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Guido MTB Mar 28, 2005, 04:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike and David,

This is what I've done: (BTW I hadn't read your latest posts when I did all this)

- formatting the HD with Fdisk (since it was NTFS i couldn't just use the format option on the prompt)
- flash the bios to 1004 (it was 1002 before because I had already flashed it before you said 1004 is beter)
- configure the new bios (btw it locks up when I open sliconfig/slimode, if I don't open this menu everything is fine. I think this is because my previous choice in this menu isn't available in this version, but as I don't use SLI I don't think this is a problem)
- Install windows XP Pro incl SP2
- Windows firewall off
- reboot (2 times the blue bar), nforece 6.53 installed (incl ide sw drivers and access manager (excl firewall)) (immediately tried to put NCQ off but this wasn't possible yet
- reboot (16 times the blue bar), when I tried to get into the config menu I got an error (probably because I tried to do this before the reboot)
- reboot (3 times the blue bar), everything goes fine, put NCQ off in config screen (in my previous installs of windows I hadn't turned NCQ off by the way)
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), partitioned the rest of the HD using diskmanagement(d: and e:, both NTFS ) everything OK
- reboot (3 times the blue bar), install forceware 71.84
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), everything OK
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), installed 3dmark 2005
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), changed pagefile to 2048 MB (fixed size)
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), run 3dmark2005 score: 3981
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), installed 3dmark 2001,
- reboot (4 times the blue bar), run 3dmark 2001 score: 18871
- reboot (2 times the blue bar), HD Tach installed: burst 138 MB/s, average: 48 MB/s, changed some configurations (i.e. taskbar options etc. What's strange is that I now have options that I didn't have before like the option to turn off the listing of recently opened files in the startmenu list. I missed this option in my previous install but then I had installed Powertoys Tweak UI prior to configurating this. Now I'm a bit put off installing tweak ui, but there are some options in that program I really like: what to do?)
- reboot (2 times the blue bar), installed some small programs like winrar, winamp and foxit pdf reader.
- reboot (2 times the blue bar), using winamp (dvdpalyer behaves a bit weird, when first using it to copy some files to the HD it goes very slow. After ejecting and trying again it does work ok (maybe the disc isn't great) (haven't had any troubles with this again) (can the cause for this be that I used the 80 conductor cable that was meant for a HD to connect the dvd to the primary connector on the MB? I also got a cd'dvd cable with the MB but when I used that it said "no 80conductor cable installed" during booting)
- reboot (2 times the blue bar), everything works fine, made a system restore point
- reboot (2 times the blue bar),

So it seems everything is fine don't you guys think? I'm going to test the system with 3dmark2003 and than try some games. I'm really don't want to put drivers on it that I don't really need so I haven't tried any other programs or drivers than the ones I listed above. Do I need others (besides videodrivers like divx/ ffdshow etc) for example there are usbdrivers on the asus disc, do I need them to use my usb ports? I currently dont use any usbdevices and haven't usen the usbstick since the last time I did that everything started to malfunction!

About that Maxtor bios: I read that as well, I'll contact Maxtor about this.

Any further suggestions/ answers to my question above?


I hope this post is also usefull to other people with these kind of problems

btw I read (a part of) the XP Tweakguide and it says that I should turn the pagefile off, reboot, and than turn it back on to get a full block on the HD and not have it scatterd across the HD. I want to do this but I'm a bit scared it wont boot as soon as I turn the pagefile off (I'm so happy it's working properly now and I dont want to f*** it all up again )

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C P Mar 28, 2005, 04:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i received the file but i still cannot get the option for Best Graphics Performance.

is there another app that will accomplish the same thing?

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Edited: Mar 28, 2005, 05:39pm EST

 
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Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Paul Montague:

"Fault eventually traced to the Lian-li 3.5" bezel fitted to my case, this was very slightly pushing on the eject button on the drive unit therefore preventing the floppy from being read."

Hey, I've got the same bezel and have the same problem. Thanks for the fix. I knew it had to be the bezel that was causing it, but I couldn't figure out how to fix it.
>>>Remove the bezel for good, buy a better case. lol

>>>How could you not notice the floppy button being out or not, especially when you need to press it to get a floppy out as you did during your driver install and on other occassions? If the bezel was pressing on the button and preventing you from reading a floppy, then you wouldn't be able to eject it, quite noticable wouldn't you say?

I went and looked at the cover, I see how it could happen...
http://www.xoxide.com/floppycover.html

Mike :)

Dean Edward Mar 28, 2005, 06:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Otis,

I suggest you return it ! Get an Antec Neopower 480. Its modular, quiet, and my system never fluctuated one degree when I swapped out my Powmax 510 for it. Of course, it may just be a defective PSU. Lets see what the pros here on the forum have to say, but thats what I would do.

PS, there is a fairly affordable SLI PSU on sale now with a qhad 12V rail set up by Silverstone. Its only about 165.00 US and is at or above 600W. Nvidia approved and everything! Might want to think about that too?

good luck. Dean

david cole Mar 28, 2005, 06:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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On Feb17, Rory Witham posted:
QUOTE: Whom ever is setting up the SATA RAID on ths boar may take a worth while note that its backwards..
the RED Nvidia RAID and the Black being the Sil3114 silicon image chip.

