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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 19, 2005, 03:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
David Gardiner

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you want to change that's entirely up to you, of course there are fixes and updates within the BIOS that you might be robbed of if you don't change. Page 1 of this forum is a good place to start to help you make that descision. You can update your BIOS at a later time without having any serious issues if you wish.

Mike :)

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 19, 2005, 03:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Billy Langston

Go ahead and try 2.5-3-3-6 1T. If you get errors or instability go back to 3-3-3-8 1T. If you can't boot, remove your battery and reset the BIOS, boot etc.. Check your memory tab and display your info in your previous post with the timings. Frequency etc...

Mike :)

Billy Langston Mar 19, 2005, 03:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ok, changed the mem to 1T and left the rest as is. New 3dMark05 score= 8303
Better then before, but still not able to break the 9k barrier lol. I'm a bit skittish about setting the rest of the mem as you suggested simply because I've never had to remove the battery and set the jumpers to clear my BIOS and I really dont want/cant afford to screw anything up lol. On a side note, the Game test scores didn't change from the last test I ran. They remain stable @ GT1-36.5fps GT2-22.1fps GT3-45.4fps but my CPU score did go from 4585 to 5060 so that was a nice bump. Thanks again for the help.

waiting patiently for new Forceware drivers so I can OC my vid cards again,
-Billy-

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 04:12pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Billy Langston

If you want to overclock your video cards, just find out what others have gotten theirs up to (Stable) send me your .ROM file (copy of your video BIOS) and I can up it to whatever frequency you desire.

PS - Welcome to the world of 3DMARK 05. I'm currently in the hall of fame http://www.futuremark.com/community/halloffame/ #20 I was 18 yesterday. lol
I haven't tried to increase my score since I went cryo and got new RAM, but I will soon! I will hit the 11,000 mark when I do.

You have to learn to remove the battery and to reset the BIOS, not only for overclocking issues, but future issues that may arise not due to overclocking. This is a mandatory skill required by any person running a computer and or an A8N-SLI.

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 04:35pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I have 4 different .ROM file on my system atm so will need to know which one you need and your email addy. I had planned to follow your guide on page 16, however apparently the 71.84 drivers wont allow for OCing the vid cards with NvTweak or CoolBits. And yeah I do need to figure the battery thing out, just don't want to till I have to sort of thing...I'll look for some detailed instructions for it on the web.

Thanks
-Billy-

ADD-- Anyone tried using the AI Overclocking feature or the AI NOS feature in the ASUS BIOS? And if so, which is the better to use with my cooling I had listed-dont want to be able to fry an egg on my case :)

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 05:50pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
ADD-- Anyone tried using the AI Overclocking feature or the AI NOS feature in the ASUS BIOS?

>>>Probably everybody, don't go past 108% on AUTO.
>>>Copy your current BIOS using nvflash 5.13
http://www.mvktech.net/index.php?option=com_remository&Ite...lecatid=42
send the .rom zipped to mikethellend@hotmail.com

Just monitor your temps using ASUS Probe. If your CPU is in the 50 C range, ok, if you hit the 60 C range, time to be a little concerned, if you hit the high 60 C or 70 C range, be concerned.

ok, changed the mem to 1T and left the rest as is. New 3dMark05 score= 8303
>>>Your score will depend heavily on the GPU and Memory Core Frequencies of your Video Cards and not so much the computers CPU and RAM stock settings. Yes, they do make a difference, but without the increased settings for your cards, and increased system settings, (total bandwidth) you wont get the maximum combined effect your computer can deliver.(higher score)

Mike :)

Kariage Kun Mar 19, 2005, 06:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bleh, I hate to say this.. but I have to take back my words... for some reason nvidia forceware 71.84 only rocks after you first restart the computer... the second time I restarted; my score dropped almost 1200 points from the old forceware 66.93 and doesnt allow me overclocking in SLI mode (even with third party softwares :()

Time to switch back to old 66.93...

Masked Mar 19, 2005, 06:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi guys,

I need advice/comments/criticism on graphics drivers.

I am *trying* to use Windows XP64 RC2, nvidia's nForce 63.9 drivers, and the 64bit 71.84 geForce drivers.
I currently have the 1007 beta BIOS installed, and it has no option for me to set the SLI mode.

