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bilie ! Apr 04, 2005, 12:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi!

Thnx for your quick reply?, do you mean to say that my Keyboard is not connected to right port?.

VGD card is MSI NX6200, PCI-E. I installed it on blue PCI-E.


Regards,
Bilie


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Merc Apr 04, 2005, 12:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike-
You helped again, thanks. Rerouted the cable for front panel audio, plugged it in, booted and ouila, I now have sound again. Why it is necessary to hook up front panel audio is beyond me (what if your case doesn't have FP audio) but it worked. I figured it was some kind of wiring issue as everything was alive but would not have guessed this was it. FWIW all, another lesson learned.
Merc

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
bilie ! Apr 04, 2005, 12:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi again!

I checked again, and system PLED and other cables are configured properly. When I on the mother board, it work fine. Fan moves. Though I don't get any HD LED at front of my case:p. Green LED on motherboard lit as well. I can see that harddisk is spinning,watelse?. Biggest surprise is why my keyboard is dead and no sound in speakers.

Regards,
Bilie


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Merc Apr 04, 2005, 12:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Bilie-
I had a similar problem and it turned out to be a twofold solution (nwither of which had anything to do w/ the A8N)
1. I had a bad SATA/HDD cable. Replaced it and booted ok.
2. I had installed a Lian Li silver faceplate over my CD ROM door and it was pushing in the eject button causing system to halt on boot. Adjusted CD ROM positioning and all worked fine.

My suggestion is unplug all drives (HDD, CDROM FLOPPY, USB Cable, Firewire) and restart. If you can get into BIOS you know your problem is one of those now removed devices. Then plug things back in one at a time and restart, when it won't boot you've isolated your problem.

IF still no-go then recheck wiring, maybe swithch leads around (on/off, HDD LED, On LED, Reset etc.).


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
Will Bazdarich Apr 04, 2005, 01:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
bilie,
Sorry I wasn't clear. I didn't mean the keyboard cable I meant the leads from your case. Sounds like you did check those anyways. Are the leads from your case in a single solid block or individual two-pin plugs?

another thing you can check:
Make sure the 4 pin 12V plug from your power supply is plugged into the board.

Also, are the fans spinning as soon as you turn the power supply on in the back of the system or do they begin spinning when you press the power button? If it is the second then you probably have all your pins plugged in correctly.

Gerrard Shaw Apr 04, 2005, 01:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 04, 2005, 01:39pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
More weird stuff from my A8N-SLi - I wish there was another AMD64 \ PCIe board available when I ordered it as this thing has been a right pain in the backside...

- started PC up to try and get Windows on the mobo went through post then just a black screen with flashing cursor no device list no floppy seek rattle no HDD boot nothing

- next reset black lines start appearing in the Proactive AI Asus A8N-SLi logo on startup they got worse for 2 restarts until there was about 10 of em across the screen not massive ones just medium size a few pixels wide fuzzy looking I thought that was strange

- still no luck with XP so I tried a Windows 2000 CD through DOS boot disk - I know the CD has a few errors but near the endof file copying nothing could be copied at all - I know the CD isn't that bad so an HDD \ IDE error maybe?

- then a hang while copying files for XP setup afetr HDD was reformatted just IDE light on no CDROM or HDD acitivity could be heard

- next restart logo back to normal reflashed back to old BIOS as well to try it return of no 80 pin conductor error still no better off

Is it the PSU is it the IDE chip is it the mobo... I feel like giving up with the heap o' junk if I RMA it should I get another A8N-SLi board or go for another make - maybe non-SLi as well because it seems like a waste of time more aggro than it's worth...

