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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 03, 2005, 03:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 03, 2005, 03:57pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Merc

Device manger shows the Nividia drivers but deosn't show the '97 device? Should it?
>>>Yes.
Device manager, Sound, video and game controllers, Realtek AC'97 Audio.
Mike :)

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 03, 2005, 04:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Alexander Keller

>>>Which SATA are you using, NVRAID SATA 1? If not, put it there!
>>>Make sure NVRaid is disabled in the BIOS.
>>>Reboot and go back to the BIOS and make sure that in the MAIN window, your drive shows up under Primary Master SATA 1.
>>>Leave your IDE disconnected for now.

Mike :)

Tim Acheson Apr 03, 2005, 04:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike

You wrote:
"Half measures avail us nothing.

Get a better PSU before you fire-up the next one, you're pushing your luck with an 18 AMP power supply, and remember, this is not RMS and there is an effeciency rating which lowers this number even more."

I contacted ASUS tech support about the PSU. As it makes me mad that the board is rated to operate with a 350w PSU, but I am told that my 380w is not enough. He wanted to know the rating on the 3.3v. Now looking at the sticker on my PSU, I see the 12v rail is rated at 24A and the 3.3 at 28A. This information contradicts the "specs" I find on the web which state that the 12v is 18A. I guess I should trust the sticker on my PSU more. That being said, should the PSU be an issue? Are those realistic specs for a 380w PSU? This is the PSU that comes stock with the Antec Sonata case.

I have to figure this stuff out, I don't really have a good local store for help, nor do I have the credit to just start buying new parts until I get it right.

Thanks again for your time and effort.

Tim

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Edited: Apr 03, 2005, 06:01pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I guess I should trust the sticker on my PSU more.

>>>Yes, trust the sticker (I thought from your previous post it was 18 AMPS, period).
A lot of power supplies from the same manufacturer have the same model number but different revision numbers, the basic power supplies start at certain amperages and wattages but they upgrade the exact same units with different components.
24 Amps sounds better

I contacted ASUS tech support about the PSU. As it makes me mad that the board is rated to operate with a 350w PSU
>>>Depends on how many devices, type of video card and other factors such as efficiency,, RMS or Peak values, power factors, continuous ratings etc..., did they tell you this?

Power requirement information

Configuration Heavy Load - Normal Load - Light Load
AMD K8 939 CPU Type FX-55 - 3800+ - 3500+
PCIe x16 Video Cards 6800Ultra - x2 6800GT - x2 - 6600GT x2
DDR DIMM Modules 4 - 2 - 2
HDD(IDE or SATA) 4 - 2 - 2
CD/DVD (IDE or SATA) 2 - 2 - 1
PCIe x1 Cards 1 - 0 - 0
PCI Cards 3 - 2 - 1
1394 Devices 1 - 0 - 0
USB Devices 6 - 4 - 3
Requied + 12V current > (25A) > (20A) > (17A)
Required wattage >= 500W >= 400W >= 350W

http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket939/a8nsli-d/power.htm


Mike :)

OldeCrow R Apr 03, 2005, 05:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
help! ive been fighting with this machine for a week!

minor issue:

"safely remove hardware icon" isnt being displayed in the system tray consistantly.

major issue:

i can set the graphix clock settings for my xfx 6600gt's (auto detect settings and back them off a bit)
and everything seems fine when i test the speeds but when i enable sli and start 3dmark05 (and presumeably any other graphix app) i get the "silent stress test lo>lo" error and of course it wont switch to 3d speeds. on my initial install i got the cards clocked at 580 / 1100 and with a little tweaking managed to get a 3dmark05 score of 6767 and it ran this way without problems since january, Im not really sure when the problems started but i killed the previous install upgrading to 6.53 nforce and now that im benchmarking on a clean install with the newer drivers i can see theres a problem of some kind ..

ill test each card seperatly tonight when i get home, the only thing i can think of is one of the cards isnt working at higher clock speeds

does anyone have any other ideas ?

drivers:
nforce 6.53
forceware 71.84
bios 1006

hardware:
asus a8n-sli deluxe
ocz pc3200 (the good 2.2.2.5 stuff)
xfx 6600gt X2
wd raptor 76gig sata
wd raptor 36gig sata
wd 80 gig sata
sony dvd burner
sony dvd-rom

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 03, 2005, 06:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
OldeCrow R

>>>Run both cards with no overclock just to see if they work ok for starters.

