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Clifford Cooper Mar 26, 2005, 08:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike

Just PM'd the details
will give it a try :-)
thanks cliff

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C P Mar 26, 2005, 09:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike

i am trying to load the drivers and now get an error in the specify mass storage after hitting F6:

"The file \ext\si3114r5.sys is corrupted."

this is the version of the file i dl'd Sil3114_64bit_1101

here is the link:
http://www.asus.com.tw/support/download/selectftp.aspx?l1_id=1...ip~zaqwedc

is this the right driver?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 10:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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C P

When this happens, take your floppy out and put it back in and try again a couple of times.

Mike :)

C P Mar 26, 2005, 10:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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this is wierd. i've made 3 different diskettes ad have tried them multiple times each.

i also swapped out the 3.5 floppy and still no go.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 26, 2005, 10:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2005, 10:30pm EST

 
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C P

I guess your raid is on SIL Right? Are you really using 64 bit?

Makefile to floppy using your motherboard CD E:\Drivers\Sil3114 or
64 bit = E:\Drivers\Sil3114\64bit

Mike :)

Matt W Mar 26, 2005, 11:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys, I am one of the unlucky ones with a corrupt BIOS, I am going to take the mb back to the store and get it fixed on warranty in a couple of days but I thought I might try one more thing, does anyone know if flashing a bios from a floppy without video card is possible, I read on a site that if you get the awdflash program and the .bin file you can create and AUTOEXEC.bat file and put "awdflash *.bin" into it and the flash will run automatically; does anyone know if this is possible or am I just too desperate to fix this myself as opposed to waiting any longer. Please someone help me out ;)

Guido MTB Mar 27, 2005, 04:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 04:28am EST

 
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Hi Mike,

Well , everything turned tos**t yesterday :(

After I posted my previous post I rebooted a few times more to see what happened. It stayed fast. Then I tried to write some files to my usb pendrive (connected to the frontal usbport), this went very slow (about 6 minutes for 100MB). I rebooted again and than windows wouldn't start. I rebooted numerous times after that and sometimes it picked up the harddisk and sometimes not. When it did find the HD it crashed while loading windows. After a few times I got the option to go to the last working config. this repared it I think, but booting was slow again (as it was before I diasabled the firewall and nvtray. So I tried to disable these again and see if booting up became faster again. Booting stayed slow and after a few times the HD couldn't be found again. Sometimes it did find the HD but during checkdisk the pc crashed as well. After a few time the above I managed to get into windows again and I rolle dback to a config of two days ago, just to see what happened. This also didn't go smooth, but it worked again. Then after a few time sof booting it locked up again. During checkdisk the pc crashed as well: file record segment 4, 5, 6, 7 unreadable --> lock-up

Then I tested my maxtor harddrive with powermax; the short and the long test: all passed, but windows wouldn't boot/ booted very slow/ gave errors.

Today I've formatted everything and as I'm typing this windows is being installed again.

What's your opinion about this? Can it be the usbstick? Or is it possible that the error I made in the beginning (deleting the nvidia folder and putting it back after some trouble) is the cause of this? Also when I boot (even now) it says in the table:

USB OHCI Controller NA
USB EHCI Controller NA

What does this mean?

Guido :)

edit: in the bios I also found the option: "memory hole for PCI MMIO", this isn't listed on the first page of this topic. Should I enable or diasable it?

Persson Mar 27, 2005, 04:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ardem Dellian Mar 27, 2005, 05:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 05:28am EST

 
>> System hangs up on first start
Hi, I'm new here. I've checked all pages of this thread but could not find problem similar to mine (or maybe I just missed it).

I assembled my PC three day ago. This the configuration:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, 1006 BIOS,
Amd 64 3800+ Newcastle
Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2 at 2.5-3-3-6 1T
Gainward GeForce 6800Ultra 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express,"Ultra/2600PCX",
Seagate 7200.8 250Gb
NEC DVD recorder ND-3520A IDE
Thermaltake Purepower Butterfly 480W

I have Win XP SP2 installed from one CD, nVidia 6.53 chipset drivers, 71.84 video driver.

That the problem - when I start my system at morning it passes POST fine but when Windows starts system will hang up. Some times it hungs just with black screen, some times it goes as far as graphic screen with Windows logo and progress bar. If it hungs on black screen then just pressing reset will restart computer fine - Windows will boot and run without any problems. If it hungs on graphics screen with progress bar just reseting system wont work - on POST stage no harddrives will be found - in this case I have to turn PC off and then start again - Windows will start fine. After starting it will run without any problems all day long. I can do any resanable overclocking while it running with no probs at all. Trying to solve this start up problem I've been trying different options - setting memory to 3-3-3-8 2T, changing voltage on CPU and memory, setting everithing by default - nothing helps. Now I'm starting to thing that something wrong with my hardware, just do not know which part of PC can be faulty. If anybody can give me a hint what to do next I will be very gratefull.