Ardem Dellian Apr 04, 2005, 04:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I'd posted description of my troubles with my SATA 250Gb hard drive few pages ago - Win XP would not boot from HDD, or hangs on file copying. I disabled nForce4 SATA controller at all and connected my HDD to Silicon RAID in a JBOD configuration - my system works fine since, no problem at all.

david cole Apr 04, 2005, 04:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Still not getting disk drives on the Sil SATA unit recognized in Windows. The past couple of posts by me have described how the nVidia RAID is working well, but the two data drives mounted on the Sil SATA controller are not seen for formatting or use. Over a period of time, I have tried different install methods to no avail, even have now formatted the drives from the nVidia controller so they could be read if needed.

A collective summary of the recent or current setup happenings:
The Sil SATA controller is enabled in the BIOS.
Win XP has been re-installed with and without adding the diskette for the Sil RAID drivers, with no discernable difference.
I have been careful NOT to create any RAID configuration on the Sil controller.

At boot time, the Sil 3114 RAID BIOS Version 5.1.39 is listed on the screen (even when RAID driver NOT installed). If the disk cables are attached, the two Seagates are shown, followed by a quick message for invalid device. If cables are not attached, no disks are listed of course.

Next, the nVidia controller is listed with its 138GB RAID-0 array.

After this Windows loads. In the Device Manager under Disk Drives, the C: raid-0 and the independent F: data drive on the nVidia controller are shown, and all this seems to be working properly. In this disk list, the Sil mounted disks do not appear. Should they not appear in this list if all is setup correct?

Further down the Device Manager list, multiple yellow question marks appear for several items, including the items listed in my post a page or two back. This appears whether or not the Sil driver disk was inserted during Win installation. So far I have no clues from what is listed in the 'details tab' what each is referring too to help resolve this. Basically the details say no resources are being used as no driver has been installed. Again, no clues to what driver is missing. However, I would not think that the disks in question would be listed or referred to in this section.

If you have sucessful independent drives running on the Sil controller (not JBOD), would you please tell me what may be wrong - in other words how am I screwing up the setup! I do have a lot of computer training and experience, but somewhat limited in recent years on the hardware front. Still, I feel this really should be more straightforward then it appears to be. At this time I have no reason to believe it is faulty equipment involved, but I have been wrong before.

Based on previous comments, I truly felt it was going to be okay this last workover, but it is no different.

How can I tell if the Sil SATA controller is working? Is there a driver for this controller separate from the RAID driver that would/could be installed during XP install. For the record, during the XP install, the Sil setup (if used) showed only one driver to be loaded, which is selected from two listed depending on the version of Sindows you are installing. I assume from what I read that this is only needed IF you want RAID on the Sil controller.

I can't do anything further with this computer until I get these drive issues resolved. I beg you, if you have any word of wisdom (or even shaming me for my unknown screwup), send them forth! Thank you in advance.

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,
bilie ! Apr 04, 2005, 04:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi guys!

Thnx for your contribution. Leem explain my problem a bit, maybe you can help me

I disconnected everything and try to boot with minimal resources i.e. floppy, VGA and one RAM into B1. No luck

I checked but no CD rom problem.

Does this make any difference if I put Casing cables like PLED, IDE etc in wrong order. Mean order matters or I can put them in nay way as leads in my case are two pin cables (Thermaltake casing).

Four pin 12V plug in there as well but I am not sure about order here like 2 pins are 12 volts and 2 are ground, I'm doubted that I put it in wrong way but I'm afraid to replace them as if their order is right and i change it...there will be a bang. will be?.

Fans spin only when I turn on system by pressing Power.

HELP HELP HELP

The system doesn't boot..or even try to boot...just lay dead as limped fish. Not even beep sound.

Regards,
Bilie

PS: Should we sue ASUS by cheating us and wasting our money and time ;).


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Dirty Dog Apr 04, 2005, 04:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 04, 2005, 04:46pm EDT

 
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AMD Fx55
4x Corsair 3200XL-Pro
2x WD 74GB Raptors RAID 0 (NVRAID)
1x WD2500SD 250GB
2x eVGA 6800GT
Antec Neopower 480
nforce6.53 drivers
Detonator 71.84
Bios 1007.003


I have an unusual problem with the nVidia NIC. I was wondering if anyone has experienced/ found a fix for this. Tried doing a search, but was unable to find it.

