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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 29, 2005, 02:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
jo jo

>>>Na, probably just your ISP, do a virus scan though.
>>>Yes on the RAM. Did you do an extended memtest?

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 29, 2005, 02:08pm EST

 
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Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Is there any chance of someone cleaning up this forum for all the useful stuff and getting rid of the dross...it would be good just to get a shorter view of this board rather than trying to wade thru almost 100 pages and counting...

TIA
Sean

>>>Seriously doubt that.

You will find anything related to your problem without manually searching through 90 + pages.

1-Download Flashget, it's free! http://www.amazesoft.com/ and install it.
2-Go to http://hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/38623/
3-Right click in the FAQ section and click Download All by Flashget
4-The Select URL window will appear, in this window select file 38623 (index file page 1) and all files that resemble _o=20 (page 2) to _o=1280 (page 65) etc. and uncheck the rest. Download.
The files will end up in C:\Downloads
5-Use a file renamer software or manually add the .html extension. ie: 38623.html _o=20.html to each file.
6-Copy this folder to your desktop and rename to A8N-SLI FAQ.
7-Use Google desktop search (adjust settings - Google integration. CHECK Show Desktop Search results on Google Web Search result pages. and UN-CHECK the rest) to search the desktop and it will scan the folder and give you concise answers. get the program here http://desktop.google.com/

Good luck!

Mike :)

Dave Luza Mar 29, 2005, 02:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OldeCrow R

>>>Try setting your PCI Synchronization Mode to Auto and giving nTune another try.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 29, 2005, 02:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 29, 2005, 02:29pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dave Luza

Great news on the USB idea, at least I know that works, I thought it would smarten up the board USB.
So anybody with USB problems can try this fix.

Concerning your green line;
Go to Display Properties >Advanced > Your video card tab > Left menu > SLI Multi GPU > Disable Show GPU load balancing

Mike :)

david cole Mar 29, 2005, 02:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike, per your input:
>>When you created your RAID did you set the 0 as bootable and active?
>>PS - Either way!!!
>>Mike

Yes, I did, and after it finally got the c: (raid-0) and d: (first data drive) formatted, the BIOS reported a healthy 140GB drive. The 300GB drive formatted first, and took almost 2 hours for a full format. The raid c: drive took only about 30 minutes to format, surprisingly quick in contrast.
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A new problem and one that I have not seen listed in previous 95+ pages:

As XP started to load, it asked for the drivers for my NV raid, so I gave it the diskette created earlier. Sometime later after it had loaded a bunch of stuff from the Win XP CD, it again asked for the NV diskette and again loaded something from the diskette. A short time later it said some drivers that had been loaded were incompatible with Win XP.... How could this be? All files loaded were furnished with the XP CD or from the ASUS material!

When it finished installing XP, it rebooted and just cycles thru booting, loading xp, a flash blip of blue screen, and then reboots. All this happens fast, and could not see or read anything past the Starting Windows screen. Obviously the "XP incompatibility was real", but I have no idea what file or files it refers to.

When I get back home, my plan is: (and I will accept better ideas readily)
a. rebuild a new driver diskette for the NV raid ( I must do this on a Win 98se computer as that is whats available for this task)
b. reinstall XP with formatting of the c: -- would a Quick Format suffice for this attempt?.
c. try to install again, with fingers crossed

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,
jdr Mar 29, 2005, 03:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
david cole:

Quick format is fine. Make sure you load both Nvidia drivers from the floppy and you leave it in for the full install process (make sure your drive is not in the boot priority list, ot it'll be access when the install reboots). The RAID drivers are actually installed long after you identify them.

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Mike:

Can you suggest a tool to do the mem test?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 29, 2005, 04:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 29, 2005, 06:54pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
david cole

>>>Just manually copy the files from here;
E:\Drivers\Chipset\WINXP_2K\IDE\Disk
to a fully formatted floppy.
After the F6, at the S prompt, install each driver, the disk will be accessed a second time. (I know you know this).
If for any reason after the reboot, with your floppy removed, you get a disk error, reboot again and change the Boot Sequence.
Make sure you leave the floppy in till it's time to reboot, and quick format as jdr said is fine.

Boot Sequence;
Hard Disk
CD ROM
Removable
Disable

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 29, 2005, 09:47pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike AKA SLI Scientist @ Work

Ive tried tinkering with the bios six ways to sunday :)

The disturbing thing is on my old install i was getting a 3dmark score above 5000 BEFORE i ran ntune ! and now even after running ntune i barely break the 4500 mark.

I know it seems extreme but i think im going to roll the bios back to 1002 and install the drivers from the cd and go from there to see where the performance drop starts my first install was basicly a cd install with updates to the 1004 bios and 6.39 nforce and 71.84 pre whql, and now that I have spent two days on this Im very interested to know what the problem is. the only thing different this time is a clean install on 1006 bios 6.53 nforce and 71.84 whql plus i ran the processor driver direct from amd and the driver came off the cd last time or from windows update..

on a side note even when i load my old profile from the old installation i still cant get it to score above 4500
and with the old profile 3dmark crashes between the first and second video the first time i run it.
also i cant change graphix clock settings for my 6600gt's in sli mode it fails to detect best settings and fails testing new settings in sli mode but if i turn off sli I can adjust the clock settings again .. I dont remember if it was like that before ..




david cole Mar 29, 2005, 10:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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First thanks again for the pointers in the past couple of days.

