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PETER PALAITIS Mar 17, 2005, 01:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Still having an intermittent problem with the board not being able to detect my keyboard during post. It's happened 4 times so far, and each time I have to remove & replace the battery to make it work again. The first time it happened was when I was playing with AIBoost, so I turned that off. But it's happened 3 times since. I've done two things that I can think of that may be having an impact on this, so I'm looking for suggestions on which one to un-do first. The first thing I did was to change my memory timings in the Bios from the recommended settings on page 1 of this thread to the timings supported by my ram: 2-2-2-5 and 1T. I can't recall if I had the 2nd keyboard problem after making this change, or if all of the subsequent problems came after the other change I made which was to follow the video o/c procedure on page 16. I'm pretty sure at least two of the keyboard occurrences occurred after doing this procedure, so I'm thinking this is what I should un-do first. Only thing is how do I undo it? Does the NTune utility load the o/c settings each time Windows starts and do I have to reverse all the changes I made, or does the Ntune utility only overclock the video card when you tell it to? Wish I had it here to play with at work.. don't get a lot of time at home to play around with this. Should have left stuff alone, but now I have this weird keyboard problem I need to fix. Thx for any suggestions..

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Billy Langston Mar 17, 2005, 03:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 17, 2005, 03:12pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok minor issue for you OCers out there. I downloaded CoolBits today in the hopes of following Mike's page 16 walk-through. Only in the OC section of my 6800 GT in the display properties, I set it to detect optimal settings and nothing changes. I attempt to up the memory manualy even 1 notch and run the test and it says test fail, your hardware does not support this setting. Any suggestions would be most helpful as I really want to break the 9k-10k 3dMark05 barrier.

AMD 64 FX-55 (939)
ASUS A8N-Deluxe SLI w/ NForce 6.39 chipset and BIOS version 1006 (set per page 1)
ANTEC True550 PSU
1 gig Kingston RAM (512 x 2) (3-3-3-8-2T)
2x XFX 6800 GT 256mb dual DVI out in SLI mode (350core 1000mem) Forceware driver 71.84
Creative Labs Audigy 2 Zs
Seagate 80gig 7200 rpm SATA
Seagate 120gig 7200 rpm SATA
Sony 16x DVD rom
TSST corp CD/DVDW
generic floppy
4 in 1 card reader
Windows XP PRO SP2
Cooling-- 2 120mm case fans -- 2 80mm case fans -- 1 stock CPU fan
19" ViewSonic G90f monitor
System price---under $3,000




Mariusz K Mar 17, 2005, 03:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi.
I have dvb card on PCI, when i plugin this card to Asus A8n SLI Deluxe I have only problems. Windows crash, and firewire chip (near PCI slots) on a8n-sli is so hot that one a8n-sli already dead. I don't know what is wrong, this dvb card works fine on MSI neo2 platinum, so this must be problem with Asus a8n sli deluxe. Is anybody have dvb card with a8n-sli deluxe ?

Kariage Kun Mar 17, 2005, 04:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Billy

There's an issue about using Coolbits for overclocking your card in SLI mode in Forceware 71.84... nVidia is currently fixing this problem... You have to wait until the next Forceware comes (2 months? lol)... in the meantime you can download third party software that will do overclocking such as powerstrip etc...

hope this will fix the problem and have fun overclocking :)

PETER PALAITIS Mar 17, 2005, 04:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Instead of coolbits try the new nvtweak.
http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/nvtweak/

Lee Butler Mar 17, 2005, 05:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 17, 2005, 05:15pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Just to let you all know that bios 1007.003 is out on the German ftp. As usual there's no info on what's changed but I am running it and I niticed that there is a new option in the DRAM Configuration to do with running 4GB or more of memory. Well usefull to the masses that one.....

