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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 01:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 01:38pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Guido MTB

>>>A delayed reaction from the original disabling.
Enable the nvtray. I think it's firewall.

Mike :)

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Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 01:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ

>>>A delayed reaction from the original disabling.

From disabeling the windowsfirewall or the nvidiatray? I rebooted several times after i changed the nvidiatray back and still it takes only two times the blue bar to boot.

If it is the nvidiatray: how can I prevent this thing from being installed?

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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 02:01pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clifford Cooper

I think I mentioned what you had to do in previous posts, not sure. Use nvflash and get the current BIOS revision number and do a search on the net for the file, current or update is fine. Oops! I see you have it.
You need to flash with a fresh BIOS using the PCI card.
Please read up on how to use nvflash properly.
After you do this, and if it still does it, we can try other things.

a:\nvflash --list
for starters and find out the card number, should be 0.

a:\nvflash c
to check for supported eeprom

a:\nvflash a
to list all adaptors

You may need to remove write protection
a:\nvflash protectoff

a:\nvflash b
to save the current BIOS file to the floppy that will have nvflash.exe and the DOS boot.

http://www.mvktech.net/index.php?option=com_remository&fun...lecatid=53

etc...

PS - I am almost 100% sure your video BIOS is corrupt.

Mike :)

Clifford Cooper Mar 26, 2005, 01:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
gigabyte doesnt list any bioses for my gfx card on their site.
but did find one on a drivers site. which does d/l from gigabyte taiwan server. which has a flash .exe prog with it. but no luck with that.
so will try nvflash after ive read up about it :)
cheers mike

Mark Been Mar 26, 2005, 02:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi folks...looking for some help here. I just brought my new monster to life and have been very successful so far thanks to this great FAQ thread.
New system is:
Asus A8N SLi Deluxe MoBo (of course)
AMD Athlon 3800+ CPU
1 GB Corsair XMS Memory
Leadtek NVIDIA 6800 GT video card
Hitachi 160 GB SATA HDD
LiteOn DVD/CD writer

I have flashed the BIOS to version 1006 per this thread, installed Windows XP Home with SP2, installed latest NVIDIA chipset drivers 6.39 (including IDE driver, SMBUS driver, Network driver) and, within the next few minutes will be installing the 71.84 drivers for the video card.

My question is...after installing the 6.39 NVIDIA chipset drivers for the MoBo, I now have the "Safe To Uninstall Hardware" icon in my system tray. When I click on the icon, the hardware it is referring to is my SATA Hard Drive (C: drive, MBR etc). This doesn't seem like a good thing to me. Obviously, I will not click the "Stop" button to stop the hard drive but...I'm not sure why this icon is even appearing in my system tray to begin with. Is it because of the Serial ATA (SATA) configuration of the hard drive? It wasn't there until I installed the NVIDIA 6.39 chipset drivers (which included an IDE driver).

Is this normal for SATA hard drives and is this a problem...better yet, can I get rid of the icon?
Thanks in advance and sorry for the noob question but this is my first build and first experience with SATA HDDs,

Mark

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 02:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mark Been

This is normal, the drives are hot swapable, this is to help you swap a drive if one fails, like in NVRAIDMAN.exe but a windows version.

Mike :)

Alkemyst Darkened Mar 26, 2005, 02:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok updates on my A8N-SLI to K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI change.

Interestingly the BIOS at the 166MHz level on my K8N, which is 333MHz on the A8N works the same way as CPU-z reports. It's right during the POST (the K8N reports this value), but in CPU-z about the same (250FSB reads as 23x something)...so maybe that divider is really not broken on the A8N.

Still my A8N is getting RMA'd and sold off....I am not accepting such a total failure on any motherboard I am planning on using everyday. I understand SCSI is a rare bag these days, but I have a big investment in it and as such not quite willing to give it up. Although once I replace my drives with SATA, I may lose go to a nice DVD and DVD/RW setup on the EIDE channels, drop my CD and CD/RW and move my PCMCIA card reader for my digicam to USB 2.0 or Firewire 800, upgrading my HP 4c scanner to a HP 8250 like I just bought to use at work (great scans and fast over USB 2.0)

So far my initial benchmark is a little short on the K8N getting 20k something on 3DMark 2003SE compared to 24k something with my A8N...but I think this is more BIOS related and I have backed off my timing on the K8N due to some later known problems I discovered running my A8N-SLI so maxed.

