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Sander Sassen Feb 10, 2005, 11:55am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Btw. 10-pages, close to 200-posts and counting, so rest assured that if you have issues with SLI you're not the only one. Keep those questions coming and lets make sure we iron out all the problems.

Sander Sassen
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Todd Noway Feb 10, 2005, 12:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 10, 2005, 12:56pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
"Thanks for the help Sandar. Here's where I bought the card: http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=vc-xfx-034"

Dam I bought my card also from gameve as it was $80 cheaper than Newegg !
There web site says it will work in SLI mode which is why I bought it.
Do we know FOR SURE anything with the STEEL bracket means it won't work? The card I have has a date of 01/05 on the white sticker on the BOX.

Lets keep searching on this Blackhawk so we can both return these cards if need be!

I have talked to gameve and they haven't a clue. They said to call XFX. They did say they would take the card back if it didn't do SLI as stated on there site (though they get that information directly from XFX).
So I have emailed XFX and will attempt to call them later.

***Update: I talked to XFX on the phone and was told ALL of there 6800GT PCI-Express video cards will work in SLI mode. The problem is they MUST be the same revision. He stated that people are buying them 6 months apart and having problems. The STEEL plate is only for protection. He also stated that vendors must open the box to check the revision (though I thought it was on the outside sticker on the box!)

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Remi Holm Feb 10, 2005, 12:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander.

>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?

I did not use the 71.25 driver, but are doing that now. No change. I do see that the bus is set to 8X, so the bus is running at SLI speed. Is it possible that it is running in SLI, but that i can not see it?
Thanks for the help.

Remi Holm

George Kisslak Feb 10, 2005, 02:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hey Sander,

So you're saying you have not yet OC'd these OCZ EL platinum rev2 sticks? Bummer. You see, I'm really hoping to OC about 20% on the A8N-SLI. I checked and these OCZ sticks are not on the ASUS approved memory list. I know the Mushkin black PC3200 L2 V2 sticks I have (not on the list either) will overclock in a P4C800 system, but not on this A8N. Both these of these memory models use the same Samsung TCCD chips, so I'm wondering if I'll have problems OC'ing the OCZs as well. Maybe - you could turn up the clock and run some memtest86+ runs and let me know the timings for a 240MHz clock?? :) I know, I know, you've got the hot shot FX proc so why bother... but still, it's in my blood, I can't help it. :)

George

Roger Williams Feb 10, 2005, 06:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi everyone!

I've still got the problem where my system won't boot first time but after a reset after a short time boots fine :S In conversation with Asus and XFX. Tried BIOSes and the FAQ settings but no luck and as I don't exactly have these kind of components spare I can't do any testing :( If anyone can shed some light on this it'll be greatly appreciated.

Anyway, just thought I'd throw in my two peneth on the cards with the metal covers. Scan stock a 6800GT PCIe card that isn't SLI compatible. Could it be that you have this card?

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=154668

Just a thought...

Roger

John Page Feb 10, 2005, 08:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Reid Bridges Feb 10, 2005, 10:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Well I am on my second board, the first lost 1394, Marvel Lan and all PCI detection. Got my new one installed it and all seemed to be working fine, so I pluged in my Sound Blaster Live since the onboard sound sucks, booted up let xp install the driver and system locked. Reboot it would not boot just cut back off. Pulled card it booted up,no 1394 no Lan no modem in PCI slot. Restarted and no boot. Put sound blaster live back in old system booted fine installed and is working. SO it seems this board has a serious issue with either pci cards or the Live card. I have heard others with the same issue. It seems a lot of those not having problems have no PCI cards installed? Am I right? This board is dead now I cant get it to boot at all. Tried 3 Power supplies different cpu and memory and even a PCI video nothing. Well I am off to see If i can get a refund now, so far I am out $208.00 for board $14.95 to ship the first one back, and now another $14.95 to ship this one back. Doesn't seem to good an investment. And oh yes I am an MCSE, A+, and own a computer store so you would think I would know how to build a system. Only other board I ever had issues with was another Asus. Should have learned the first time. And I have been waiting since 1/29/2005 for Asus tech support to get back to me. So it seems their support sucks to.

Kevin Estes Feb 10, 2005, 10:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander or anyone who can help....LOL I received my motherboard back from ASUS today. I rma'd it hastily because the system wouldn't post with the matched pair of 512mb OCZ EL platinum rev 2 DDR 400 PC3200 in dual channel mode. It would only POST with one stick in the B1 or B2 DIMM slot. Either stick would work but not both. I assembled my system again, successfully flashed the BIOS to 1003 final, and booted her up. Same problem system failed memory test. I am running the minimal sytem at this time (Only 1 6800gt).