Thanks, Ardem

Guido MTB Mar 27, 2005, 06:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well the story continues... :)

This is chronologically what happened when I installed winxp(incl SP2) for the second time:

- Installed WinXP (inc SP2)
- Reboot (booting took 2 times the blue bar)
- Installed NForce 6.53
- Reboot (booting took 9 times the blue bar)
- Installed Forceware 71.84
- Reboot (booting took 9 times the blue bar)
- Everything OK!!
- Reboot (booting took 13 times the blue bar) --> black screen with mouse pointer
- Reboot (booting took 16 times the blue bar) --> black screen with mouse pointer --> after few minutes and me pressing some keys: wallpaper on monitor with mouse pointer, but no taskbar/ startmenu --> ctrl+alt+del (taskmanagement) --> under processes were these listed: taskmgr, nvsvc32, n5vclog, svchost, svchost, svchost, lsass, services, winlogon, csrss, smss, system, nonactive system processes.
- Reboot (booting took 3 !!!!! times the blue bar) --> everything works fine!!
- Reboot (booting took 3 !!!!! times the blue bar) --> everything works fine!!
- Reboot (booting took 3 !!!!! times the blue bar) --> everything works fine!!


What do you make of this? It seems everything is fine now, but why those errors after having installed the drivers?

Guido :)

Guido MTB Mar 27, 2005, 06:31am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 07:25am EST

 
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Guys I'm going crazy, when I got back to my pc and rebooted again (to test) it all went wrong again:

- Reboot, stranded in the winxpbootscreen (HD busy)
- Reboot, diskbootfailure, no HD found
- Reboot, diskbootfailure, no HD found
- Reboot, diskbootfailure, no HD found
- Power off, disconnected from mains
- Power on, got the option to go back to last known working config but chose to do normal starting procedure --> stranded in the winxpbootscreen (HD busy)
- Reboot, diskbootfailure, no HD found
- Reboot, went to bios --> no HD found
- Reboot, diskbootfailure, no HD found

So it looks like the HD (Maxtor Diamondmax10 250 GB) isn't working very well with the MB, right?
I heard there were some problems with this HD and NCQ, but where can I turn this off?

I could go back to the last known working config but than I may be destroying the drivers again as happened when I installed everything for the first time...

Help..... :(


edit: I've done some more research on the internet and it seems that the problems I have were solved by a few people. What they did was either connect the maxtor drive to the silicon sataport or flash the MBbios to 1002. I've read that the siliconports are slower than the nvidia ones so that is no option. Flashing the bios is an option don't you think? I could also try the latest beta bios. Is the consequence of flashing the MBbios that the Nforcedrivers will be destroyed?
Or I could just get a new HD from another brand (<-- rather not because of the waiting and the Maxtor is so quiet (although I prefer a working one :) ) )

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 27, 2005, 10:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 27, 2005, 10:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 10:59am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ardem

That the problem - when I start my system at morning it passes POST fine but when Windows starts system will hang up. Some times it hungs just with black screen, some times it goes as far as graphic screen with Windows logo and progress bar.
>>>Clear sign of overclocking, video, memory or CPU.
Clear your CMOS, set drives and boot sequence and see what happens.
>>>Try to get to safe mode for the rest of what you need to do.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 27, 2005, 10:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Guido

edit: I've done some more research on the internet and it seems that the problems I have were solved by a few people. What they did was either connect the maxtor drive to the silicon sataport or flash the MBbios to 1002. I've read that the siliconports are slower than the nvidia ones so that is no option. Flashing the bios is an option don't you think?
>>>Yes, this statement is correct, some have had no luck on the NV with this drive and it works on SiL. I wouldn't use 1002 though, use 1004.

I could also try the latest beta bios. Is the consequence of flashing the MBbios that the Nforcedrivers will be destroyed?
>>>Start from scratch again, BIOS 1004, use your CD drivers, and use 66.93 video drivers for now, just until you get things stable. Full format and please use makedisk.exe for the Sil from your cd to a formatted floppy!!!

Or I could just get a new HD from another brand (<-- rather not because of the waiting and the Maxtor is so quiet (although I prefer a working one ) )
>>>Your choice, try the above mentioned first.

Mike :)

C P Mar 27, 2005, 10:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

i've tried sil3114_1101 and sil3114_1100 and still nothing.

i've verified that sil raid cntrlr is enabled in bios and nvidia raid is disabled.

i've rebooted and went into the sil raid config screen just to see status and it's not showing my raid set.

not sure where to go from here.

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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 11:19am EST

 
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C P

>>>FDISK and see if the drives show up. Let me know.
>>>Power down, switch the SATA 1 and 2, clear cmos, power up, boot, you will probably get a fault but at least you will most likely see your drives and be able to delete the array and re-create the stripe.


Mike :)

C P Mar 27, 2005, 11:07am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 11:09am EST

 
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ok i got my raid back by pulling battery for 10 seconds.

still no go.

do think i need to bring my bios back to the older 1002 1st?

I still get the corrupted file message from xp F6 setup

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 27, 2005, 11:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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C P

I still get the corrupted file message from xp F6 setup
>>>This message is usually caused by the floppy not being sensed and it needs to be removed and re-inserted. Use the drivers that correspond to your OS, using the makedisk from the folder on your cd, do a full format on that floppy.
>>>BIOS 1004

Mike :)

C P Mar 27, 2005, 11:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OK i think i got it. what a pain.

i went to the 1100 version and had to manually copy all files to the root of a: to make it work. it seems every time i used the makedisk, i got the wrong ver of the sil3114 file.

i am about to do the repair.

please map out the steps so i don't blow this.

i'm at the screen where my choices are

to set up windows xp

to repair windows xp

to quit (lol)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 27, 2005, 11:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 27, 2005, 11:35am EST

 
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C P

Go with the flow, I'm sure you are capable of doing what I mentioned in the previous posts.
Time for me to go to my sister in laws for easter supper, ttyl.

PS - Second repair option in windows, no format, no overlay just a repair.

Mike :)


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