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Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 10:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 10:50am EST

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

What I would suggest is take off both cards, remove the battery, move the clear bios jumper leave it for 1-3 hours and put everything back... see what happened next :)

usually this solution will do the trick for non-detected hardware on the motherboard...

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mark kerr Mar 18, 2005, 10:58am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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many thanks il give that a go

Dan S Mar 18, 2005, 11:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi guys,

I was just reading through some of the pages here and noticed some people talking about getting a 20->24 pin power converter for their PSU..... i have a 20pin power plug and was told that its fine to just plug it in to the motherboard and leave the other 4 pins without anything. Have i done something wrong with this? Do i need this converter? I'm sorry if this has been covered but i really dont want to read through the 75+ pages to find out. My PSU is the standard one that came with my case... the case is a Thermaltake Shark and the PSU is a Thermaltake 400W but i cant find this one listed on their website so i'm not sure on all its details (it does have some info on a sticker though so i might be able to find some stuff out).

Thanks :)

Cimmerian Freeman Mar 18, 2005, 11:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kariage Kun,

Thanks for the reply, and Yes you confirmed my thoughts. There is no way a raid 0 or an additional HD to improve the graphic preformance with so many points. Apperently I must had some sort of configurations faults somewhere.

A few idea's that could caused it.:

1, Not quite sure if I really did uninstall the nvidida drivers before upgrading the drivers to 71.84 ( on the old setup)
2, monitor drivers aint installed yet on the new setup. (using plug'n play drivers) , this is a a longshoot. I will install them when I get home. But its highly unlikely.
3, A clean install with correct drivers to begin with probably cleanup a whole bunch of drivers that could had been interfering with each other.

Once again.. thanks


Cimmerian Freeman Mar 18, 2005, 11:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dan S:

I have a 20pin as well, no converter. It works fine, However you need to connect to the EZ plug on the motherboard.
It is strongly recommended to get a 24pin PSU. I've been advised to do so.
But a 20pin works fine til you run SLI mode. I've also been told to try cover up the last 4 pins so it won't collect dust and damage the motherboard. but that would happen in extreme cases.



Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi guys,

I was just reading through some of the pages here and noticed some people talking about getting a 20->24 pin power converter for their PSU..... i have a 20pin power plug and was told that its fine to just plug it in to the motherboard and leave the other 4 pins without anything. Have i done something wrong with this? Do i need this converter? I'm sorry if this has been covered but i really dont want to read through the 75+ pages to find out. My PSU is the standard one that came with my case... the case is a Thermaltake Shark and the PSU is a Thermaltake 400W but i cant find this one listed on their website so i'm not sure on all its details (it does have some info on a sticker though so i might be able to find some stuff out).

Thanks
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Crispin Ali Basah Mar 18, 2005, 11:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This motherboard has been RMAed and I got them back last week. It has been working blissfully for a week until this morning when I woke up, I found out that my desktop froze. So, I rebooted the machine and then, there was no POST, BEEp and and there was of course, a a blank screen.

Not again.

After a few times rebooting, I unplugged the all the USB devices. Then, it posts and the BIOS (rev. 1002) showed a CHECKSUM ERROR. I went into the bios setup and saw the date kept flickering from one date to another. So I rebooted again and this time, there was no more post until now. I reset the CMOS and it still won't post.

I just spoke to the guy at ASUS U.S. tech support in Kentucky and he said the battery could be dead or the bios is corrupted. I just need a clarification here. Could a month-old bios battery be dead even though it was manufactured at around the second half of last year? If the bios is corrupted, how do I update it if I can't even post?

I did what Mark and Sander suggested in many posts ago that is to remove the battery and reset the CMOS for more than 10 seconds. I left it for around 20 minutes and still the freaking motherboard won't post.

I hope someone's with a similar problem and succeeded over it care to reply.

-Crispin

Sl1 Builder Mar 18, 2005, 11:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys,

1. Chaintech SE6600G

2. Leadtek PX6800 TDH

I was wondering if anyone has heard anything or tested these in SLi with this mobo.

I am considering getting (2) chaintech 6600gt's or (1) Leadtek 6800 now and then another when prices drop. Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, any problems you see with this current shopping list?