Well this time around I decided to check the ram sticks one at a time with CPU-z and I got some interesting results:

Stick 1 Stick 2
Frequency 201.0 Mhz 201.0 Mhz
CAS# latency 2.0 clocks 2.5 clocks
RAS# to CAS# delay 3 clocks 4 clocks
RAS# precharge 3 clocks 4 clocks
Cycle time (Tras) 5 clocks 7 clocks
Bank cycle time (Trc) 21 clocks 21 clocks
DRAM idle timer 16 clocks 16 clocks

I'm not a wiz kid but I believe the numbers are supposed to be the same for both sticks in a matched pair are they not?

Could this be why I'm not able to run in Dual channel ram mode ? Otherwise system seems to be stable and operating fine for the moment but with only 512 MB of ram.Grrrrrrrrr!!
I think I've been stymied again! LOL
Any help would be appreciated.

Asus A8N-SLI w AMD64 3500+ Winnie
2 x 512mb OCZ EL Patinum Rev. 2 DDR400 PC3200 RAM
2 74gb Raptors in Nvidia RAID 0
2 x BFG 6800GT OC
Gigabyte 3D Rocket CPU cooler
PC Power and Cooling 510 SLI PSU
Matthew Wathen Feb 11, 2005, 12:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I just now registered and read all of the posts for this motherboard. I will save my opinions for now, but I just wanted to tell that guy way back on page 2 or something... about the Ultra X-Connect 500W power supply.

Box it up and take it back! Or sell it on Ebay! I've been through 2 of them on this rig, before I figured out that this board will kill it quick. I'm not OC'ing, nor am I doing the SLI just yet. Your best bet is to go with one of the recommended psus listed at the beginning of this FAQ. If you want modular, go with the NeoPower. And don't cry if you're missing those pretty UV cables, just buy some EL Tape. Or, if you're keeping your X-Connect, use those cables instead. They should fit, I think. Not sure, though.


AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Asus A8N-SLI
Chaintech Geforce 6600GT (just one for now)
Antec NeoPower 480

israel billiot Feb 11, 2005, 01:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander.

My A1 slot doesnt seem to be working. When i try to boot up only using that slot, i get nothing but a beep every second or two. When i boot up with both A1 and B1 it works and says i have my 2 gigs installed, but i get error messages saying that the game couldnt read memory.

Todd Noway Feb 11, 2005, 11:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well I'm using an UltraX 500watt powersupply and my system runs fine. My Sandra memory scores seem LOW though (5306 Int 5239 Float)
I have 2x512M sticks of Crucial Ballistix PC3200 set at Cas2226
My previous MSI K8N Neo2 Nforce3 250 gave me just over 6000 on the Sisoft Sandra memory scores.
Any ideas on why this is?
Also I have a BIOS freeze when I attemped to go into certain areas of the BIOS. If I go into the SLI config it freezes (2nd SLI option) If I go into change the memory setting (not the 2226 but the other ones) it freezes.
Running the 1003 BIOS

Antec Lanboy
UltraX 500w
AMD64 3000 90nm
Air cooling
XFX 6800GT PCI-e
74G Raptor
using onboard sound (The ALC850 isn't bad sound at all!)
NO PCI cards attached

I am a big gamer and have logged 6 hours of Battlefield Vietnam on this system without any issues. I actually LOAD the game faster than my previous Nforce3 setup with an AMD64 3400.

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Erik Eagan Feb 11, 2005, 11:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
To all that have experince with this proceedure,

>The power supplies designated with a * are needed if you want to run the A8N-SLI with an Athlon 64 FX 53 or 55 processor, two GeForce 6800 Ultras and two or more high capacity Serial-Ata drives. However they need to be modified in order to convert the 8-pin 12-volt connector, coming off of the 2nd 12-volt rail to two 6-pin PCIe power connectors, this is a simple procedure that means extracting the pins from the original connector and splitting them out to two 6-pin PCIe connectors.

My question reguards removing the pins from the 8pin adapter ( Antec Truepower 550), I cannot get the pins out. Is there a method/tool used to do this? I have tried pliers, and very small tweesers.

Thank you for your help.

Roger Webster Feb 12, 2005, 01:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
From a few days ago:

> I have two Asus 6800 GTs, which were shown on the Newegg site as "supporting SLI" What this appears to mean is that yes, you can run them in SLI mode (they have the bridge connections), but no, you are not going to be happy with the results. It turns out there are "SLI Certified" video cards, and the Asus 6800 GT is NOT on that list.

Sander replied:
What you need is two cards with the same BIOS, and by the looks of it your cards have different BIOSes, you can get around this by ordering two cards from the same manuf. at the same time. Or flash the BIOS to identical versions on both cards to get around this. SLI certification is basically a guarantee that both cards have the same BIOS and work together.

