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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 10:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
John,

> Quick question for you or any one else on the forum willing to try. Can someone try a plain PCI video card in the A8N-SLI motherboard with no PCI-express Video cards.

I haven't tried as I have no PCI cards here, but it should work, given the fact that the BIOS does have a option to route to either PCI or PCIe.

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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 10:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin,

> slipstreamed sp2 and now it wont even install windows. just after pressing f8 to accept terms it gives me a blue screan.

That's odd, I'd strip the system to a bare minimum, just the motherboard, processor and hsf, memory and the video card, hd on the 1st NVIDIA Sata port and IDE cdrom. Then try to reinstall again by using the BIOS settings as mentioned in the faq.

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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 10:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Adam,

> Anyhoo, system boots up fine, and even activates SLi mode perfectly, with no problems, except one... Doing the normal DirectX 9.0c tests, both DD, and D3D tests, full screen only, gives me a perfect top half of the picture, and the bottom half is a mass of graphic corruption (fuzzy green lines).

BIOS issue, upgrade to the latest 1003 or 1004.001 beta and this issue should be resolved. I've seen this before with very early BIOS builds, such as 1001, or 1002 betas.

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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 10:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

> Do I need a PSU Converter 20 --> 24 pin? Or is a 20 pin working anyways. I remember I read about it somewhere here. Cant just find it.

No you don't, in that case plugging in the EZ plug is a requirement though, to provide the motherboard with enough power. Here's an image of how to plug it in properly (different motherboard, but you'll understand how it works).

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/image/11254/

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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 10:55am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Todd,

> Also I have a single XFX 6800GT PCI-E video card which has a STEEL casing along the top. I would have to remove 2 screws to expose the SLI connection. Even pictures on Newegg don't show this (I didn't get it at newegg). Is this anything I need to worry about? I'd hate to have this card NOT support SLI when I decide to buy another in a month or two.....

Return it, this is a card from an early batch that does not support SLI, so removing the casing and then plugging the connector in will not make it work. This could also be why your BIOS behaved funny when settings options for SLI, which should be set to 'normal' by the way when using a single card, so should the EZ card be on the motherboard.

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BlackHawk Feb 10, 2005, 10:56am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey Todd,
Yes my cards had the steel plates. There are two screws holding them in place, remove those and it will come off no problem. My system would not give me and output with two cards installed unless I first switched the bios to SLI instead of auto. Still working on getting windows to recognizes the two cards though.

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Thomas,

> Have tried a new psu on my A8n-sli and I am still having the same problem it just keeps beeping when I plug in the 12 v plug. Do I need the adapter to make it work?!

You plug things in when it is running? NOT GOOD! Supply me with a bit more info or pictures as I don't have a good grasp of what's happening here from your posts.

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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 10:58am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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BlackHawk,

> I have two XFX 6800 GT's. Both have the 5.40.02.36.08 bios. Device manager only recognizes one of them and the SLI option is not available for me to change in the cards properties. Any help here would be appreciated.

Set the EZ card to SLI and selected SLI in the BIOS as well? If so, it should just work, provided you have installed the drivers installed that are mentioned in the FAQ.

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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 11:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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BlackHawk, Todd,

Can you provide me a link to where you bought these cards, as mentioned earlier these could be from an earlier batch which won't work. I have two of those cards here as well, they don't work in SLI.

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George Kisslak Feb 10, 2005, 11:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well I'm somewhat back to square one. :( My SATA RAID 1 setup running XP Pro no longer boots, even in safe mode. It begins to load and just before the XP logo is shown it reboots. The only thing I can think of is I was running with a tiny overclock (205MHz) for a about a day while playing Star Wars Battlefront. Later I ran memtest86+ and found some memory errors at that clock so I backed off. I'm guessing there were disk corruptions caused by that clock that are now bad enough to cause me boot problems. Dunno.

So I'm going to reinstall and keep the clocks standard and see what happens. I've heard others complain about sudden problems with SATA stability, we'll see. Could I be experiencing an increasingly faulty NForce4 chipset? I seriously wonder about the heat this chip generates and it's overall stability. I know it's not the power supply! The PCPower&Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 is plenty. When I reinstall, I'll know better if it's corruption or a chipset problem.

