a problem with the DVD burner (Plextor PX-712SA). Anytime I put a CD or DVD in it the entire computer locks up. The computer is completely stable other than this. I am currently using a Plextor PX-716A has my DVD burner (which is a IDE drive not SATA) until I can get this one working. If anyone has encountered this problem and knows how to correct it, I would appreciate the help.

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I enjoy every minuet of it!
Otis McGhee Mar 15, 2005, 02:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello all. Want to talk about RAID setups on this board. I read in the manual that I can do raid with good ole ATA or SATA. I read in maximum pc that there is no significant difference in running raid in SATA vs ATA. Im thinking of buying 2 brand new ATA drives and running them via raid 0. What do you all recommend I do? Is anyone else here running raid via the ATA? How would they be hooked up? 2 drives on the same cable, or one drive per cable? Where do my cdroms hook in? The whole reason I wanted to do raid is raid 0 for the increased read/write times. Thanks all

Otis

SIR-TOSS-OFF- A-LOT Mar 15, 2005, 02:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi. Kariage Kun and Bruce
OK i have followed Sander Sassen and SLI Scientist @ Work FAQ .I have tried 2 different monitors i have just used one stick of ram in every slot. been over the board a million times now. Like i said i got it to boot from the bottom slot once and when i put it back to the top slot now nothing,top or bottom. I get no beeps @ all. I have got power to the M/B and thats all.My power supply is a ANTEC 480 w so i am realy lost in what to do. Where i come from its a bit hard to get things tested, all the people i no have old computers well not old just they dont have PCIex. I hope i dont have to send all my parts back it would take weeks:(

Cheers SIR-TOSS-OFF- A-LOT

Yeah And keep up the good work guys great forum

Billy Langston Mar 15, 2005, 02:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well, just got off the phone with ASUS L2 tech support and they were NO help at all. Basically they said you'll just have to deal with the way things are beacuse you have brand new technology. Wish I got paid that much to tell my customers at work that :P

I have flashed my BIOS now to 1004 and no problems. I tried using both the 75.90 and the newest 76.10 drivers from guru3d.com and still no help getting my SLI mode to work. I have noticed a couple of things though...

With SLI set to [AUTO] and the 66.93 drivers the Nvidia display says my SLI is functioning properly. However, when I went to run 3dMark05 and checked my system information, only 1 GPU is listed (this even after setting the SLI to Multi-GPU) and on the Nvidia display tab it lists my Bus as PCIe x16. Is that right with SLI and Multi-GPU on?

when I was trying the 71.84 drivers, even though the Nvidia display would not recognize my SLI it listed my Bus as PCIe x8 after I forced the SLI configuration in BIOS to [SLI] instead of [AUTO]. I'm very concerned now because it appears that even though the Nvidia display properties says my SLI is functioning I'm thinking it's really not. Hope this sheds a little more light on my situatuation.

My original post is on page 72 btw.

-Billy-

Kariage Kun Mar 15, 2005, 03:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 15, 2005, 04:03pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi SIR-TOSS-OFF- A-LOT,

it seems you've narrowed down the problem to four parts and the culprit could be one - four of these (I sorted the problem from the most suspicious (top) to the least (bottom)):
- Motherboard
- RAM
- Video Card
- CPU

Since the most common problem computer won't boot up is neither Motherboard nor RAM I would try following:
- Clear the CMOS using the jumper and remove the battery leave it for 1-3 hours and put back everything see if it boot up... (incase if you haven't done it)

- Remove the RAM from the motherboard and turn the computer on... if the motherboard makes several beeps then it MOST likely it's your RAM... to make sure bring the RAM to other computer or friends or whatever and see if the computer boot up with that RAM... If it boots up then it could be your motherboard or other parts... if the motherboard doesnt make several beeps RMA the board...

- Put back the RAM into motherboard and do Video Card test which is the same as RAM...

- CPU which more likely less common problem (unless you overclocked it :)) samething again :P

it's a very hard process to find the culprit unless you have a lot of spare parts... I hope this will help or probably someone have a better idea :)

Kariage Kun Mar 15, 2005, 03:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Billy,

here are several things you could try...

- Update your ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe bios to 1006 or 1007.002 BETA (I doubt it will work though) In this Bios there will be no SLI selection. Make sure you flash it thru ASUS update program so it will reset all the memories remained in the previous bios...

- Uninstall the Nvidia driver and use the Nvidia driver cleaner (Someone mentioned it on somewhere on this forum) and Reinstall the driver... or another alternative, probably better, reinstall windows and reinstall the driver :P

I hope this will help you... the worst solution probably go back to 66.93 driver...

Duane Hall Mar 15, 2005, 04:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Daniel Haaser,

In addition to the suggestions of our resident SLIentist @ Work (tm), I had a similar problem when I had both an Artec DHM-G48-SR 16X DVD-ROM drive on my Primary IDE Master connector and a Plextor PX-716A DVD +/- RW drive on my Secondary IDE Master connector. With my Windows XP OEM disc in the Artec drive, my rig would hang during boot just after that IRQ listing. When I swapped the ribbon cables so that my Plextor was the Primary Master, then I could boot off of the disc.

Turns out that the ASUS motherboard IDE connectors are rated as Ultra DMA 66/100/133 and my Artec drive is an Ultra DMA 33 drive, so I am pretty certain that the Artec was incompatible with the mobo. I then purchased an ASUS DVD-E616P1 DVD-ROM drive that has a higher Ultra DMA spec than the Artec and I was able to boot into XP using the OEM disc. I am pretty sure that your LiteOn DVD-ROM drive is UDMA 33 (don't know about the DVD+/- RW drive since you didn't provide a model number).

You can look at the Ultra DMA value in the bios by selecting the optical drive and looking at the "Transfer Mode" listed at the bottom of the screen. If it says DMA 2 or lower then you may need a different optical drive. Also make sure that you are using the higher density 80-connector cable instead of the 40-connector cable that came with the mobo.

Duane Hall

Billy Langston Mar 15, 2005, 05:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 15, 2005, 05:41pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok, I booted into safe-mode and uninstalled and re-installed the 66.93 drivers. I am still having the same situation happen---SLI registers in the Nvidia display properties but my Bus is still listed at x16 and 3dMark05 is still only reporting 1 video card. In my device manager though, there are 2 6800 cards with the same drivers and no conflicts. My system runs fine in ever other respect but I'm begining to think I wasted the extra$300 for a second GFX card that isn't working. :(

ADD--Forcing the SLI configurator in BIOS to [SLI] causes my Bus to reard PCIe x8 but Nvidia no longer recognizes the presence of my second GFX in the 66.93 drivers.

Frustrated all over again,
-Billy-

John Byrd Mar 15, 2005, 05:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok...
Got my system reformatted and added XP Pro (dual booted with x64)...
AND I HAVE SOUND!!
x64 has some issues apparently with the supplied Asus drivers.

The only question that I pose to you all now - where is my logo for Asus? Ever since I reformatted, i no longer get the Asus Logo to flash. (I checked the BIOS and it is enabled.) Right now the only thing it says is "ATOMBIOS" and gives something that looks like a model number (an alphnumeric line of characters).

Any ideas?

Dave Ballantyne Mar 15, 2005, 05:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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To All (who care :-))

To confirm i have a non deluxe mobo flashed to 1006.
Just thought i'd state that as no one has actually posted that they have done it.
And it did upgrade from the asusupdate util.

Dave



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