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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 09:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
C P

Are you using 66.93 drivers? If not go back to them for now till we fix your problem.

Mike :)

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Ian Colley Mar 26, 2005, 09:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 10:04am EST

 
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Mike

Thanks for the prompt reply

What I have done is re-install windows on a spare PATA drive I had and stick both the SATA DiamondMax drives on the NVIDIA connectors and set them up as RAID 0.

OK firstly if i install the SW IDE driver which is part of the nforce drivers then windows does not start - so I've uninstalled those.

In Disk Management I can see the SATA disks individually (they appear as unallocated) instead of as a single large drive.

Tried running nvraidservice.exe, nvsataconnection.exe manually - makes no difference to Disk Management screen. NVRaidMan.exe does not show any drives in its window (presumably because the SW IDE driver is required for NVIDIA raid, which I can't load!)

Also tried formatting both drives as NTFS - that works, but I still can't install the RAID drivers

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James Dean

>>>Flash your video card BIOS's with all connectors in place and current or newer .ROM files.

Mike :)

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C P Mar 26, 2005, 10:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ok in an effort to clean out some stuff in the system that i thought may have prevented the option from showing, my pc now just continues to reboot. it gets to the f8 safe mode option screen and regardless of the choice i pick, the pc just reboots.

i removed the asus gui tool and the winfast gui tool, NOT the winfast drivers.

any thoughts on how i can get this back?


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What I have done is re-install windows on a spare PATA drive I had and stick both the SATA DiamondMax drives on the NVIDIA connectors and set them up as RAID 0.
>>>Good

OK firstly if i install the SW IDE driver which is part of the nforce drivers then windows does not start - so I've uninstalled those.
>>>???

In Disk Management I can see the SATA disks individually (they appear as unallocated) instead of as a single large drive.
>>>Great! Format them as NTFS and make them dynamic. Go to NVRAIDMAN.exe on your cd (same place as the other two files I pointed out) in windows and try to create the array there. If this doesn't work reboot and set the nvraid to enable and enable SATA1 and 2, and proceed to install windows and make sure you have the floppy with drivers created from makedisk.exe on it. Leave the floppy in till the system prompts for reboot and then remove. Of course when prompted for F10 create the stripe...
>>>Check all drives for errors after the format.

Tried running nvraidservice.exe, nvsataconnection.exe manually - makes no difference to Disk Management screen.
>>>I know now, they're there already

NVRaidMan.exe does not show any drives in its window (presumably because the SW IDE driver is required for NVIDIA raid, which I can't load!)

Also tried formatting both drives as NTFS - that works, but I still can't install the RAID drivers
>>>Device Manager under SCSI and RAID controllers, just periodically check to see if anything is there during repairs. Try and use your Floppy and add hardware in control panel > Next> Yes component connected > Add a new hardware device > Install Manually > SCSI and RAID controllers > Have Disk and point to the Floppy (NVATABUS.INF and then NVRAID.INF), yes to all, install both inf's from the floppy individually.

If you see the drives and they're working you are much further ahead than people I helped that were in worse condition.

Mike :)


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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 10:30am EST

 
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C P

I sent that email with the attachment and it was rejected.

What happened brother? Way ahead of yourself on that one!

Try clearing your CMOS again.

Mike :)

C P Mar 26, 2005, 10:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 10:35am EST

 
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yeah that was the 1st thing i did and no go.

i think i may have inadvertantly removed a driver.

do you think i should remove one of the vid cards and change ez to single and try again?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 10:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 10:51am EST

 
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Remove all un-necessary devices, mouse and keyboard only. Yeah try single video, clear CMOS again.

Mike

Ian Colley Mar 26, 2005, 11:03am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OK, formatted the drives as NTFS, made them dynamic, NVRAIDMAN.exe did not see them - so went into bios and enabled NVRAID on SATA 1 and 2. Rebooted - unknown device in Device Manager - managed to get it to install the driver off the floppy disk. Rebooted. Now have NVIDIA nForce(tm) RAID Class Controller under Device Manager. Still nothing in NVRAIDMAN.exe. Went into NVRAID utility (F10 at boot-up) and recreated striped array. Back in Windows, still nothing in NVRAIDMAN.exe.

Disk Manager now says I now have
1 200GB drive unknown and not initialised
1 200GB drive dynamic, formatted NTFS (g:)
1 200GB drive dynamic, failed

Gonna reboot again, check raid settings and see what i get

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Disk Manager now says I now have
1 200GB drive unknown and not initialised
1 200GB drive dynamic, formatted NTFS (g
1 200GB drive dynamic, failed

I'm pretty sure the failed drive is the unknown and not initialised drive.
Initialise the drive, there must be an option for that.

Right-click the disk marked Missing or Offline, and then click Reactivate Disk.
The disk should be marked Online after the disk is reactivated.

or

Using a command line

Open Command Prompt.
Type:
diskpart

At the DISKPART prompt, type:
list disk

Make note of the disk number of the disk that you want to bring online.

