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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 01:38am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert louis

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

>>>Set to

Hard Drive
CD ROM
Removable
Disabled

Just for now and let me know if there is any change.

Mike :)

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blade0r Mar 20, 2005, 03:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: regarding the new driver release
Hello friends,
I wonder if it's really necessary to uninstall the video drivers in order to install the new release.
nVIDIA claims it is on the installation tips, but I don't understand the reason why.
Moreover, they don't recommend to uninstall the old motherboard drivers, which is really strange (you have to uninstall the video drivers, but not the mainboard's drivers you're going to update?).
Anyway, I just installed Forceware 6.53 on top of the old drivers and everything is working fine.
Best regards.

chris leamon Mar 20, 2005, 05:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I need advice here before i chuck the whole lot out the window onto the beach ! ok so youre gonna say i should have read the topic before i went and brought the components ......too late i'm afraid as i didnt find this site until i already had problems :(
To start from the beginning .....I wanted to build a new machine ....silent but fast...so i checked out cases and came up with the antec sonata ....next was a mobo and i have had asus for years so to make it kinda future proof i went for the A8N-SLI deluxe, AMD 3200 with an 80 gb samsung spin point SATA (quiet) and 6600GT geforce card and 1gb corsair twinx pro RAM ....oh and an HP lightscribe DVD rewriter.
So the case came through real quick from one vendor but the carrier for the rest of the parts could not find my address for 2 weeks (so i couldnt send the case back) so i decided to carry on with the build (after antec told me that the 20 pin connector would work in the 24 pin atx slot) well guess what ? it wont boot ! lol
I have stripped it right down gradually piece by piece to eventually just mobo and p/s and all i have got at any stage is just fans all working and a 1 beep error code (every 2 seconds) ........help ...what can i do ? I can send the mobo back as i only received it on friday ....or will a 20 pin to 24 pin connector work ? or am i wasting my time and money and would i be better off junking the 380W antec p/s and replacing it with a higher power antec one ? (I dont intend to play any power hungry games with this machine by the way)

thx all

Mike Weitsen Mar 20, 2005, 08:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Nothing past 66.93 works....
I had a rather uneventful build of my SLI box and all my games I've reinstalled (HL2/CS:S, Madden 05, Americas Army, Far Cry) work flawlessly. I just got Brothers In Arms and it was a tad twitchy and would BSOD upon exit, and upon restart, would wack my sound drivers around a bit. Anyway, I updated to the 6.53 platform drivers with no issue but cannot get anything past 66.93 to even load correctly.

My Box:

ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe (Bios 1006 - 6.53 Platform Drivers)
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI P/S
FX-55 Processor (Air cooled, not overclocked, Sander's tweak settings)
2GB of 3-3-3-8/2T Kingston RAM (It was on the HCL)
2x BFG 6800 Ultra Factory OC'ed video cards running in SLI (66.93 ForceWare Drivers)
Adaptec 29320A-R SCSI Controller (In Slot 3, No HostRaid, v3.00S7 Drivers) {Who needs SATA/PATA? :) }
Seagate 10K.6 73GB Ultra320 HD
Creative SB Audigy2 ZS Plat (In Slot 2, "Web Update" Drivers)
Antec VAR II case w/ 4 Antec SmartCool 80mm Fans - 2 thermistor controlled and 2 board controlled

I uninstalled the 66.93 drivers and NFR'ed out the few remaining video driver files left behind and rebooted. Disabled NAV, Installed the 71.84 drivers freshly downloaded from Nvidia, and as it was doing the post-install restart, it BSODed. Restarted, and the "Would you like to Enable SLI?" balloon appeared and upon ticking the enable box, it BSODed again. Restarted, and ran through the same process, and again BSODed. Not giving up, uninstalled 71.84, NFR'ed out leftover crud, downloaded Guru3D's 76.10 drivers and things got even worse. Still got the BSOD at the post driver install reboot, and upon reboot, I didn't get any balloon to enable SLI, and just doing a reboot caused a BSOD. Frustrated, I returned to 66.93 and everyone's happy again, with the lone exception of Brothers In Arms.

Anyone have any ideas?

(the other Mike)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 12:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
blade0r

I never uninstall my video drivers, just overlay, and I never have any problems either.

Mike :)

galandil@fastwebnet.it Mar 20, 2005, 12:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 01:03pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Great work this FAQs! However, they don't give me the answer to an odd behaviour of my mobo when I try to use my old IBM HD (ATA133) using the Seriller interface on the nForce SATA controller.