A8N-SLi Deluxe
Antec 550eps12v
Windchester 3500+ 90 nm
Thermaltake CL-P0075 Cpu cooler
Corsair 1gb (512x2) cas latency 2.5 pc3200 ddr400
Chaintech SE6600G x2 video cards -or- single 6800 Leadtek

btw, keep up the good work on the forum :)

Dan S Mar 18, 2005, 11:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Cimmerian Freeman,

Thanks for the reply. I don't have the EZ Plug plugged in currently... but i do not run SLI... so should i really care? My system runs stable now (finally) ... so do i really need to plug in EZ Plug or upgrade to 24pin PSU? I will make sure to cover the 4 exposed pins.

Sl1 Builder Mar 18, 2005, 11:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 12:07pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I would at least use EZ plug....take a load off the poor Cpu...
...and that would be temporary until I got the money for a 24pin

Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 12:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 12:52pm EST

 
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Hi Sl1 Builder,

here are few things you want to consider...

2x Geforce 6600GT:
+ Better performance than Geforce 6800 Ultra (ONLY up to 1024x768 res) proven in Doom3, 3Dmark05, and 3Dmark03
+Cheaper than Geforce 6800 Ultra ;P
- You might have some game problems when running in SLI mode (graphics glitches etc)
- Some games are not compatible with SLI mode therefore forcing you running with 1 chip (usually old games... hey who cares about that :P it will run smooth even with my geforce256 anyway...)
- 128 MB of memory... limit your performance for up to 1024x768...

1x Geforce 6800GT:
+ Cheaper than 2x 6600 GT ($10-$20 cheaper)
+ Better performance than 2x Geforce 6600GT at higher resolution (1280x1024 resolution and above)
+ Since it's in single chip, you dont have to worry about SLI problem (unless you buy 2 of them :P)
+ 256 MB of memory... (if you want 128 MB memory I say go for 2x 6600 GT)
+ Upgradeable in the future (since you have 1 extra PCI-Ex slot)
- Worse performance when running in lower resolution
- An upgrade could mean costing you almost another 2x Geforce 6600 GT :P
- Running 1280x1024 resolution and above with high resolution doesnt mean you be able to run the game smoothly... you need at least 2 cards if you want to go over 1600x1200...
- You're not experiencing the SLI technology :P

Bottom line:
If you play games 1024x768 resolution (like me) go for 2x Geforce 6600GT... Higher than that go for Geforce 6800 GT...

Hope this will help you :)

Athanasios Karageorgiou Mar 18, 2005, 12:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Latest news the BETA BIOS 1007 didnt fix my computer it just give it some extra time in games untill it again freeze and reboot this happen only in 3D applications.Anyone knows something?

A8N SLI Deluxe
AMD 3500+
2x512 Kingston 3-3-3-8
2x74 WD
Gigabyte 6600GT

Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 12:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2005, 12:50pm EST

 
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Hi Athanasios Karageorgiou,

have you tried the latest nForce driver from nvidia.com? they just released it yesterday I think...

If this doesnt help could you please post your full detail of your computer spec? (any PCI cards? what PSU? Temperature? etc)

hope this will help :)

Cimmerian Freeman Mar 18, 2005, 12:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dan S,

Yes, you definitly want to use EZ plug since you dont use a 24pin PSU. The motherboard require power as well, and what it is missing it can get from the EZ plug. Or you will probably see some instability.



Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Cimmerian Freeman,

Thanks for the reply. I don't have the EZ Plug plugged in currently... but i do not run SLI... so should i really care? My system runs stable now (finally) ... so do i really need to plug in EZ Plug or upgrade to 24pin PSU? I will make sure to cover the 4 exposed pins.

Sgt Torg Mar 18, 2005, 01:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Going to be a busy day :^) New NF4 drivers and new ntune, too:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/ntune_2.05.08.html

Further to Lee Butler's post, I too would like to understand the best method to apply new drivers. I have 6.39 installed and am running nvidia RAID, so my guess is: Install overtop of existing drivers? Wouldn't I lose my RAID array if I uninstall existing drivers first?

Not sure how this works... Any brave souls wish to try and chime in here with results?

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (1006 BIOS)
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
2x Kingston HyperX DDR400 512MB
2x Asus 6600GT 128MB
2x WD 74GB Raptor (RAID 0 on NVIDIA controller)
PCP&C Turbo-Cool 510 SLI
WinXP Pro w/ SP2
Sl1 Builder Mar 18, 2005, 01:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kariage,
Thanks for replying to my post. A few things I was vague about:

-The Leadtek is just the regular 6800 (~$289 on pricewatch) not the fast ddr but still 256mb.
-The Chaintech EN6600GT x2 for SLi (~$185 x2, pricewatch)
- If I do go with the Leadtek, I will get another one within a couple months...