There are two load up screen prompts, F6 _Nvidia and F10 S.I.
You will see that the Nvidia will not see the drives if they are in the black SI slots, but they will also be disabled if you disable the NV one.

When you want to load the drivers for the XP install with the SI chip set sata controller USE the NVidia ones, as the SI dont works as there is some sort of mix up...

Set up as SI install and NV.. dont make sence but it works. UNQUOTE
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Is this true, or a quirk on perhaps only his board? Could find no further discussion of this point. It may explain why I have not much sucess in getting my NVRaid going (been away for a week, but have read ALL posts.)

A8N-SLI Deluxe, FX-55, Win XP Pro - was main, being rebuilt after electrical storm
Sabertooth x58, i7-950, Win 7 Pro, ENGTX460CU TOP, 12GB GSkill, 12GB SSD, 1GB + 2GB HDD @ 6GB/s - main computer
P5Q-E, e8500, Vista 64 - secondary computer
Two P5Q Pro,
Tim Acheson Mar 28, 2005, 07:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I read the FAQ and looked through many, but not all pages in this topic. Couldn't find an answer so heres my situation.

1st board - Ran for awhile with chipset fan, everything fine, but loud. Replaced with Zalman NBJ47. Quiet, but my secondary IDE never worked again. RMA'd for new board.

2nd board - Installed NBJ47 before installing the board. Was even more careful about removing the pins and used Arctic Ceramique. Took about an hour to get back into Windows on this board, memory issues. Strange considering I had the same bios settings as previous board. Finally into Windows on one stick. NVMonitor shows System temp steady around 54 celcius. Higher than I have ever seen. Had 4 or 5 programs open when the computer shut down. Turned back on. During boot, when the little blue thing is scrolling, it locked and showed some purple squares randomly over the windows boot screen. Next time and every other time I tried to boot, fans would go, but nothing more. Asus tech support says temps should not have been a problem. He suggested I focus on the power supply as possible source but agreed to RMA this one.

Now using 1st board and sent 2nd board back. First board runs f*&%ing awesome (except no sec. IDE). Can game for hours, and run a project in Nuendo that maxes the CPU, no issues (my main program for this computer). Haven't done any benchmarking as I'm on my 5th windows install in less than 3 months and I'm sick of installing software and running benchmarks so unsure about full stability yet.

Is this really that dangerous of a mod? Could my power supply be the problem, even though it works fine on board #1?

I need to get this nailed before board #3 arrives!

I am audio engineer and I use this pc for working on sound (to be brief) so I really want to avoid using a different fan. Trying to go as silent as possible.

PSU specs on the bottom of this page. I realize it is not a suggested one here, but its what I have for now.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article61-page1.html

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A8N-SLI Deluxe-1005-05
3500+ (90nm)
2x512mb Corsair XMS 3200xl
Leadtek px 6600gt tdh
160gb Segate Baracuda SATA 1.5
80gb Segate ATA100
M-Audio Delta 66 & Audiophile 24/96
Antec Sonata w/ stock PSU

Alkemyst Darkened Mar 28, 2005, 07:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tim, I had no problem over 2 months on the Zalman....my temps were no higher than 50 something.

The board stopped seeing my SCSI setup though for whatever reason.

My biggest concern is this board is not what a sound engineer should be using.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 28, 2005, 07:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Could find no further discussion of this point

>>>What does that tell you?

Mike :)

Nicholas Bianchi Mar 28, 2005, 08:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey, great forum. I just finished building my system after following the advice of the FAQ and have had no real problems to speak of. However, I did notice one thing that is bothering me. I'm using a BFG 6600 GT OC graphics card with the 71.84 ForceWare driver. When I pull up the driver properties where it lists the graphics card information it says "Bus: PCI Express x8". Am I missing something? Shouldn't it read "PCI Express x16"? I'm running one card, not SLI. Here are my system specs:

Athlon 64 3000+
512MB DDR400 RAM
A8N-SLI Deluxe MB
Seagate Barracude 7200.7 120GB HD
500W Ultra X-Connect PSU

Has anyone else encountered this issue? Sorry if this has been posted already and I just haven't read it. Haven't had time to read through this entire FAQ. :-) I'm wondering if it is: A) a problem with the graphics card, B) a problem with the mother board, C)a setting I have configured incorrectly (in the BIOS?) or D) a problem with the NVidia driver. If anyone has insight into this issue I would greatly appreciate it. My graphics card seems to be working fine (I'm using the PC to post this) but I'm worried that it might not be giving me all the performance it's capable of if there is a problem. Thanks in advance for your help.

Nick

jdr Mar 28, 2005, 08:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike Wrote:

">>>How could you not notice the floppy button being out or not, especially when you need to press it to get a floppy out as you did during your driver install and on other occassions? If the bezel was pressing on the button and preventing you from reading a floppy, then you wouldn't be able to eject it, quite noticable wouldn't you say?"