Edit: oh and the SLI slect is back, this time there's Auto, Slingle Card and Dual Card as options

mark kerr Mar 17, 2005, 07:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 17, 2005, 07:18pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI unseen 2nd 6800
Hi, system has been running stable for weeks now, suddenly i boot up and get a message saying 1 of multi gpu capable graphics cards has been moved and sure enough its dissappeared from device manager too! anyone any ideas? many thanks in advance.
forgive my stupidity, forgot to add the green power on light is ON on both cards.

fx55
2 fx 6800 ultras
asus a8n sli deluxe 1 gig (2x512mb) corsair pc3200xl
enermax 600watt psu

Cimmerian Freeman Mar 17, 2005, 09:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
One question,

I have a 2nd Western Raptor SATA disk here. I want to do a RAID 0, Do I need to re-install the OS if the OS already is on one of the raptors? Or can I raid them now? if so, how?

I did try enable, and build an array, also made it bootable. But says it cant find the system disk.

Any suggestions before I blow up the OS? :)

SithTracy Mar 17, 2005, 09:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Not sure if this has been posted yet, but nVidia has nForce driver set 6.53 available on their site:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp2k_6.53


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Asus M3A79-T Deluxe
AMD Phenom II x4 940
Sapphire 1GB RADEON HD 4850
4x2048 GeIL Ultra DDR2 1066 (PC 8500)
2xWestern Digital WD6401AALS HD
Plextor PX-755SA
LITE-ON iHAS324-08
Samsung SH-S203B
Cooler Master RC-690
Cimmerian Freeman Mar 17, 2005, 10:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes, I know. But I cant find any information how to combine a second disk afterwards. I just bought one disk at first to buy a second disk later on. So I have already installed the OS on the first one just to play around with it. And today I got my second one and was wondering if it was possible to combine both of them now without have to re-install. I havent seen such information. The drivers wont help me, since I do need to enable RAID in the bios, and if I do that , then I cant boot.

Dont worry though, I just blew up the OS :)

Billy Langston Mar 18, 2005, 12:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 12:06am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks Kariage Kun and Paul,

I've tried the new NvTweak to to no success so I guess I'll just wait for the new Forceware drivers and see what happens. think I'll hold off on the new beta BIOS and maybe go ahead and pick up the new chipset. Appreciate the help though :)

AMD 64 FX-55 (939)
ASUS A8N-Deluxe SLI w/ NForce 6.39 chipset and BIOS version 1006 (set per page 1)
ANTEC True550 PSU
1 gig Kingston RAM (512 x 2) (3-3-3-8-2T)
2x XFX 6800 GT 256mb dual DVI out in SLI mode (350core 1000mem) Forceware driver 71.84
Creative Labs Audigy 2 Zs
Seagate 80gig 7200 rpm SATA
Seagate 120gig 7200 rpm SATA
Sony 16x DVD rom
TSST corp CD/DVDW
generic floppy
4 in 1 card reader
Windows XP PRO SP2
Cooling-- 2 120mm case fans -- 2 80mm case fans -- 1 stock CPU fan
19" ViewSonic G90f monitor
System price---under $3,000



Mark W Mar 18, 2005, 02:56am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Anyone running Corsair 1Gb PC4400 DDR550 TwinX Kit Cas 2.5 in their A8n-Sli?

Looking for verification that people can run it at 2-2-2-5 @400.

It typically can run at this, depending on the board. So how are the results on the a8n-sli?

Dan S Mar 18, 2005, 05:55am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kariage Kun,

I have finally fixed all my problems after spending all day on it!! I've been reinstalling windows (3 times), installing drivers, restarting, BSOD'ing, etc etc so many times i don't care to ever remember.

The BSOD'ing and the data corruption were two different problems.... both software. The BSOD's were caused by the nvidia firewall and network access manager software.... so i havent installed that anymore. The data corruption and timeouts were caused by my software firewall.... which is strange because i've never had a problem with it before.... my guess is that one of the latest windows updates has caused some sort of software conflict... anyway that firewall is no longer installed.

I also installed the new 6.53 nforce drivers that were released today so that might have helped in some respects too but i cant say for sure cause i can't find any release notes for it.