I am at 295x8.5 with a 228 FSB memory under 2.5 - 3 - 3 - 8 timings.


Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 02:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>>>A delayed reaction from the original disabling.
Enable the nvtray. I think it's firewall.

=====Well, I've put the windowsfirewall back on, but booting still is goes fast (I had already turned the nvtray on). I've resetted more than 10 times and all 10 times were very quick. If the firewall created the problem of slow booting in the first place, why hasn't the problem come back now I've put the firewall back on?

I still want to do a format because now I've experimented a lot with this system; I want to have a fresh start again. I'm only a bit worried about not knowing what caused the slow booting...

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 02:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 02:48pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Guido MTB

Did you disable the network connections at the same time as the firewall and startup progs awhile ago?

why hasn't the problem come back now I've put the firewall back on?
>>>Because I'm bringing you good luck. lol

Mike :)

Guido MTB Mar 26, 2005, 02:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>>>Did you disable the network connections at the same time as the firewall and startup progs awhile ago?

My pc isn't connected to the internet or to other pc's (I'm typing this on another pc). I was planning to build a network next week. So i don't think there were network connections

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 02:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 02:59pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
network connections

I meant adaptors. Well it doesn't matter now anyway, since you're formatting anyway.

Good luck in your new format!

Mike :)

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I haven't done anything with the network adaptors

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>>>network connections

>>>I meant adaptors. Well it doesn't matter now anyway, since you're formatting anyway.

>>>Good luck in your new format!

Well I haven't formatted yet, I wanted to wait on your opinion on what caused the slow booting. But if I understand you correctly you also don't know what caused the slow booting (or at least why the problem hasn't returned when i turned the firewall back on). Maybe it has something to do with me deleting the nvidiafolder and putting it back after systemrecovery a few days ago.

C P Mar 26, 2005, 05:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike,

I tried clearing cmos. i also removed one card and changed ez plug to single and still no go.

when you say remove all devices, what do you mean? my SATA raid 0 drives as well?

cp

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 06:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Guido MTB

Well, all I know is that your problem vanished after disabling what I recommended. Now do the reverse and turn one thing on at a time till you find the culprit. If it's not the firewall, fine, I can't with 100% certainty tell you what the problem was exactly as I am not there.

Heck, if everything works now and you're booting up fast, why format?

Mike :)

Clifford Cooper Mar 26, 2005, 06:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>>>a:\nvflash b
>>>to save the current BIOS file to the floppy that will have nvflash.exe and the DOS boot.

>>>http://www.mvktech.net/index.php?option=com_remository&fun...lecatid=53

>>>>etc...

>>>>PS - I am almost 100% sure your video BIOS is corrupt.
>>>>mike

finally updated the the card with a .rom from mvk
- - - --- Gigabyte GeForce BIOS --------------------------------------------.
:
Name : NX66T128VP F2
Version : 5.43.02.27.00 Ultra : No
.

backed the card up 1st then nvflash'd it with the one above. but still no luck arrgghhhh!!! lol



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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 07:05pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
C P

No, any external devices, except mouse and keyboard, or internal PCI stuff.
Holy cow, what on earth did you remove to cause this?
Put your windows XP cd in and do the second repair option, you will need to install the RAID drivers, you will not lose anything. Just repair.

Mike

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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 07:22pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clifford Cooper

>>>Can you send me a copy of your .ROM file? Please zip. One copy of the backup and new. Rename the new with _new at the end of the file name.
>>>Did you clear your CMOS after the video BIOS change?
mikethellend@hotmail.com

Mike :)

Clifford Cooper Mar 26, 2005, 07:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>>>Can you send me a copy of your .ROM file? Please zip. One copy of the backup and new. Rename the new with _new at the end of the file name.
sent backup - new one be on its way in a sec
>>>Did you clear your CMOS after the video BIOS change?
yep

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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 08:23pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clifford Cooper

I modified your video BIOS and reduced the Core frequencies, GPU and Memory. Personally, I think they were high for a GT and could be the cause for the corruption.
Can you provide me with your email address in a PM? I will send it to you, give it a try.

Ok, I sent it, just follow the steps I outlined.
Put this on the floppy, keep the BACKUP.ROM on there, remove or overwrite the new you downloaded, flash with the full name of this file.

PS: I put a little message on the video boot up for you, to make sure you used the right one, keep an eye out.

Mike :)


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