My issues are:

1) The device manager insists on calling my cards: NVidia GeForce 6800 Series (Microsoft Corporation) with driver version 6.7.6.1. I've tried installing the nvidia 71.84 drivers (64bit and regular) which seem to install fine but appear to have no affect after restart. I've tried installing the leadtek drivers, and the thing hangs for a few monutes and pops up a messahe saying "...maybe not LEadtek product"

2) Desktop settings show two monitors, but for the life of me, I can't get anything to register on my second monitor. (I'm pretty familiar with a multi-display setup on PCI/AGP systems)

3) No "SLI bubble" ever pops up on my system tray.


also... for clarification: Once I get SLI running smoothly, I should be able to switch it on and off in the systray to go back and forth between running one screen in SLI and using multiple displays, right?

Thanks again,
Masked
masked@gmail.com

Oh... and Simon, is there any chance of getting you on chat to discuss some 64bit windows stuff?

A8N SLI Deluxe (AMD FX55)
2x512 OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev.2 (OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K)
LeadTek Winfast PX6800GT TDH (x2)

dale fisher Mar 19, 2005, 07:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 07:51pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hey, I'm looking for a good PSU for my AMD SLI system. Do I need one that has two seperate 12 volt connectors or will just one connector due. I have a 480 watt Antec with a single 12 volt connector that has 34 amps.

Robert louis Mar 19, 2005, 07:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
hi hm

my computer crashed (blue screen( while playing unreal 2004.

it rebooted then it says it
something about my hard drive is not bootable please insert a disk or somesort.

ok i used the windows xp and did a recovery it works!

then if the pc crash again it would tell me something is wrong with the hard drive not booting.
sometimes i keep on resetting it and it works. its very strange.

its a 200GB SATA seagate (connected to the 1st nivdaa sata port)

whats wrong?

ASUS A8N SLI deluxe
amd fx 55 cpu
2 GB corsair XL pc400 ram.
200GB segate sata harddrive
leadtek winfast 6600 extreme video card

asylum asylum Mar 19, 2005, 08:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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For Info

Just installed the new 6.53 drivers and all works great still stable

I did not uninstall the old drivers just installed over the top all went well no blue screens are scarry messages

Cheers

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 19, 2005, 09:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Masked

also... for clarification: Once I get SLI running smoothly, I should be able to switch it on and off in the systray to go back and forth between running one screen in SLI and using multiple displays, right?
>>>No, you have to disable Multi GPU and reboot first, unless you have the new premium motherboard.

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 09:08pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert louis

Maybe you are overclocked to high somewhere, or you had a floppy in your drive when you rebooted.
What is your boot device priority?
You do see your drive Primary MASTER SATA 1 in the MAIN BIOS window right?
All RAID disabled right?

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 10:53pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Jeff Feiring

Page 1 of this forum lists recommended power supplies for specific systems.

PS - I'm waiting for a PSU that will have 2 X 12V X 20 AMP rails with PCI 6 pin connectors for video, 1 X 12V X 30 AMP rail and the norm on the rest. So a 3 rail PSU with ring core technology and all the bells and whistles. They will come out with one soon.
With a dedicated 15 AMP, receptacle (isolated ground computer outlet), which I recommend anyway, you would be able to run a 1500W ATX power supply. When the market comes out with a good 1000W including some of the specs I mentioned, I will buy a new one.

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 11:34pm EST

 
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I have the same problem as Robert louis, I'm using a 160gb SATA drive in the 1st Nvidia port as my drive. I also have an IDE master and an IDE slave hard drive, if that makes a difference. Anyone have a solution?

I haven't had any problems with crashing by the way. Nor have I overclocked.

A seperate problem: I installed the Nvidia ethernet drivers and Nvidia firewall. I was browsing the internet fine n' dandy for awhile, I downloaded the latest nForce drivers, uninstalled the old ones and installed the new ones. Now neither IE nor Firefox can access the internet (I told the firewall to allow them access.) I figured it might be a problem with the new drivers, so I installed the older nForce ethernet drivers that came with the board, and now those don't work either. What can I do?

[Edit] The disk not bootable problem only seems to arise when the hard drive is set as the drive to boot. The only way I can get the comp to boot is to set the CD-ROM as the bootable drive, and to leave the windows cd in there. It says "press any key to boot from cd....", I don't press a key, and it boots normally.