---------

They had the same BIOS. The problem with some cards is signal interference; this was the problem with my two original cards. Many people (including me) have discovered the hard way that non-SLI-certified cards generally don't work. Oh, they may work in some tests like 3DMark2001, but look terrible in Half-Life 2.

"Forewarned is forearmed."

ally burnett Feb 12, 2005, 03:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Let me add my thanks to Sander for all the help so far.

Question: Is it possible to boot from a single S-ATA drive (200GB Seegate) on the Silicon Image RAID controller? If so - how?

My reasoning is that I've 4 WD Raptors which I was hoping to attach to the Nvidia Controller for maximum throughput (as it's S-ATA300) - I also want to keep them clean to use them as video drives.

System:
CPU: FX-55
GPU: XFX 6800GT
RAM: 4x512 OCZ
HDD: 4x WD Raptor 74Gb
1x Seegate 200Gb
Power: Tagan 480W


Mark Fenson Feb 12, 2005, 07:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi All,

Well this board has been fun...

If anyone is having the No Post, No Beep, No Screen, Monitor in Standby mode problem.

I have had this problem for the last two days, with the fix of clearing the CMOS and waiting for about two hours for the thing to clear. Well i have just removed my SB Live Audigy from the last PCI slot and the thing has kicked in first time, i have gone into the BIOS and set, restarted and where i would normally get the No post, No beep... Worked perfectly, installing Win XP now and no problems what so ever.

Hope this helps people that are having the same problems as i am.

Mark

Athlon 64 3500+
A8N SLI mb
512 Cosair XMS 3200
160gb Seagate SATA
BFG Tech 6800GT OC - Can wait to get that bad boy going...

Leo Lambert Feb 12, 2005, 09:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What utility are you guys using to overclock your cards, is coolbits still the best way to go.

Also i noticed when using coolbits it doesn't give me the option to overclock each 6800GT separatly, does this mean that when you increase the frequency on the GPU or Memory in coolbits it's increasing the speed on both cards simultaneously?

Todd Noway Feb 12, 2005, 11:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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"What utility are you guys using to overclock your cards, is coolbits still the best way to go.

Also i noticed when using coolbits it doesn't give me the option to overclock each 6800GT separatly, does this mean that when you increase the frequency on the GPU or Memory in coolbits it's increasing the speed on both cards simultaneously?"

Yes your overclocking them BOTH. One setting for both cards. Another reason to get matching cards as they should OC pretty much the same.

Am I the only one having problems with the BIOS "locking" up on certain areas? When I say locking up it when I go into the option it just hangs until I restart the computer. Otherwise my system is rock solid. I've even got my AMD64 3000 running at 235fsb now (working up slowly) without any issues. Running 1.5125v and the temp is still 29C idle which is MUCH better than my previous AMD3400+ at STOCK speed :)


A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Greg Giles Feb 13, 2005, 12:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 13, 2005, 06:51am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hello all, Great job with this FAQ. I was looking everywhere on what I would need to know on how to set up SLI. I am a noob so please forgive me. I am just wondering if you keep the first post on the FAQ up to date? I mean like the DL link to the newest version of the geforce drivers and all? I see where it says to install the SP2 right after you install windows. Does SP2 have SP1 and all previous updates on it? I mean once i installed SP2 would I need to update again to get all the previous updates. And if I follow all the instructions to the T will I be good to go? Thanks again

Edit: I just ordered my system and it should be here next friday is why I ask. I got a

A8N-SLI Deluxe
2x evga Geforce 6800 GT
AMD 64 3500+
Kingston PC3200 400mhz ram 1GB
200GB Sata HD

Roger Webster Feb 13, 2005, 12:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I had the problem of BIOS lockups whenever I tried to set the SLI mode. This was with 1003 final. I believe 1004 cured it, but I haven't tried it lately. So yes, someone else has this problem, and (sadly) I cannot yet report a definitive solution. It is the only place I've had the BIOS lock, though.

Tom Visbeek Feb 13, 2005, 03:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Parallelport - problem? Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Hello,
If I give a print-command only the paper comes out the printer without text/print. It seems there is also no
bidirectional communication between printer (Canon LBP-660) and computer.
The printer and printercable works fine with an older computer/Asus-motherboard, with the same software; windows XP Sp2, same bios settings parallel port. Printer software is also the same on both computers. Installation goes without errors. No errors in the device-manager. First I thought it was a defect on the parallel port, but a second Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard gave the same problem. I wonder if other people experienced similar problems with the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe parallel-port. For me it looks liked the pin-layout of the parallelport has changed? but I can be wrong, maybe if you have a suggestion please help me.
Regards
Tom Visbeek


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