Mike :)

Oyvind Sorensen Apr 03, 2005, 07:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
i built myself a new computer with this MB about a month ago and its still a pain =(

it got much better after i upgraded BIOS and did all the setting so i thank you for this FAQ

my specs :
Arctic Cooling Silent Case Miditower AC-CASE-350 w/350W Seasonic powersupply
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0 GHz Socket 939 512KB cache "Winchester"
Zalman CNPS7700B-Cu CPU-FAN Socket 939
Asus A8N-SLI DeLuxe nForce4 SLI S-939
Western Digital 200GB S-ATA 7200 RPM Caviar Special Edition 8MB cache
Corsair ValueS 1024MB DDR-DIMM PC3200 Kit w/two matched Value Select 512MB
Point Of View Geforce 6600 GT PCI-X

I havent overclocked or have any plans or doing so i just want an stable system. Im only using this computer for EverQuest 2

My problem is that i install Windows XP PRO SP2 and then the system is stable for about a week, then suddenly it freezes up after about 10 mins of play.

Re-install system and it stays stable for another week then same story

ive tried this with both Windows XP PRO SP1 and SP2 and ive checked all the temps of CPU etc and they are all normal.

any idea what can be wrong with my system ? any feedback is appreciated


Oyvind Sorensen

james griffiths Apr 03, 2005, 07:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi.

I have a problem with the RAID on my system (surprise surprise!)

I had two 74gb Raptors and two 300gb Barracudas running in two pairs of RAID 1, and it was running perfectly until I updated the BIOS to 1006.

Now, when I try to boot with the RAID enabled, it won't, but it works fine with it disabled.

As suggested earlier, I tried to rebuild the array on the raptors, and I did manage to boot into windows, but the other array wasn't displaying correctly. I restarted to see if I could figure out was going on, but couldn't boot on my next attempt. I guess I must have rebuilt off the wrong drive, as I have to boot off the second raptor when the array is disabled now.

It hasn't affected me booting up with the array disabled though......

Previously, I was getting an ntldr missing message, but after the rebuild now it just locks up and I have to restart manually. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

As you may guess, I'm no computer wizard! My friend built it for me, but I figure if I'm going to be stupid enough to own a new piece of equipment like this, I ought to at least TRY to sort it out before going skulking back to him in shame :-)

If it helps, here's my spec:

Asus A8N-SLI deluxe
AMD Athlon64 4000+
2x1gb Crucial Ballistix
2x74gb WD Raptors
2x 300gb Seagate Barracudas
Geforce 6600 gt
Hiper HPU-4S525 psu

Thanks

James.

Dean Edward Apr 03, 2005, 08:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>>  NVidia adds another SLI PSU to its list
Sorry to cut in off topic.


http://www.pcpowercooling.com/about/whatnew_850_ETX.htm


wonder if Antec and Enermax will wade in soon with an x-treme PSU that can get NVidia certification?

cheers! Dean

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 03, 2005, 08:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 03, 2005, 08:55pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dean Edward

I really like that power supply, think I'm going to get me one.
850 Watts continuous, matched Amps on the PCI E, power factor near 1, nice!

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/product_info.php?produc...4e0fbc84d9
What a beast!

Thanks for the post Dean.

Mike :)

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Edited: Apr 03, 2005, 09:44pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
james griffiths

I have a problem with the RAID on my system (surprise surprise!)
>>>Not really! lol

I had two 74gb Raptors and two 300gb Barracudas running in two pairs of RAID 1, and it was running perfectly until I updated the BIOS to 1006.
>>>Bad luck I suppose!

Now, when I try to boot with the RAID enabled, it won't, but it works fine with it disabled.
>>>You need to reinstall the drivers from the F6 Prompt and effect the second windows repair option.

As suggested earlier, I tried to rebuild the array on the raptors
>>>Jumped the gun on that one.

Mike :)

Merc Apr 03, 2005, 10:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 03, 2005, 10:51pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Well, tried everything and I can't get a peep out of my sound system. Used both the Realtek and Nvidia audio drivers and nothing. FWIW, when the realtek drivers are downloaded, device manager shows the Realtek AC97 device. When Nvidia drivers are loaded, DM shows an Nvidia device. I removed drivers before installing new and installed over old just to be safe. The realtek drivers have a detect function and do detect that speakers or headphones are plugged in so the plug is alive.

Only anomaly I see is that when running the same detect function there is nothing detected for line in. it tells me to ensure that no other audio devices are running and there are none that I can see. Could the Windows Media Player 10 be the culprit?

If worse comes to worse I can install a soundblaster 24 (I mainly use headphones so I'm not looking for an audio experience anyways). Just hate to give up on the onboard device so any suggestions would be most welcome.

BTW that 850 PSU is really something but $500!!! Yikes. LOL. You should open a paypal mike so that we can all chip in and get it for you as thanks for all your great work here on this forum.

Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
Dual Watercooling Loops
Asus P5K Deluxe BIOS 0404
Core 2 Duo Q6600 (3600MHz@1.46v)
Max OC 4050MhHz at 1.65v
1 x XFX 8800GTX XXX Watercooled
2 GB Team Xtreme DDR2 800-PC6400
2 x 150gb WD in Raptors in RAID 0
1 x 640
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 03, 2005, 11:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 03, 2005, 11:27pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks Merc!

