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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 31, 2005, 06:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Marcos Caceres

Short of removing the fan/heatsink assembly and putting new compound there (while making sure a good contact is being made by installing and then removing the assembly after your first application), and voiding your warranty on the card, I would RMA>

Mike :)

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 31, 2005, 06:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 31, 2005, 06:16pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Will

I ran the memtest program he reccomended on my system but it hung on step 7. Does this mean there's definetely something wrong with my RAM?
>>>If you were not overclocked and it gives errors at the same place after testing more than once, then yes, usually is a problem with the RAM.

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 31, 2005, 06:57pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Gerrard Shaw

>>>This helped a few people with hangs during install.
http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/
Create a new bootable XP cd using Bart's method, the XP cd you have, and slipstream it with a current SP2.
>>>Use a bootable floppy and FDISK to see if the drive is there and format before the install.

PS - Use a high quality cd-r.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike

I have only run memtest once (yesterday and it hung on step 7) and haven't gotten around to trying again. I was going to pop out the battery for a bit before running it again to make sure I've got a fresh mobo when running it. I sorta ran the program on a whim, I haven't noticed any problems with my ram.

The thing that worries me though is that after I ran memtest and it hung I restarted the computer and the windows startup screen had the blue bar go by one and a half times. Usually it only goes about three- quarters of the way before starting windows. I'm probably being overparanoid but I also noticed a bit of skipping while playing HL2 after that. I usually don't see any skipping. It was in a pretty intensive part of the game though: when alex's dad and the traitor scientist blast away from nova prospekt on the teleport/elevator thing and there's a big explosion.

One last thing: I'm thinking about swapping out the ATI and getting a NVidia card. Different people have given their opinions on dual 6600s vs. a single 6800. I'm weighing that but I was wondering this: if I get a single 6800 GT now is it likely that in the future (six months to a year down the line) I will have trouble getting an identical card that I could SLI with my current one? Would it be a big problem with the drivers?

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Will Bazdarich

I bet you'll be able to get one on eBay down the road! BIOS can be flashed.

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 31, 2005, 07:04pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Gerrard

Are you still using this power supply?
400w PSU (12V @ 18A)

Mike :)

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Edited: Mar 31, 2005, 07:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Post number 2000, let's all celebrate!

Sander, do I win something? lol

Mike :)

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sounds good, though I have to admit I've never bought computer parts over ebay, only books

as for 2000 posts: !!!!!!!!

pretty cool, you can celebrate one hundred pages and 2000 posts at the same time

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Heres my dilemma:ive always been getting frequent "Driver IRQ not equal to or less than errors" , so to try to remedy the problem I go DL the latest NForce4 Standalone drivers(im using NForce4 drivers from the CD). In the middle of installing these drivers, that damn BSOD with the "driver irq..." error shows up again and the computer reboots itself. Except the it can't boot up anymore. A certain boot file was missing (forgot which) so I used the repair option from my WinXP disk. Reboot thinking its fixed but now it says "NTLDR" missing and wont boot. I seemed to have tried everything. I goto the repair console and try "fixboot" but get the same error. On the repair console i try to copy the files manually by typing "copy C:/i386/NTLDR" but it says access denied. I dont know what else to do. Someone help?

Heres my Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe 1006 Bios
Athlon64 3500+
2 WD Raptors on Raid 0 using NVRAID
Corsair 1024 TWINXPRO
CoolerMaster RealPower 450
GeForce 6800 Ultra PCI-E

Phil Turner Mar 31, 2005, 10:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hey Mike,

I'm following your graphics card configuration guide earlier in this post. In step 4, you mention that I have to follow the procedure for both graphics cards displayed in the menu. Which menu allows me to select the other card? I don't see two cards displayed anywhere except in the Device Manager. I'm not in SLI mode, but the card on the MB is set on dual. There is only one card displayed in the menu to the left of the card settings on IRQ 18. I checked the other one and it is on IRQ 19, but no settings anywhere. How do I proceed?

Thanks, Phil

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Edited: Mar 31, 2005, 10:30pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Nick

Copy boot.ini, ntldr, NTDETECT dot COM to a floppy from another computer with XP on it. Then, when you have an NTLDR error, just put the floppy in A: and boot. Hope your problem isn't to serious.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Phil Turner

Step 1 will show you how to get the second graphics card to show in that menu.

Mike :)

Roger Webster Mar 31, 2005, 11:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I'd like to understand *why* the method on page 16 for the second video card works. Assuming that it does (it certainly seems to), what exaclty is going on? At what point in the boot process are the overclock settings applied? At what point in the boot process is "SLI" turned "on" when it's enabled? For that matter, where are the values to be applied stored (in the registry? which key[s]?)?

Again, assuming it works, there must be some video-card enumeration and initialization that applies (registry?-based settings) at some point in the boot process, and at some later point in the boot process, the software switch that actually enables SLI mode is also turned on.