For anyone else that is experiencing sudden SATA instability problems, ask yourself: did you run memtest86+ to verify that your memory is 100% stable before installing XP? and.. have you ever overclocked, even for a short while? and if so did you verify using memtest86+ that the memory was stable at those speeds? The first thing that goes bad appears to be memory block moves, which is exactly how DMA works. Nothing will corrupt your system more efficiently than this.

I'm using two Raptor 72GB drives in a RAID 1 config connected to the NVRAID SATA 0 & 1 connectors, and a primary IDE DVD-ROM. (I hope ASUS fixes SATA optical support!)

RANT - Mushkin black PC3200 222 memory is for the birds on this motherboard! I'm VERY disappointed. I've seen at least one post on another board where this ram worked, so maybe I have a faulty system. I've emailed Mushkin about compatibility and settings but have heard nothing. This memory uses Samsung TCCD chips. I plan to order some officially compatible memory and see hot it goes. Does ANYONE else use Mushkin??

--George

Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 11:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
George,

It could very well be that you indeed have caused data corruption on the disks, but since you're running RAID1 this means that the disks should also be out of sync, which is something the RAID utility or RAID BIOS should have picked up on (that's the idea of RAID1). Did you get any messages during startup?

As for the memory I'm not that fond of Mushkin, as I've seen many incompatibilities with their modules, OCZ PC3200 2-2-2-5 works fine for me, so you might want to give that a try if you can return the Mushkin. How's the PC Power & Cooling PSU doing though, noise? Heat? Anything else worth mentioning?

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BlackHawk Feb 10, 2005, 11:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the help Sandar. Here's where I bought the card: http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=vc-xfx-034

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George Kisslak Feb 10, 2005, 11:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Sander, the OCZ sounds like just the ticket. Can you provide the model # of this memory? Also, do you know if this memory overclocks? That's the prime reason I bought the Mushkin and the 90nm 3200+ instead of the 3500+ (or higher). Trying to get the biggest bank for the buck. So far shooting only blanks...

The TurboCool 510-SLI runs slightly above quiet. You can just hear the fan, but it's not objectionable. I have not had the opportunity to really beat on this new system though. Once I get to, you will hear about it.

In the meantime...

I have a TurboCool 510-ATX on my other system (P4C800/P4-2.6C/1GB Mushkin PC4000/36GB Raptor/GeForce5900XT) that I've slapped that around at 3.1GHZ overclock. There's a lot of heat coming out the PSU fan and it's louder than the A8N system due to the power draw and extra heat. That system is in a Supermicro SC760 case with a boatload of 6000 RPM fans so the PSU is the quietest of the bunch. I have the fans on a controller so it only sounds like a jet during HL2 and Doom3. :)

Later,
George

Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 11:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
BlackHawk,

They specifically list it as 'NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Ready' so it should work right out of the box. Have you called them and asked why SLI doesn't work, if they offer to exchange it right away rest assurred this is an older batch. Either way it would be a good idea to try that if nothing else works.

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George Kisslak Feb 10, 2005, 11:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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err.. that should read BANG for the buck, not bank. Although I wouldn't mind a big bank. :)

Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 11:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
George,

OCZ PN: OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K, PC3200 512MB EL Dual CH Platinum Rev 2, 2-2-2-5

I used them at the below noted url as well, if you fancy pretty pictures of sexy hardware, in this case an XP120 on the A8N-SLI with the OCZ DIMMs on the motherboard. They OC just fine, and I've been pushing 250MHz, at 2.5-2-2-8 at 2.8-volts, with them, not on the A8N-SLI yet though, I'm running that stock with a FX55 (as really, what's the point, fast enough as is).

Keeping that hot CPU running cool and quiet
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1770/

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Remi Holm Feb 10, 2005, 11:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander:

Thanks for the help.

I checked the bios on both cards, and they where the same. v.5.43.02.36.00.
I still have the same problem, but somthing has come to my attention.
In the user guide it pictures the SLI conector mounted both ways. I have put the J1 on the "blue"
PCI-E card.
Could it be the other way?

Remi Holm.

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Remi,

No, SLI bridge can be either way around, or at least it works both ways for me, it is just a 1:1 connector anyway, so all pins are routed 1:1 to the other connector, no crosslinking of any kind. Are you using the 6.39 chipset and 71.25 videocard drivers? BIOS set to SLI, and EZ card set to SLI as well?

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