I'm back with good news and bad news. In summary, I got XP installed but had repeated warnings of incompatibility during the install. First I got three general warnings in a row, and as I told it to continue the installation process named the files NVIDIA CV804 AMDA Controller (v2.7) six times in a row, and NVIDIA nForce(tm) Raid Class Device three times.

Basically the warning said: ((included above files names in the more specific warnings)
"Software installation has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify compatibility. Continuing may impair correct operation of system now or in future. Microsoft strongly recommends stop installation and contact software vender for software that has passed Windows Logo testing."

I do not remember anyone previously mentioning the warnings.

However, in the end Win XP did install on the 141GB Raid-0 Raptor disks. That is the good news.... The bad news is that it installed the raid disks as d:, and the empty (for data) 300 GB Seagate as C:.

So a related question is can I somehow rename these disks (C: to D:, and D: to C:) safely, or is the d: name now embedded in the systems fles such that I will need to redo this instalation completely. XP expert is new to me.. It does cold boot from the D:, but I am afraid this reversed naming will cause operator error at some point.

Have unit just running now to check stability before I either redo this install, or load the video drivers, firewall and virus stuff.

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,
Pod 13 Mar 29, 2005, 11:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Wow. I've read this entire thread. It took forever. (no, not in one sitting)

My system came together with little drama, but there were two persistent sources of instability that would manifest themselves when under load. They were power and heat.

I've seemed to solve my power problems with a PC Power and Cooling 510 SLI supply. This PSU is very unassuming, but seems perfectly capable of supplying the juice my system requests with no complaints. I'm very happy with this unit.

As for heat, I can get my system 95% stable with air cooling (with the case panels ajar), but the tempuratures of my components are really higher than I would like. Also, the noise generated by all the fans is VERY loud. Air alone isn't enough is this mid-tower case. I'm thinking water cooling is my only option. Too bad I know nothing about this dark science. I guess its time to learn.

I would like to point out that I'm using a Plextor PX-716A SATA DVDR drive. Its running off the SiI controller and my SATA HD is on the nVidia controller. When they were both on the same controller my system would lock up. In its current configuration, this drive works wonderfully.

The Marvell NIC and the USB ports adjacent to it are DOA on my board. No biggie for me since the nVidia NIC and the USB ports next to it work fine.

I just wanted to share my experience (sorry Mike I don't think I have any work for you).
For those who care, this is what I'm running:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD FX-55
2 x eVga 6800 Ultra
2 x 512mb Corsair DDR-SDRAM PC3200
WD 740
Plextor PX-716A

This is the fastest computer I have ever seen, and like most perfomance machines I've encountered its a little quirky. Overall, I'm very satisfied, and would do it all again.

Mike Yi Mar 29, 2005, 11:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all. I just wanted to drop by and let you all know that SLI Scientist got my system stable finally. it took some work, but we got it figured out. I was getting BSODs, spontaneous reboots, lockups, and game crashes. We got the reboots, lockups and game crashes fixed pretty quickly. The majority of the BSODs got cleared up pretty quickly too, but some of them were more tricky. We've now got those issues fixed. These problems have been going on for about six weeks before we started working on them. Now they're fixed! I still have to tweak for performance, but at least it's running stable now!

It's been a while since I've been around, and I'm about 40 pages behind, but I just wanted to let you guys know that I did get things sorted out.

Mike Yi

jdr Mar 29, 2005, 11:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
david cole:

Heh. Those incompatibilty warnings are nothing to worry about. The drivers are fine, those warnings just mean that the drivers aren't certified by Microsoft -- there may be a warning about it in the manual?

The bad news is there's no way to fix installing Windows on d: short of reinstalling. Things should still work fine, though some programs may not install or run correctly. Just reinstall, but be sure to delete the d: partition before you do.

Pod 13 Mar 29, 2005, 11:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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To D C:

That warning was the standard warning you get when you install drivers that are not WHQL certified. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

You are right to suspect that the renaming of the D: drive to the C: drive would no be trivial. I recall that Partition Magic used to have a utility that would do this for you, but it came with a real big disclaimer that said something to the effect of "don't yell at us if this doesn't actually work".

If you've just installed, the best way is to disconnect your storage drives and reinstall. Then hook the storage drive back up and format it in windows.

Phil Turner Mar 30, 2005, 02:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Asus A8N-SLI - overheating GPU and slowdowns!?

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how can I test my graphics card heat?

Alan Robinson Mar 30, 2005, 08:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

I am having a minor breakdown after two days. Had a new HD installed with a complete software install and the PC is failing to recognise the ASUS WL-138G wi-fi card regardless of what drivers are downloaded etc, there is also a "network controller" showing in device manager as having no driver loaded.

On top of this I have got two other devices that have no drivers loaded regardless of what I do and they are:

"Other PCI Bridge Device" and "PCI Memory Controller"

Motherboard is the standard flavour not the Deluxe.

Can somebody help it is driving me insane!!!


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