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C P Mar 25, 2005, 10:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike

you da man!

it worked! i'll update you on my progress on the rest after my heart slows down and i verify bios settings.

thanks.

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C P Mar 25, 2005, 11:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
update:

>>>Jumperfree Configuration in Advanced
>>>What BIOS do you have? It's in mine, 1004 and I know I had it in 1006, at the very bottom.

my bios is now 1006 and i have the settings needed. i no longer get the HT error.

>>>When you disable SLI you will have two seperate monitors in the Display Window after a reboot. Monitor 1 is for card one and monitor 2 is for the second graphics card. This is purely a software alteration.

i now have monitor 1 and 2.
here is what i did.
i selected monitor one and then selected 1 and changed my settings for core and memory frequencies.and followed the rest of step 6.

3rd, in step 9, it says to select auto tuning Best Graphics Performance and click the gear button. there is no Best Graphics Performance option at all. why is this?
>>>Ntune has this option in the Manager > Benchmark and automatically tune my system > Auto Tuning >Best Graphics Performance.

i still don't have the Best Graphics option. is this a problem? i am running ver 2.0.19.5 of ntune


Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 25, 2005, 11:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
buddha mcspank

>>>Provided I have the right drive as you did not respond to my PM yet, set a jumper accross

GH - EF - CA
and after that
GH - EF - DB

Give each config a try.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 25, 2005, 11:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
???

install 2.00.23 if it's not in your present nTune.

Mike

buddha mcspank Mar 25, 2005, 11:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
thanks for your help mike. ive tried all the jumper settings possible and still no go. it must be a dead drive. at least it has a warrenty. thanks anyway

C P Mar 25, 2005, 11:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
i installed 2.00.23 and still no go on the best graphic performance option.

not sure what it could be.


Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 12:14am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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C P

Thousands of people have this software, I highly doubt it does not have it for you, do a little more searching my friend. Send me a pic of your manager.
mikethellend@hotmail.com

Mike :)

James Dean Mar 26, 2005, 12:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike, Thanks for your reply (page 83). However you did not say anything specific about the fact i mentioned that in Single mode, one of my 2 6600GT video cards will only work in the secondary PciExpress slot, (when i put that card in the primary PciExpress slot in Single mode the PC fails to boot). Could this problem be related to the fact that SLI is not working for me? And does it mean i should RMA that video card or the motherboard itself ?


AMD ATHLON 64 3500+ S939 PROCESSOR NEWCASTLE 2.2GHZ
ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE MOTHERBOARD NFORCE4-SLI
2x LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600GT TDH 128MB DDR3 PCI EXPRESS
CORSAIR VALUE SELECT DUAL CHANNEL 1024MB KIT PC3200 DDR CAS2.5 2X512MB
2x WD RAPTOR 36GB HARD DRIVE SATA 10000RPM
ANTEC 1080 PERFORMANCE PLUS CHASSIS 4X5.25IN 6X3.5IN 430W
WIN XP PRO (i have not installed SP2)

Thanks a lot in advance
g

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 12:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 12:42am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
buddha mcspank

Did you manually set the cylinder, heads etc. in the BIOS?
Did you try a new cable?
Did you install Powerquest Partion Magic to see if it would detect the drive?
Did you really try it in another computer?
Did the drive ever spin up?
Is your power supply giving voltage on that connector? Oh, you probably tested that with a voltmeter right?

You are giving up? Hmmm your choice!
I'm not the type to give up, so I don't understand that language...
RMA>RMA>RMA, people kill me. When things don't work they think they tried everything, I can assure you, you haven't tried everything.

Good luck buddha!

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 12:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 01:03am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dear James

I was most certainly on top of what you were saying.

>>>SLI is sensitive like RAID, if you know RAID then you'll understand that once you setup such a system, you cannot swap connectors or fix faults that happened in their original positions by swapping drives to other SATA ports, etc....
I guess what I'm trying to tell you is to treat your problem with repairs as one would do with RAID, clearing BIOS, Reg Cleaning, no extended monitor modes, primary monitor on the proper SLI DVI connector, reflash BIOS with same from that computer although they were flashed from the manufacturer. I could go on all night but I wont.

If both your cards are working
>>>And they are, just not in both slots.

then there is a high probabilty that your settings have caused this issue. I had the same problems with my Ultra's "10 FOE" and still managed to get my cards to work perfectly.

>>>I bet that card (not the one that doesn't work in both slots) was in the primary slot the first time you fired up your system. The other one, the one that doesn't fire up in the Primary PCI E slot was in the second one when you first fired up your system, and it works there right? So, this is a good start, leave them where they both work. Follow some of the steps I mentioned above and then there are about 250 other things we can try to get SLI to work on your system.