My configuration:

A8N SLI Deluxe Bios 1006
Athlon 64 3200+
2x512MB Corsair TwinX PC3200 2-2-2-5
Gigabyte 6800GT 256MB
Creative Audigy Platinum
Enermax EG701AX-VE(W) 600 Watts
1 CD-ROM + 1 Plextor 24/10/40 on First IDE Channel
1 LG DVD-ROM + 1 LG DVD-RAM on Second IDE Channel
1 Caviar West. Digital 160GB on nForce SATA Channel 1

Win XP Pro SP2
nForce Drivers 6.53 (only SMBus and Ethernet Drivers, no IDE or Audio and no Ethernet S/W Suite)
ForceWare 71.84WHQL

All the system is perfect (no delays, no BSODs, etc.) without the IBM HD. As soon as I try to connect the IBM Driver using a Seriller interface to the nForce SATA connector, sometimes the system hangs up, sometimes the HD is on and after a random amount of time it disappears (and again the system sometimes hangs up), and sometimes the IBM HD isn't even recognized by the BIOS detection.

Maybe is a compatibility issue between the Seriller interface and the nForce SATA controller, since I was using it on my previous Abit mobo and it always functioned correctly.

If someone has any idea on how to solve this problem, I'll be glad to listen. :)

P.S.: Tried even to connect the IBM HD to the SiL Raid, it recognizes the HD but it does recognize it as a "bad HD", it doesn't manage to read it. Maybe I should try, after a full backup on the new HD, to connect it again to the SiL controller and using it as a single raid drive (is this possible or I need at least 2 HD to use the SiL controller?).

Any help will be very much appreciated. ;)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 12:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 01:00pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Austin Price
Mike Weitsen (less the BIOS question)

Are your video BIOS's the exact same revision numbers?
Is your Multi GPU Rendering turned on?
>>>Try this, without removing existing drivers create two files, nv4_disp1.inf and nv4_disp2.inf using a copy of nv4_disp.inf (37K) and put them in the folder C:\NVIDIA\Win2KXP\66.93. From here, manually update the drivers in the Device Manager. Point the first GPU to nv4_disp1.inf (37K) and the second GPU to nv4_disp2.inf (37K). So, the point here is two use two new files not the existing nv4_disp.inf (37K) and nv4disp2.inf (18K) and to have a .inf file for each video card. This does resolve problems, not sure if it will help you though.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 01:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 01:17pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
chris leamon

I assume your ATX 4 pin and your EZ plugs are connected and that your RAM is in DIMMS A1 and B1.

Do you have two video cards or one? I do believe you have one.
Do you have a floppy drive? And does the light stay on that drive when you boot?
Does your HDD light come on?

Use one stick of RAM in B1, and give that a go.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 01:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 01:31pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Galandil

Great work this FAQs! However, they don't give me the answer to an odd behaviour of my mobo when I try to use my old IBM HD (ATA133) using the Seriller interface on the nForce SATA controller.
>>>Was this drive ever used in a RAID sytem, mirrored etc.?
>>>Is the drive formated?
>>>Have you attempted to format when your board did recognize the drive?

Mike :)

galandil@fastwebnet.it Mar 20, 2005, 01:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike wrote:

>>>Was this drive ever used in a RAID sytem, mirrored etc.?

No, plain single use. ;)

>>>Is the drive formated?

Of course yes, I have yet a lot of data on it.

>>>Have you attempted to format when your board did recognize the drive?

Not yet, I need to recover all the data in it.

The point is: if I use the HD + Seriller on another PC (mobo Abit AT7Max2), it functions perfectly.
The formatting of the drive would be helpful if the BIOS would recognize EVERY time the IBM HD, thing that is not happening. Insted, the SiL controller recognizes it every time ad a HD, the point is that it doesn't manage to read it correctly. -.-

I'll try to connect the HD to the normal IDE controller, backup all its data, then connect it to the SiL controller and deleting it with the Low Level Format option. Then, I'll make some tests to see if it's an issue between the nForce SATA controller and the Seriller interface or something else.

Of course, if you or anyone else have any idea on how to solve the problem in a fastest way, I'll be very happy to hear it! ^^

Chris Giles Mar 20, 2005, 02:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 02:42pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike,
thanks again for you answers. I haven't yet sorted it out, but i must admit have been plodding along slowly. I havent done what you said... *yet* :)

The reason i havent yet done this is the RAID array contains quite a lot of data and took a while to set up. If at all possible i want to verify the h/w is ok before taking the time to rebuild the array (i had quite a few partitions with quite a lot of data etc, and will need XP reinstalling etc etc). I want to make sure this problem is buried!

You said "Remember where I said if the drive works in RAID it works! ", sounds good, but to me something it *isnt* working properly in RAID. When i run XP from the array i have a high likelihood to get a BSOD, and also it will start itself off doing one of these "restore redundancy" tasks (note this isnt very obvious - you have to check the task list in the sataraid gui - theres no warning).