At the DISKPART prompt, type:
select disk n

At the DISKPART prompt, type:
online

The Unknown status also occurs when you install a new disk but do not follow the wizard to create a disk signature.

PS - So I take it your RAID drivers are in SCSI and RAID Controllers (Device Manager) with no faults now?
You're very close to getting it fired up, I hope you know that.

Mike :)

Ian Colley Mar 26, 2005, 11:31am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 11:32am EST

 
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Yeah, i reinitialised that disk no problems, pretty sure the 'missing' disk is just a windows bug - i can't reactivate it. Still no joy on nvraidman.exe.

I took the plunge again and tried re-installing the nforce chipset drivers, but this time *with* the NVIDIA IDE drivers, which it claims are required if you want to use the NVIDIA RAID function. Again could not boot into windows. I can't work out how my system is different to anyone else's - maybe a bios problem - i am running 1006.

Ian

P.S. RAID drivers definitely appear in Device Manager

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 11:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 12:19pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
1006.

Just for the hell of it, I would go back to 1004 and use the SW from a previous version as well.
There are other things we can try you know!
>>>Did you delete the missing disk and format the re-initialised one again?
>>>When you install the SW don't reboot and see if NVRAIDMAN shows the disks, if so create first.
>>> I would also remove the drive with your OS now. Install as per my last post, step by step, and see if you can get the OS on the NVRAID. When prompted to format if you followed the plan and you have both drives formatted then you shouldn't have to format new, just install. If need be re-create the RAID 0 again at the F10 prompt and do the format, full not quick. Please follow my post for the driver install from the floppy to the letter.

P.S. RAID drivers definitely appear in Device Manager
>>>One step closer than before right?

Man we are close, hang in there!

Mike :)

Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 11:37am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for your answers Prolix and Mike !

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.
===== I used the cable that came with the motherboard and said CD-Rom on the lable. This indeed wasn't an 80-conductor ribbon cable and I replaced it with the other cable that came with the MB and now the message is gone.

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..
===== Ok, so it wasn't a temporary directory, my mistake. I'm going to follow your advice and format windows, but is this necessary? I mean everything works ok now and the benchmarks are ok also, what can be wrong?

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.
===== When I used the systemrestorefunction, didn't that repare the damage I did earlier? When everything worked again I also put the directory back (it was in de trashcan).

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.
===== What firewall? The NVidia one or the one from windows? What can I do about this? (the computer isn't connected to the internet yet)


Well just because I can't be sure everything is ok now I'm going to do it all over again, just to ease my mind :)

Thanks!

Guido

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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 11:47am EST

 
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Guido MTB

WAIT!!!

Ok, if everything is fine now then don't reformat, leave it as it is. We can try and find the boot up problem first.

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.
===== What firewall? The NVidia one or the one from windows? What can I do about this? (the computer isn't connected to the internet yet)
>>>Both can be a problem. Disable the firewalls and connections in the Network and see if it boots faster.
>>>Uncheck any startup programs in msconfig that you don't need.

Let me know what happens.

Mike :)

Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 12:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I was about to format everything, so you were just in time :)

In the bios I disabled onchip "IDE channel 1" and "SATA ports 3 and 4", is this ok? (my dvd is on primary ide master and the harddisk is on the first nvidia sataport). This makes booting a little faster (14 times the blue bar instead of 15 times)

Where can I turn the firewalls of?

I'll get a list of all startup programms in msconfig.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 12:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Guido MTB

Sure, both firewalls can be turned off completely within their softwares, msconfig will have startup option as well. Just knock out what you can, this is a just a test to try and pin-point the problem.

Mike :)

Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 12:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well, I turned the windows firewall of in the configurationmenu, it didn't make any difference in booting time. Under programs in MSCONFIG there were 4: nvmixertray, nvcpl, nwiz and rundll32. Under services there were a lot more.

I couldn't find where to turn the nvidiafirewall off (I can't remember ever turning it on).

Thanks for helping me by the way!

Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 12:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok, I think I'm going insane.

I turned off the NVMixertray in msconfig (I did nothing else). Booting now only took 2 times the blue bar instead of 14. But when I turned the nvmixertray back on it still only took 2 times the blue bar ?!?!?

How can this be?

Clifford Cooper Mar 26, 2005, 01:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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re my vid probs from p85

right got myself a pci gfx card. perfect screen :)
so managed to install windows. ive updated the mb bios to the latest via asus update
managed to find the bios for the gigabyte gfx card. tried to do that but not having none of it. keeps saying not the correct card. think its seeing the pci sis one.
so tried to do it with just the gigabyte 6600gt but dont think it did it. as the screen is so corrupt cant make out whats happening.
also tried the dvi socket and showing the same flashing/corrupt screen.
cant test the card on another machine not until after the easter hols.
but does it look like the card is knackered


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