Thank you so much for your help! Been great :)

Lee Butler Mar 18, 2005, 06:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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New Nforce4 Standalone Driver Package 6.53

http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp2k_6.53

This nForce Win2K/XP driver package contains the below components:

Audio driver version 4.60 (WHQL)
Audio utility version 4.51
Ethernet NRM driver version 4.75 (WHQL)
Network management tools version 4.75
SMBus driver version 4.45 (WHQL) with updated uninstaller files
Installer version 4.60
Win2K IDE driver version 5.18 (WHQL)
Win2K RAIDTOOL 2.7 application version 4.82
WinXP IDE driver version 5.18 (WHQL)
WinXP RAIDTOOL 2.7 application version 4.82

I currently have 6.39 installed and am wondering what the upgrade method is for new forceware packages should be?

Should they all be uninstaled prior to installing a new release of package? Or will that cause the same problems as used to exist with nforce2, i.e. if you remove the IDE driver you get an unbootable windows.

Roger Wombat Mar 18, 2005, 07:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just wanted to say that I fixed my problem. (Graphics Glitching - System Crashing on 3D intense Stuff) The problem was a faulty card!!! Took back to supplier this morning and got a replacment, tested it there! All works fine now!!

Thanks to everyone who has posted on this forum.

Just a quick question though. On startup screen (at boot-time) where lists devices, why is the nvidia ethernet not displayed? The marvell yukon shows up when it is turned on but not the Nvidia, even though it shows up and works fine from windows!!!
Anyone with an explanation for this?

My Spec:

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (1006BIOS)
AMD 64 3200+
Leadtek PX6600GT TDH Extreme Version 128mg (1 only, and works fine now its replaced!!!)
2x 512 Kingston Ram 400Mhz
120 Gig WD IDE
PIONEER DVR-109 D/L Burner
400 Watt MGE LC-B400ATX PSU - 17amp +12 Volt Rail (No Probs with this config)
Logitec Cordless Keyboard + Mouse
Windows XP Pro SP2 + Windows 64Bit


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
David Gardiner Mar 18, 2005, 08:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi there was wondering if someone from the Team could clarify some infomation regarding my pc.

Specs

Cpu - AMD 64 3500+ Winchester
Motherboard - Asus A8N Sli Deluxe
Bios rev - 1002 Standard Shipping Bios
Ram - 1 Gig DDR 400 Kingston Cas 2.5 in Dual channel 2 x 512mb
Hdd - WD 8mb Cache Sata 160gb
Graphics - 2 x Leadtek 6600 GT Extreme 128mb DDR 3 with WHQL 69.93
Sound Card - Audigy 2 Standard
Power Supply - Topower 450 Watt [http://www.topower.com.tw/home/power_supply_atx12v.htm]
OS - Windows XP SP1

I have had this system for just a around 1 and half months and i would have to say i enjoy its performance to a certain degree, at the moment i have had to run my machine with just one GFX card as SLI seems to degrade my performance in most games especially CS Source huge drops in FPS on Dust in the main corridor leading to the Terrorist area.

With all the rant saying its just drivers causing the issue i wasnt convinced and luckly came across your board thank God. Reading this stickied topic on this mother board i was reading the guide going through the particular steps and wasnt 100% sure if i should comply with it and just give it a shot.

So the questions im going to ask are

1. Does the new bios 1006 increase stability within the system and also place me better off than the 1002 with a sli system.

2. The Hyperthreading times should it be set to 5X or left auto

3. HDD Smart monitoring i always thought was a drop in performance is that not the case.

4. All the new nvidia drivers including the Chipset ones will that actualy do me any justice.

5. Windows XP SP2 i once had that isntalled and it degraded my performance should i try it once more and some people have been saying there is some slight gaines in gaming performance, is there any tweaks i should undergo including disabling certain services.

6. Peg link mode with this current bios set i can only change it to slow all the way to fastest with the new bios will that be fixed to coinside with your guide.