Mike :)

C P Mar 26, 2005, 12:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 01:06am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
i sent you a screenshot of the manager.

i just dl'ed 2.00.23.05 and it doesn't have the best graphics option either.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 01:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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C P

Cool! Ok, can you enable overclocking in the Display Properties >your card?
Had this happen to me once, I will think about how I got it to show.

Sorry I doubted you man!

Mike :)

Dave Luza Mar 26, 2005, 04:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ USB problem
My USB is still not working. In startup a there is this controler list flashing by saying USB Not Available.
In Bios, they are on, Windows says there is no problem with it. My system crashed down 2 times because of IRQ less or equal problem.
In the IRQ list there are several devices/controlers using the same IRQ number. SHould that be changed? And if yes, how?

Greets, Dave

Ian Colley Mar 26, 2005, 05:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Problem with nvraid

It seems as though some guys have been having some successwith nvraid - not so here :(

Have two SATA Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB - my intial intention was to run them in RAID 0 on the nvidia raid controller - wouldn't play. Windows XP Pro (slipstreamed SP2) would load the drivers on the floppy (that F6 bit) but when it got to the 'Starting Windows' line it would reboot on me. Loading the drivers in the other order didn't help either.

Then tried to follow advice in Nvidia RAID manual for Windows 2000 - i.e. Setting up Windows XP on normal drive, select that drive to be RAID and striped. Boot windows (got that far). Install nforce driver -that worked - but machine would not reboot back into windows. Have since isolated problem to SW IDE driver (required for nv RAID) which screws up windows every time i try to install it.

Am now running with the 2 disks on Silicon Image RAID controller - but appears that many people have had success with SATA NVRAID - esp the raptor disks.

Is it just the Maxtor disks? Any ideas gratefully appreciated.

My Spec:

A8N-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64bit 3200+ (Winchester)
Corsair (TWINX1024-3200C2PT) 1024MB (2 x 512MB Matched Pair), DDR400 / PC3200
Antec Sonata Midi Tower - Trupower 380W PSU
2 x Maxtor 6B200M0 Diamondmax 10 200GB 7200rpm Serial ATA150 8mb Cache
Benq DW1620 16x16x Double Layer DVD R/RW
Leadtek WinFast PX6600GT TDH PCI Express 128Mb

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 07:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 08:22am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ian Colley

>>>Did you create the NVraid driver disk using makedisk.exe in E:\Drivers\Chipset\WINXP_2K\Driver_Disk
E:\ being my DVD drive on a formatted floppy?
>>>Did you leave the floppy in from the F6 prompt to the bitter end, to allow the disk to be accessed a second time to load the balance of the files other than the two NVRAID S promt files?
>>>Do you see the drives in the MAIN BIOS window when set to SATA 1 and 2, not RAID?
>>>When you enable them as RAID and reboot, do you still see them in the MAIN BIOS window or are they gone?
>>>When you installed the OS, I take it you mean on an IDE Drive?
If you get to that point and you can get to windows, what does windows disk management say about the drives?
>>>In E:\Drivers\Chipset\WINXP_2K\IDE\WinXP\raidtool there are two files, nvraidservice.exe and NvSataConnection.exe, when you get to windows double click on these two files and go take a look in windows disk management again to see what's happening .
>>>Are you able to format the drives from either windows disk management or FDISK etc.? If you could format the drives NTFS on that machine, I think you will stand a better chance of getting the RAID drivers in to create your stripe.
>>>Have you tried MaxBlast 4?
MaxBlast 4 is a one-step, ATA/IDE hard drive installation utility. MaxBlast 4 makes hard drive installations and upgrades hassle-free for novices and professionals alike by automatically identifying, partitioning, and formatting any IDE hard drive, making it data-ready in about one minute. This version of MaxBlast is used on systems with already existing Windows installations to copy all your data to the new hard drive in order to use it as a boot drive, or additional storage drive. If you're building a new system, the MaxBlast bootable floppy or CD versions are recommended.

http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.3c67e325e0a6...yEULA=true

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 08:04am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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C P

>>>Do you have coolbits.reg installed?

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 08:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 09:17am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dave Luza

>>>Did you delete all Universal Serial Bus Controllers in the device manager then scan for new hardware and reinstall drivers from the motherboard, windows or device CD's?
>>>Disable USB in the BIOS, boot, then reboot and set to enable and boot again.
>>>In the BIOS change the IRQ Resources to manual in PCIPnp > Resources Controlled By.
>>>Disable and reanable Devices to randomly change windows IRQ assignments.
>>>Do you have any USB devices currently attached to the system? If so you should remove them till you clear this problem. Test after you try something, use a low power device such as a mouse.
>>>Spend 15$ and buy a 4 port USB 2.0 PCI card and install the cd drivers for that card, at least you will have USB and it may smarten up the onboard USB.