Sledge Hammer?: No idea, Athlon 64 3000+
Bios: 1006
Dynamic or Basic?: No idea.
Cluster size: no idea
settings: Extended IDE Drive: Auto, Access mode: Auto
I've never installed RAID drivers.

Also, I am currently on the internet without the ethernet drivers, because when i tried to install them, it locked up around 30%, and I had to restart the comp. Either they finished installing, or I didn't need them...

Thanks.

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Edited: Mar 19, 2005, 10:57pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Daniel Haaser
Robert louis

Do you have a sledge hammer? A little banter...

What BIOS'S are you guys running?\
Are your disks set as Dynamic or Basic?
What are your cluster sizes?
What are your settings in the MAIN Primary Master SATA 1 section?
What are your Boot Device Priority Settings?
Have you ever installed the RAID drivers even though you're not using RAID?

Please just edit your original posts.

Mike :)

Dean Edward Mar 19, 2005, 10:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I see the forum is expanding nicely. I havent been on for a few days.

I just want to validate Mike and Sander's advice concerning the importance of high quality PSUz for this mobo. I was stupid enough to ignore their advice on page 1, and was using an eBay special(Powmax 500w). Well, it was only a matter of time before it failed.(3 weeks to be exact.) I am thankful it only took out a PSU board capacitor on shut-down and didn't fry my mobo or vid. card. Please take Sander's advice on a tested PSU, even if you think you have a keeper. A wrong choice could make a nasty end of a great mobo.

keep up the great forum guys. your advice has been extremely valuable and I will continue to follow.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe(BIOS Rev. 1004)
Athlon 64 3500+,NewCastle,939 pin @2.21ghz.(stock cooler)
Antec Neopower 480w ATX12V v.2.0
2x Corsair dual 512mb,PC-3200, DDR 400
1x Leadtek(Winfast) PX6600GT-extreme(Core,553 mhz / clock,DDR3 1.125 ghz)
Maxtor 6Y160M0 HDD (163.93 GB,7200 rpm,8mb buffer,SATA)
LITEON Dual Layer 16x DVD Writer,IDE
LITE-ON DVD-ROM,IDE
Creative Audigy2 zs
Cooler Master,Wave Master case stock/w optional Antec 80mm blowhole fan.
Windows XP Professional(SP 2)

Austin Price Mar 19, 2005, 11:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am new to there forums and I'm not sure if this has been answered or not. But I just got my second Asus Extreme n6800 pci-e card and trying to run it in SLI is not working for me the way I thought it would have. I am able to use each card alone and they work great. 3DMark05 5000ish. When I connect both together things just don't work out so well. I have the Card Selector on dual, I've got the bridge connector, I'm powering the board with a 4 pin. But I'm still unable to view 3d applications without graphical tearing (almost looks like artifacting from gpu overheating). I am able to play City of Heroes without any problems, but when I try HL2 and or CS:S then my computer will freeze within 1 minute if in fullscreen mode. If I run any steam game in a window (making them run in 2D mode), then I don't have a single problem. Just wondering that if in the 1,000,000 posts that i have skimmed through that I might have missed an easy fix? I have tried drivers and drivers but nothing, switched the cards, basicly anything and everything that I can think of minus RMAing and formating. If any of you guys have any thoughts please let me know!
The following is a link of a review showing what I'm dealing with, just no solution.
http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=a8nsli&page=5

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 12:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Daniel Haaser

What drive do you wish to boot from, SATA or IDE?
I think your problems are in your settings and methods of creating a bootable drive. If you wish I will help you resolve your issue but in MSN only. This is not something we can go back and forth on in this forum.

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 01:31am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
hi mike

no i dont have a floppy drive.
boot device priority is
removeable
CD-ROM
HARD DRIVE

99% of the times i see the MASTER SATA1
sometimes it disapears
its very weird!

-ALL raid are disabled, never installed the raid drivers.
-never clocked.
-using bio 1004.


---forgot to tell you (if this helps)
i have
1 x primary MASTER IDE - pioneer DVDR
1 x secondary Master IDE - pioneer 16x cd rom.

--
i might just update the bio and motherboard drivers/graphic drivers
maybe that might help.


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