7. The SLI setting that can be changed from normal or Auto or SLI, When i had my system running sli i couldnt set sli manualy it had to be set to auto for some reason. Have i done something wrong

8. The DDR Voltage is there a reason to run the ram at that voltage.

Sorry for the long questions my pc is in need of a format and was thinkign that ill do the whole lot in one day after i get some advice.

Thanks for your time and help

Sincerly David Gardiner

Cimmerian Freeman Mar 18, 2005, 09:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello again, I have a question, just to figure out what happened.
Last night I inserted a new Western Raptor 74gb Sata and re-installed XP pro.
Before I re-installed everything I ran 3DMark03 and scored 8000.
After , I scored 12000. I had no clue it would increase 4000 points for an additional disk. ( raid 0 )
Could someone explain what is happening here?. I am not overclocking or anything. no SLI.


See specs below.

Motherboard: A8N-SLI Deluxe : driver 6.39
CPU: AMD fx-53 (939pin) : Bios 1006
PSU: Aspire 500W (20pin)
RAM: Corsair 1gb
HD: SATA Western Raptor 74gb 10k rpm. x2
Graphic: eVGA 6800GT 256mb x1 : driver 71.84
Lite-on DVD
NEC ND-2500 DVD burner
Belkin Wireless network card.

mark kerr Mar 18, 2005, 10:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: my last post "Asus A8N-SLI unseen 2nd 6800"
Hi,
any chance of anyone having a look at my previous post " Asus A8N-SLI unseen 2nd 6800" and suggesting something? it really would be appreciated.

Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 10:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 10:55am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi David Gardiner,

I'll try to answer as much questions as possible... unfortunately I don't really know how to answer some of your questions so here I go...

2. The Hyperthreading times should it be set to 5X or left auto
>> OK to make this easier, CPU FSB x HTT Multiplier =< 1000mhz... assuming your CPU FSB running at 200Mhz then you should set it as 5x... if you overclock your CPU FSB to 244Mhz then it's better to set it at 4x (do the math :P)... For now I can't trust Asus Auto settings :)

3. HDD Smart monitoring i always thought was a drop in performance is that not the case.
>> HDD Smart monitoring does drop your system performance...

5. Windows XP SP2 i once had that isntalled and it degraded my performance should i try it once more and some people have been saying there is some slight gaines in gaming performance, is there any tweaks i should undergo including disabling certain services.
>> Mike FAQ on page 16 :)

6. Peg link mode with this current bios set i can only change it to slow all the way to fastest with the new bios will that be fixed to coinside with your guide.
>> Peg link actually increase your core and memory clock for your video card. Set it to disabled if you use software based video card overclocker (Coolbits, etc)...

7. The SLI setting that can be changed from normal or Auto or SLI, When i had my system running sli i couldnt set sli manualy it had to be set to auto for some reason. Have i done something wrong
>> No you haven't done something wrong... In bios 1006, there's no option for SLI or Normal mode... solution flash your bios to 1004 or 1007.003 from then you can change either SLI or Normal mode...

8. The DDR Voltage is there a reason to run the ram at that voltage.
>> If you're not overclocking it's better to let DDR Voltage run as your memory guide says (if you don't know it's better to set it as Auto)... if you're overclocking increasing the voltage will increase stability of your system... If you do Mike FAQ on page 16 it's better to increase your DDR Voltage (For example my corsair memory runs normally at 2.7V but since I'm overclocking my computer won't be stable if I run this at 2.7V and I have to change it to 2.8V)... REMEMBER if you increased it too much it might damage your memory... so BE CAREFUL :)

Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 10:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 11:00am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Cimmerian Freeman,

Wow.. that's really strange... getting 8000 points in 3DMark03 for single Geforce 6800GT that's pretty low (my single Geforce 6600GT running at 82xx points :P)... you must be missed a configuration before you install your 2nd Raptor :)

As for me installing another HD for my RAID 0 it didnt affect my score at all (except for the loading time :P frankly they dont mark that)...

Anyway good job for the big improvement... I always love to see that :)


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