There is a site that I frequent(fark.com) that has forums where they have photoshop competitions(sorta). Every time I tried to read a post where there are multiple photoshop entries I would get a blue screen of death (memory dump or nvraid.sys). No problem with any other sites or programs. I switched over to the Marvel NIC and have had no problems, but would prefer to use the nvidia NIC if I can get it to work right. I tried uninstalling/reinstalling/changing nForce drivers/bios with no luck.

Any ideas? Similar problems?

Steve

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 04, 2005, 05:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

Ton Wissink should be the one to credit about the cable. lol

Mike :)

Will Bazdarich Apr 04, 2005, 05:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
anyone having better luck with their SATA optical drives on this mobo.

I'm having such a problem with the IDE channels (recent update is that I slaved my dvd drive to the HDD on IDE0 and turned off IDE1 in the BIOS... this helped a little). Rather than buy a IDE burner I just went and got a USB one and that is working fine.

I was thinking about attempting to install a SATA DVD player (though I'm not having a whole lotta luck tracking down a SATA drive that isn't a burner too) and see how that works. If it does I'll probably put the IDE HDD into my BSD box and just take IDE out of the equation all together.

So anyways, if anyone has had luck with a certain SATA optical drive on this mobo I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks!

Merc Apr 04, 2005, 05:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OK. Thanks Tom! I still don't understand it but it works and that's good enough.

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
james antrobus Apr 04, 2005, 05:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi about to install the none deluxe a8n sli board but need help if you are only installing one sata hard drive do you need to make a boot disc with the nvidia raid drivers on it and install them by pressing f6 before i install windows xp for the first time or do you only do that if you have 2 sata drives.
thanks james

Merc Apr 04, 2005, 05:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bilie-
Yes, the order does matter, if I understand you correctly. Inside your Asus manual on page 2-29 there is a diagram of the chassis mounted functions pin set. It shows positive side and ground. On most Thermaltake pins they are grouped correctly with labels telling you the function of each connector PLED ='s Power LED, PSW = Power switch etc. On the backs of each of these connectors one side will have a little triangle, in my experience this designates that the wire in that connector is the ground (chime in guys if I am wrong). Plug them all in according to the ASUS manual and be careful not to misalign or shift their relative positions (easy to do).

When I said to unhook all the drives it was just to see if you could get into the BIOS. Could you get into BIOS when they were all unhooked? (unhook the floppy too)

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
Pod 13 Apr 04, 2005, 06:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 04, 2005, 06:19pm EDT

 
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To David Cole:

Double click on the raid controller with the yellow questionmark over it in device manager. Select Update Driver. Navigate to the \Drivers\Sil3114\Disk on the nVidia CD for the driver's location. After you get windows to see your controller properly (i.e. no yellow questionmarks) you should be able to see the drives under the device info tab of the Silicon Image SiI 3114 Softraid 5 Controller in device manager.


Pod 13 Apr 04, 2005, 06:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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to bilie !

It sounds like something on you board is shorted.

Start unplugging stuff until the machine starts beeping. Floppy, VGA, RAM, CPU, etc.

Once you at least get a beep, then start plugging stuff in. Eventually, you'll have enough to get windows installed and running.


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To Dirty Dog:

I had lots of problems with the nVidia NIC. It *seemed* to work but i would get very slow downloads sometimes and other times I would get dropped all together. Try disabling Checksum Offload or forcing Full Duplex (if your switch/hub/router supports Full Duplex). I eventually just used a different NIC.

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To Will Bazdarich

I'm using the following SATA DVD drive.
http://www.plextor.com/english/products/716A.htm

It didn't work when attached to the nVidia SATA controller with my HD but works fine alone on the SiI controller.

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To james antrobus

You only need to install the raid drivers during the install by hitting F6 if you are going to RAID your drives. Otherwise, the windows install will read them as individual drives fine without any additional software.


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