When you see NA in the startup screen, yes it means Not Available but not in the sense that it really is, it means windows has reserved it, it's still functional. (can anyone back up this statement?)

Mike :)

C P Mar 26, 2005, 09:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 09:24am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
yes i had coolbits installed and then i also just ran the geforce version of coolbits which seems to be the same file.

i am able to set the overclocking via advanced properties in the Clock Frequency Settings.

my version of ntune is 2.00.23.05. is your version just 2.00.23.00?

i saw screenshots of one that has the Best Graphics Option and it is a completely different GUI.

can you send me your version?

UPDATE:

i found an older version. dl'ing now from taiwan lol. it's ver. 2.00.20.05

C P Mar 26, 2005, 09:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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still no go on the 2.00.20.05.

i even stripped the pc of everything ntune and removed an ini that was in c:\windows.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 09:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 09:49am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Guido MTB

First a summary of the components:

- AMD Athlon 64 Winchester 3200+, Socket 939, Boxed
- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
- OEM 20 naar 24 pin converter
- Corsair ValueSelect DDR SDRAM, 1 GB, PC3200, 400
- LeadTek PX6600GT-EXTREME-TDH 128 MB, PCI Express
- Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 250 GB (on nvidia sata controller nr1)
- Pioneer dvddrive (on primaryIDE / master)
- Samsung 3,5" diskettestation Zwart
- Zalman ZM400B-APS 400 Watt
- Antec SLK3000B case

- A8N SLI Deluxe Bios Final 1006 (I followed the instruction on the first page to configure the bios)
- NVIDIA chipset drivers nForce_6.53_WinXP2K_international
- Nvidia Forceware 71.84_win2kxp_international

As I said before I have a few questions:

1. When I boot I get this message: "ide channel 0 no 80 conductorcable installed". What does this mean and do I have to do something about it? (It doesn't stop the bootsequence.)
>>>Buy an 80 conductor cable and put it on that device, I would presume it's the Pioneer dvddrive (on primaryIDE / master). Check your Onboard Device Configuration > IDE Function Setup > and disable if your not using that channel.

2. I had some harddiskproblems at first. When I'd installed windows (incl SP2) I installed the chipset drivers. When I did this it wanted to copy the files to another directory (c:\nvidia) and everything was fine. I installed all 4 drivers (sound, ide, ??, ??) (I want to use the onboard sound). After a reboot everything worked and I deleted the directory (c:\nvidia) because I thought it was a temporary dir.
>>>Big mistake

When I rebooted windows wouldn't load because the harddisk couldn't be found. I then tried to flash a new bios into the harddisk which should help, but it couldn't find the harddisk either. Finally I selected the systemrecovery option and everything was fine.

I'm stil wondering about why this happened and if maybe the harddisk is broken or something; why couldn't my system find the harddisk? I even tried to reinstall windows but this also failed because it couldn't find the harddisk.
>>>Probably not the hard disk, you deleted stuff and now you need to start over with the right settings and procedures to install again..

3. Do I need to install all 4 drivers from the chipsetdriverpackage? What are they all for?
>>>Yes, mandatory system files.

4. Are there any other drivers I need to install? (for the processor for example)
>>>No, just monitoring software such as ASUS Probe etc...

5. If I want to format my c drive, how can I do this? Because I can't get into DOS since I have NTFS.
>>>FDISK at the command prompt of a bootable windows 98 or other floppy disk. Use your windows CD and do a new install.

6. When I installed windows I got the option to do a fast or a slow NTFS format, what's the difference besides the time it takes?
>>>Quick is like deleting files in windows, the files are there and show up as free space, they're really not gone. A full format is more thorough, a millitary format is 6 times.

7. Should I turn harddisk indexing on or off?
>>>Default

8. I benchmarked the harddisk and the result was: on average 47 MB/s. Is this ok? (analyzed with HD Tach)
>>>Fine for one drive non RAID.

9. I got these 3DMark results:

3DMark 2001: 18850
3DMark 2003: 8936
3DMark 2005: 3951

Are these results ok?
>>>Yes

10. What other things should I check or benchmark or test (whatever) so I can be sure everything is working ok? (with reference to my warranty) (for example I really want to know if there's something wrong with the harddisk).
>>>You had it working right? Then you did some bad things like delete folders that were required for things to run properly, I mean you shocked your system. Now you need to start from scratch.

11. When I hadn't installed all of the above mentioned programs the system booted a lot faster than know. The blue bar on the windows loading screen came by 2 times at most at first but now it takes about 15 times of the blue bar coming round. Why this pretty big increase even though I only installed a few programs and how do I make this proces go faster? (how long does it take with your pc's?)
>>>Could be related to network or firewall etc. You need to start over, and don't delete anything this time.

Mike :)




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