This means I can save 100 now if I go with single 6800. of course it will be more in long run ;p...unless I wait a lonnng time to buy second 6800.

I was wondering if either of these cards have good results with the a8n-sli, or to stay away from these models and go with something that is approved by this forum.

Just wondering are any of my components blacklisted here as problematic, not tested, or good results with this mobo?????

thanks everyone

SHOPPING LIST:
winchester 90nm 3500
a8n-sli deluxe
antec 550eps12v
thermaltake CL-P0075 hsf
corsair 1gb 512x2 cas latency 2.5
CHAINTECH EN6600G 128mb video cards (in SLi)

Alkemyst Darkened Mar 18, 2005, 01:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Anyone know how to get a SCSI card without drives on it to pass through in the boot? ASUS wants me to RMA my board, but I think it's a setting issue or BIOS fubar.

I have reflashed, cleared the CMOS, tried reseating everything.

I have purchased a new SCSI card and both work fine at the office.

The problem started after a BSOD burning a DVD and ever since if I have the SCSI card in the pci slot the bio splash screen comes up fine, then it goes to a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left corner (like it's waiting for the card to boot).

All onboard RAID/Ethernet/Audio are off.


Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 01:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Sl1 Builder,

Sorry I missed your previous post and thought that you're planning Geforce 6800GT lol... According to ASUS compatibility list (I'm sure there are more cards that is compatible with the board) Chaintec was not on the list... (you probably could have some problem with the motherboard and possibly required bios update etc)

If I were you I would consider buying 2x ASUS Geforce 6600GT they have high quality cooling and it's very overclockable (I got mine up to 566mhz Core / 1.2 ghz RAM in SLI mode and I also heard people suceeded at 570/1.2 and even 575/1.2)... plus you can be sure it's compatible with your Asus A8n-SLI motherboard :)

As for Geforce 6800, instead of going for 6800 I would suggest go for 6800GT or Ultra... they're much much better especially in SLI... As you can see (well at least in my area Toronto) 6800 is rare and probably it's hard to find this card in the future...

Cimmerian Freeman Mar 18, 2005, 01:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sgt Torg:

I'll give it a shot when I get home. I'll probably uninstall the nforce drivers, and the install the new drivers before I boot. Otherwise I suspect my RAID won't work without any working drivers. As far as concern nTune shouldnt be a big of a deal to uninstall and reboot and install the new nTune drivers.

I'll post my results later tonight.


Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Going to be a busy day :^) New NF4 drivers and new ntune, too:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/ntune_2.05.08.html

Further to Lee Butler's post, I too would like to understand the best method to apply new drivers. I have 6.39 installed and am running nvidia RAID, so my guess is: Install overtop of existing drivers? Wouldn't I lose my RAID array if I uninstall existing drivers first?

Not sure how this works... Any brave souls wish to try and chime in here with results?

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (1006 BIOS)
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
2x Kingston HyperX DDR400 512MB
2x Asus 6600GT 128MB
2x WD 74GB Raptor (RAID 0 on NVIDIA controller)
PCP&C Turbo-Cool 510 SLI
WinXP Pro w/ SP2

Kariage Kun Mar 18, 2005, 04:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Wow... I've just installed nTune 2.0 this morning and now they came out with new one... lol... I guess it's going to be a lot of updates this weekend for me :)

Vernon Gass Mar 18, 2005, 04:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just bought my new pc from Cyberpower.com

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3500+ .13 core
1 GB Cosair XMS (2 x 512MB)
Leadtek 6600 GT 128mb
WD 74.5 GB Raptor 10,000 rpm
X-Blade Mid Tower w/ LCD temp and fan control Black Paid $1,200
Upgrades
Thermalright XP-120
3 x Vantec 120mm Stealth Pro (53 CFM, 28 dBA)
True 430 PSU (supports 25 amps on the +12 rails) Using from old PC.

I have been hearing some problems with the Asus A8N SLI and getting nervous before my system arrive next week. I know this board is picky if you don't use the right parts (mem, psu watt on the 12 rails). I think this should go well with out any hicups. And yes I will need to upgrade my PSU if I go SLI and raid.


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