The button ejects the disk fine, and the disk seemingly goes in fine. I'm assuming that the button is pushed just enough to make the drive not work somehow, but I can't check, as I'm travelling.

And so far, other than the touchy floppy bezel, the case has been great.

david cole Mar 28, 2005, 11:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well, I thought I was ready to load Win XP, but missed something somewhere. The first few Win CD install screens whizzed by at first, not allowing me time to press F6, so rebooted. ( I can tell this will be a fast computer) Popped F6 this time, and it allowed me to load one, and then the second NVidia raid drivers. I had already set the BIOS for the 0-RAID scheme on Sata1 and Sata2. I did not try to install Silicon image raid drivers at this point.

Windows Setup next gave me a choice of loading XP onto what I plan for a 287GB data disk (Seagate 300) or the WD 141GB Raid-0 pair. I selected the WD combo of course. The screen reported approx 141GB in partition1, and about 8MB in an unpartitioned area on the selected disk(s). When I told it to install, Win Setup then reported no XP compatible partition existed on the selected C: drive . At that point I was going in circles, and aborted the install.

Question now arises - when following the ASUS instructions in the BIOS program for setting up the raid, what did I miss? ..or was something not instructed that they assume I would know already? I remember seeing some menu item of a low-level format option in one of the many screens, but that could have been on the Silicon image screen like the one in the manual. Was I supposed to take that option also? I had thought that Win XP would format the disks as part of the windows installation process. It always has in the past for me, but this is first for me setting up a boot-raid disk.

At this time, I am assuming that after (if?) Win XP finally does get installed, I will have to go back and format the data disks .

Can you help? A few tips from the voices of experience would be most appreciated.

A8N-SLI Deluxe, FX-55, Win XP Pro - was main, being rebuilt after electrical storm
Sabertooth x58, i7-950, Win 7 Pro, ENGTX460CU TOP, 12GB GSkill, 12GB SSD, 1GB + 2GB HDD @ 6GB/s - main computer
P5Q-E, e8500, Vista 64 - secondary computer
Two P5Q Pro,
Dmitry Merkulov Mar 28, 2005, 11:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm pretty sure that SLI just splits the PCI Express slot into two, thus, each x16 slot actually has only x8 bandwith to use. On the motherboards, each graphics slot is only x8 to make a total of x16 when running in SLI.

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david cole:

Could you (C)reate a partition? At that point in the install, you should be able to create a partition and then Format it with NTFS.

jo jo Mar 28, 2005, 11:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm having some issues with my computer. I just built my RIG with the items below:

Aspire X-navigator Case
AMD 64 3500+ New Castle
A8N - Sli Deluxe Board
Ultra X-connect 500W PSU
1gb Corsair DDR400
Sapphire ATI Radeon x800 PRO card
Thermaltake Beetle Heatsink
WD 160 Gb 7200 RPM Sata HD

If I leave my computer on for more than a day the computer will reboot itself. I was wondering if anyone else had a problem like mine. I have not updated my BIOS yet because I think it might be rebooting because my power supply isn't strong enough for the VIDEO card and the other things i have on my RIG.

Please Help

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 29, 2005, 12:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Nicholas Bianchi

>>>Yes it should read 16X on a single card, 8X with two cards.
>>>Can you edit your post and provide the exact part number for your card?

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 29, 2005, 12:26am EST

 
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david cole

When you created your RAID did you set the 0 as bootable and active?

PS - Either way!!!

Mike :)

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jdr,
Thank you for the prompt reply. I went back into setup based on what you said, deleted the listed partitions, and created them again. This allowed it to continue and started formatting the 300GB unit. It is going very slow, and then I hope the RAID drives formats. It will be awhile before I know what happens, but you comment allowed me to see beyond my mental wall. Thanks again. I guess I will know by morning. ..david

A8N-SLI Deluxe, FX-55, Win XP Pro - was main, being rebuilt after electrical storm
Sabertooth x58, i7-950, Win 7 Pro, ENGTX460CU TOP, 12GB GSkill, 12GB SSD, 1GB + 2GB HDD @ 6GB/s - main computer
P5Q-E, e8500, Vista 64 - secondary computer
Two P5Q Pro,
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 29, 2005, 12:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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jo jo

>>>Your power supply is adequate for what you are running. Check your CPU and other temperatures with ASUS Probe and edit your post with the numbers.

Mike :)

Otis McGhee Mar 29, 2005, 12:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Weird stuff, earlier my pc was increasing big time in temperature after I added a tagan 480 power supply. 12 am in the morning now and everything is running at normal temps now. The fans have also slowed down, and im overclocking! Anyone know why my pc would report high temps and high fan rpm's then later on not?

Thanks

Otis

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Mike

CPU Temp : 37 C
MB Temp : 30 C
CPU Fan : 4326
Chipset Fan : 8437

+12 V : 12032
+5 V : 4945
+3.3 V : 3296
Vcore : 1.6


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