As far as the registry suggestion goes - it happened with my 1st install of XP on the array and i have subesquently reinstalled XP on it fresh, so i dont think it would be duff data in there.

I can believe it could be bad metadata on the array, so i will be reluctantly following your suggestion to rebuild. I do have a fresh XP install on a SATA disk currently on the NV controller which i can use to access the RAID.

My plan is to:
1) complete testing the disks - then i will know for sure they're not the problem. I think you will be proved right :)
2) rebuild the array, thus including reinstallation of XP.
I thought since i had to reinstall, i might as well move the array over to the NVRAID. I noticed Sander's point that as its not on the PCI bus it should be more performant. Also whatever the true cause of these problems i'm not impressed with the SIL (could be drivers, h/w, s/w, certainly the s/w is poor). Do you agree i might as well move it over? Is the general recommendation for people who want 1 raid array to use NV rather than SIL? Anyone know if the drivers & support s/w are stable?

What is the BASIC / Dynamic setting you mention? I havent seen this anywhere on the SIL...

thanks very much
Chris

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 02:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>>>Is the drive formated?

Of course yes, I have yet a lot of data on it.
>>>I meant new, not with existing data on it from another computer.

>>>Have you attempted to format when your board did recognize the drive?

Not yet, I need to recover all the data in it.
>>>Good, you'll need to do it.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 20, 2005, 02:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Chris,

What is the BASIC / Dynamic setting you mention? I havent seen this anywhere on the SIL...
>>>Under Computer Management in Disk Manager your array will be Basic or Dynamic. The recommended setting for a RAID configuration is Dynamic.
Windows XP Setup and Disk Management ensures that disks initialized by Windows XP Professional can be converted to dynamic disks. Dynamic disks provide features that basic disks do not, such as the ability to create multidisk volumes, such as striped, mirrored, and RAID-5 volumes.

Mike :)

Chris Giles Mar 20, 2005, 04:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

thanks i'll check it. I have never changed any aspect of the array in xp disk mgr. I created the array using the SiL BIOS, and then partitioned it using both XP setup and Acronis Partition Expert.
(I was intending to dual boot it linux + xp, but the linux SIL driver didnt work (insmod fails) on Suse 9.2 which I had. Anyway, thats another story - least of my problems right now ! )

cheers
Chris

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Edited: Mar 20, 2005, 06:28pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi guys,

Update on the graphics driver:
It turns out that when I asked the nVidia site for the 64bit drivers it returned me a link to a file with the same name as the regular drivers (71.84_win2kxp_english.exe) and a different size.

Simon gave me a copy of the correct driver (71.84_winxp64_english) and both adapters installed fine and are working.
Amazing how installing the wrong drivers doesn't work, huh?

Also, on the random pixels I was getting on boot:
I reinstalled from scratch, and this time the drivers wouldn't install on my first card, so I switched my graphics cards and then they installed.
When I switched them, I stopped getting the random pixels on boot, and started getting them in windows (screen 2).
The card with the pixel problem also runs 5-10 degrees hotter than my primary, and I can't run nvidia demos when my desktop is extended onto it.

It seems to me that there's something wrong with the card. Has anyone else had a similar experience with a leadtek? (or any 6800GT)?

One more question:
Does anyone know where to find the "SLI enable" checkbox on the 71.84 drivers and BIOS 1007?

Thanks again,
Masked

marco matteucci Mar 20, 2005, 06:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Nvidia Nforce 4 chipset driver update (6.53)
Can anyone help me to update my chipset driver from 6.39 to 6.53?
Can I simply unistall "Nvidia driver" from panel control or should I follow a particular procedure in order to avoid conflicts (I write this because following Nvidia update tips I should remove also "Nvidia display driver"!?!)???

I had crashes (BSOD) using 6.39 Nvidia Firewall, nvidia LAN1 ethernet controller to connect my ADSL router, and running emule (fresh SP2 istallation with updated drivers), can anyone confirm this?
Using Marvel LAN2 ethernet controller with Nvidia Firewall disabled solved all problems of stability running emule.
Has 6.53 driver any kind of bug/problem till now? Do they solve this issue?

thanks very much!

Kevin Mayer Mar 20, 2005, 06:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Kevin Mayer

>>>If it works, don't, mine are set to Basic as well.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I have a question but I haven't purchased the mobo yet...I would like to ask whether will the IDE LED activity light will light up indicating hard disk activity if I installed only SATA hard disk and not ATA/IDE ones. I am planning to buy the mobo but I have a dillema about this problem because I tried installed only SATA on an MSI mobo and the LED won't light up when using only SATA disks


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