Also, why does setting clock frequencies on "The Card" when I'm already in SLI mode *not* set the overclock on both cards simultaneously? I presume NVidia knows about this bug, as it seems like a very serious problem indeed.

One experiment I have not run is to set the clock frequencies in SLI mode, then turn it off, then check the freqencies of the individual cards to see if they are both set to the overclocked values. Mike, did you try this and discover that indeed one card had been overclocked and the other had not?

Is there a probe that will report the individual freqencies of the cards when SLI is enabled (I sure haven't figured a way)?

Enquiring minds want to know...

Nick Corpuz Mar 31, 2005, 11:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
So should I but the boot order as A:, then C:? How would booting off the floppy with those files make windows boot?

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Nick Corpuz:

I had that problem with my RAID 1 when my BIOS reset itself. I rebuilt the RAID array with the Nvidia RAID manager in BIOS to fix it.

James Dean Mar 31, 2005, 11:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike, I followed your procedure to get the "defective card' to work in single mode in the Primary PCI EXpress slot. It worked ! I now have that card in the Primary PCI EXpress slot and nothing in secondary with the EZ Selector set to Single mode, and i set the BIOS and entered Windows with no problem. Now what should I do to get SLI working? Is this the part I have to pay for (the "juice"?!) . Please reply quickly because I am very excited about this development (I had already gotten an RMA number for that card in a moment of hopelessness, but maybe i wont need to use that RMA number anymore!!) Thanks Mike, waiting for your reply :),

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
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

I'm sorry to be reposting this, but I only got one reply and it wasn't very helpful.

Some good insight would be very appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Gerrard Shaw Apr 01, 2005, 04:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 01, 2005, 04:15am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hey guys some more info for you on my mobo problems...

- I tried the install with my old original XP release and also with a new XP with SP2 CD that I borrowed, both hang at the same place each time although the newer SP2 CD was perfect first time round

- I took out the NEC DVD-RW drive and tried intalling using an old Goldstar CD Drive (looks like an LG) that 100% works I used it in my old PC until that got a DVD-ROM and it does the same thing at the same point so I don't think it's the drive.

- I will try another HDD tonight and see what happens. Unfortunately I don't have any access to SATA drives so it's IDE only I'm afraid. I'll try swapping the channels over and see what happens.

- I think the IDE cable error may have been a bug on the original BIOS - it's gone now I've updated to 1006 revsion

- Yes I am still using the same PSU but I really don't think that it's the problem otherwsie I wouldn't have been able to install or boot the PC in the first place juding by what other people have said...

If none of that works it might be the mobo cos it's strange how it worked before but not now just like something's gone bad it's not oveheating I didn't ifddle with any hardware before it went mad so I just don't know what happened :(

Problem is to someone that hasn't treid booting from CD it looks like it's working fine so would I even get a replacement from the supplier (dabs.com) or will they start being awkward saying it works etc etc...

Thanks again for your help so far,

Gerrard

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>> FSB and Memory Errors/Crashes
I have a 939 pin proc (3000+) on my mobo and I've noticed that the Ai Booster has never actually reaches 2000MHz FSB. To begin with it was only clocking at 1600 (the benchmark speed of the 754pin), but last night I had to do a restore back to the day before last. The only thing I had changed was installed Spybot (the reason i had to restore) and some cosmetic changes to windows.

Now Ai Booster is telling me its clocking at 800MHz FSB. >< I've actually seen a small drop in performance while "working" in some games. I tweaked it up with the NOS feature (still too newb to play with the BIOS) but it had no effect.... still 1808.46MHz at 800MHz FSB

the other question:

While playing some games (world of warcraft mainly) and doing other basic applications, the program crashes and an error pops up telling me there was an error reading lines: (can't remember the line numbers).
I'm using Kingston value Ram. 1GB Dual Channel (2 x 512). The mobo says it's compatible (although i know that there have been some ram compatibility issues with this mobo.

Help meh please =D

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
John Byrd

Now Ai Booster is telling me its clocking at 800MHz FSB. >< I've actually seen a small drop in performance while "working" in some games. I tweaked it up with the NOS feature (still too newb to play with the BIOS) but it had no effect.... still 1808.46MHz at 800MHz FSB
>>>Set the HT Link Multiplier in the BIOS to no more than 4X, and the PCI Synchronization Mode to AUTO, use your manual to find out how. Don't go over 108% in both NOS or AI in an automatic environment.

the other question:

While playing some games (world of warcraft mainly) and doing other basic applications, the program crashes and an error pops up telling me there was an error reading lines: (can't remember the line numbers).
I'm using Kingston value Ram. 1GB Dual Channel (2 x 512). The mobo says it's compatible (although i know that there have been some ram compatibility issues with this mobo.
>>>What are your RAM timings and CPU settings (Multiplier, etc.) at the present time?

Mike :)



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