Man, must be settings somewhere stopping you from getting sound, I hope you find the problem.

>>>Try this. Remove all loads from sound ports, go to BIOS and disable AC audio, F10, boot into windows, Reg Clean. Shutdown, power down, clear CMOS, reset and enable AC audio then boot into windows.
>>>Try uninstalling and installing drivers in safe mode under full Administrative rights not your account.
>>>I think you're using the sound effects manager in the control panel, perform tests there.
>>>Make sure every single volume control is activated in the Sounds and audio devices > volume tab > Advanced >Options > Properties > Playback and Recording with Realtek Mixer

Just take a peak at the Device Manager and make sure AC97 is clear of faults when trying your sound out.

Mike :)

OldeCrow R Apr 03, 2005, 11:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike

Ive now tested them both by swaping them around. ive tested them both at regular clock settings and got them both to test out and benchmark at 560 / 1120 so both cards seem to be functional

ill amend my earlier post about minor problems .. im loosing startup icons in my systray .. it starts with the usb "safely remove hardware icon" it goes away and doesnt behave properly. then i loose the nvidia firewall icon after that, not durring the same startup cycle either .. im not sure if there is something else missing or not ..
currently the machine is not overclocked at all other than the slight over clock on the video card. i cant decide if its a data corruption issue with the drive or if its a startup item thats just choking ..

Im going to flash back to the 1004 bios and downgrade to the 6.39 nforce drivers and see if the problems are still present .. Im starting to wonder if i have a hardware failure of some kind but I cant get any benchmarks or diagnostics to spit up any errors ..

Ton Wissink Apr 04, 2005, 09:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Merc>

Do you have front panel audio on your case perhaps? I had no sound from the left and discovered that it was because my shop had misplaced a connector for the front panel audio on the mobo pins. When I removed all and reattached them (no easy task with with this mobo, had to remove my geforce and still it was a pain to reach), the sound worked flawless.

Hope it helps :)


Merc Apr 04, 2005, 10:01am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'll give it a shot Mike. Thanks. Probably not a bad thing using a sound card, take that much more pressure off of the CPU/chipset. When I used a soundcard in my old Dell it speeded things up but this thing is so fast already it's amazing. I'll keep trying to resolve the issue though. I always learn something new when I get into troubleshooting.

Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
Dual Watercooling Loops
Asus P5K Deluxe BIOS 0404
Core 2 Duo Q6600 (3600MHz@1.46v)
Max OC 4050MhHz at 1.65v
1 x XFX 8800GTX XXX Watercooled
2 GB Team Xtreme DDR2 800-PC6400
2 x 150gb WD in Raptors in RAID 0
1 x 640
Merc Apr 04, 2005, 11:32am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike-
Yes, I do have front panel audio but didn't hook it up as the cord was a little short and I never use it anyway. I didn't think this would be an issue. Logically, why would the "sound card" care whether the front panel audio is set up? Of course logic fails a lot w/ PC's LOl. Possibly I should hook it up and see if it helps.

Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
Dual Watercooling Loops
Asus P5K Deluxe BIOS 0404
Core 2 Duo Q6600 (3600MHz@1.46v)
Max OC 4050MhHz at 1.65v
1 x XFX 8800GTX XXX Watercooled
2 GB Team Xtreme DDR2 800-PC6400
2 x 150gb WD in Raptors in RAID 0
1 x 640
Jim Spencer Apr 04, 2005, 11:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I've given up on trying to power up my PC! I've sent back the motherboard, cpu, ram and graphics card - I'm leaving the computer I purchased it all from to build it up and test it before returning it all.

bilie ! Apr 04, 2005, 11:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ ....
Hi to all !

First of all... both thumbs up for you guys... for creating such an informative discussion.

Though I'm still unable to make my system up and running even after reading it. So I'll highly appreciate if you can help. I got Asus A8N-SLI(the worst motherboard I ever come across and I always regret my decision of buying it). Anyways, I put everything fine but when I try to on it, nothing happened, no sound out of speakers, nothing at screen, system sleeps and fans move.

I downloaded bios 1006 and created bootable floppy as well but point is, how can I update bios when nothing is showing up. I tried to clear memory a couple of times as well but same luck. Funniest thing is that no device is running, I tried to boot from keyboard by pressing <ALT>+ F2 but keyboard is dead. I tried to check it and it was plugged properly.

Now I'm in fix...nothing is coming up...plz help

My system configurations

AMD Athlon 3500+
ASUS A8N-SLI
One 333 Mhz RAM, 1GB in B1 memory bank
Thermaltake casing and 480 PSU

Your replies are highly appreciated.

Regards,
Bilie


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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Bilie!
You've probably done this already but make sure that the connector from your case's on switch is on the correct pins. I took me about three hours to figure out that I had the connector on the wrong pins, it is very easy to get them wrong.
Also, post the make and model of your video card.


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