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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 06, 2005, 01:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 06, 2005, 01:21pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Liquid Snake

Look into this stuff, it works at 2-2-2-5 1T with two sticks and it's not as expensive as the others.
Excellent RAM!

http://www.gskill.com/pc4400-2.5-3-3-7-pc3200-tccd-2-2-2-5-dc.html
Lifetime Warranty

Mike :)

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Merc Apr 06, 2005, 01:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I, too, have had a fairly good experience w/ this board. This is my first build and I realized that I was probably going to complicate my life by utilizing such a high end, new technology card in conjunction w/ putting toghether a system for the first time but what the hell, I was willing to take the pain because I wanted most of the benefits this card offers. Were there screw-ups, yep, but not because of the Asus, just the builder. Not serious screwups, just missed punching a key here or not understanding a connection there and I intentionally avoided SLI as I thought trying to utilize SATA would be hard enough fo a first timer without trying to get into the whole dual GPU morass.

Everything was up and running in a few hours and I have been really happy with what I purchased and installed. As I have moved on with improvements I have run into deficifncies and problems with both my knowledge and the technology involved but I learned a great deal from each situation and am one helluva lot more comfortable with both PC hardware and software now than I was 3 months ago. It has been a real trip from "wide-eyed, never touched a naked hard drive before" noobie to a nonchalant, shifting things from case to case noobie.

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
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Edited: Apr 06, 2005, 02:39pm EDT

 
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Hi

Does exist a BIOS with older silicon image BIOS,which is compatible with non-RAID drives?
I can't understand why Silicon Image has downgraded the newer SIL BIOSes...
JBOD is not a solution for me....

Ryan Poremba Apr 06, 2005, 05:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ive been working with my friend trying to get this system up and running for about a week and a half now. its very unstable. my problem is, when i do anything, ex: open firefox, right click the desktop, etc. i notice (by using task manager) usage goes up to 100% and is super laggy. so i was wondering if anyone had any help to offer me?

specs are

A8N Deluxe with bios 1006
amd athlon 64 3500+
1x Asus EN 6600gt
512 x 2 corsair value select
Antec Neopower 480
Windows XP with SP2

thanks,

ryan

Jerry Beck Apr 06, 2005, 05:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello Mike,
did what you said, but since I am from Germany, my Windows version is German. But under

View > Devices by connection > ACPI Uniprocessor PC > Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System > PCI Bus

But it is just listed under PCI-Bus, no subsection. BUT I haven't found the SMBus in the device manager. Maybe this is it? But why does it appear under PCI Bus? Where is the SMBus in your listing?
Wow, this is interesting,
Jerry

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Ryan-
It sounds like a problem I had when overtweaking. Go back to default settings in BIOS, as much as reasonably possible, and see if that helps. Then start tuning slowly to see the effect each BIOS tweak has.
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
Ryan Poremba Apr 06, 2005, 06:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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actually evertyhing is set to default, thats waht i thought it was too, so i changed that

could it be my memory by itself? i wasnt sure how to find if it was 2 2 2 5 like what sanders said to use

Dave Ballantyne Apr 06, 2005, 06:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi All,

I am still getting Lockups , i have had my MB replaced but i immediately get the same problem.

but i found this thread

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=2972

Seems to imply that Nvidia IDE drivers lock up the machine ...

My fingers are well and truly crossed

Dave



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Mike

If you look on the SPD tab of cpuz.exe, it will show you the default timings table for your ram, Windows will normally set it to this if you have all settings set to AUTO in the BIOS.

>>> Your absolutly correct! the SPD tab does in fact show the correct timeings from the timing tables of the ram (2.2.2.5) however the MEMORY tab showed 2.3.3.5 untill i manually set the timing in bios thats why I was speculating that either the board didnt properly recognise the meory or OCZ is fudging the specs a little, whatever the case it does indeed run nicely at 2.2.2.5 :)

Jerry Beck

One issue (although it is not a big one) is still there. Like David Cole, if I understood correctly, I have one unknown device listed in the device manager which I can't find any driver for. It says it is in the PCI bus and nothing further. My system is running so far. I have the one HD at the Nvidia S-ATA connector without any raids active or installed in the BIOS/XP-System. Still I don't know what it is or what it is there for, any luck so far for David?

>>> Try upgrading the driver for the unknown device from the device manager and point the installer to your AIboost/acpi/win2000 folder for the driver, If you havent installed AIboost you will be missing an ACPI driver


Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 06, 2005, 07:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 06, 2005, 07:54pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mr Beck

I do believe OldeCrow R is correct on the ACPI idea, provided this is the missing one it will work.

fudging the specs
>>>Must be.
RAM does work nice at those timings.

Mike :)

david cole Apr 06, 2005, 07:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 06, 2005, 07:57pm EDT

 
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Mike and Pod13 (and all else who want to jump in),

Current progress (or perhaps lack-of):
Installed the Sil Raid, which loaded JAVA runtime files from the ASUS supplied CD. Now this install warned that any non-raid assigned drives mounted on the controller would be not be useable. However I continued thru the installation. The Sil controller now shows under SCSI and RAID Controllers list in the Device Manager, and the yellow flag is gone. The right-click Properties says the Sil31114 SoftRaid5 Controller is now working properly.

Remaining flag is for the video controller and I will update the video driver as soon Ias I have hard disks working properly.

On computer reboot to ensure all drivers are recognized, the POST screen still shows the two disks and their capacity on the screen briefly, still followed by the message "No valid device".

A new Window shows up after Windows opens, called SATARAID5(Array Manager), which shows the two drives as Device 0 and Device 1. The Device Summary tab indicates the devices are healthy, but at the combined disk capacity (550+GB) so it is now recognizing these drives as a combined unit. This window does not go away automatically as it wants you to configure the RAID 5 system (mirror/stripe/contiguous/etc), but since Raid5 requires minumum of 3 disks, it always returns a "Processing Error - no RAID set configured" message.

That is where it stands right now.

The disks still do not show in the Device Manager or Disk Management lists. If I right-click on the Sil controller in the Device Manager list, I get options to Disable or Uninstall. I have not taken either option yet as I wanted to post the current progress, and see what you think about it.

Added commentary: Personally, I think the info given by ASUS on the support of many disks (a purchase decision to me) was too flowery and a bit of a snow job. Continuing to read all literature I can find collectively suggest that the Sil controller is only suposed to suport RAID, not independent disks. So what is the purpose of them supplying a card for external SATA disks, like one would want to use on occasion for backup?

I am beginning to think I should just disable the Sil controller completely, and add a SATA controller card in a PCI slot. However, that would mean I could not physically have room in this unit to add both a second video card (for SLI) and a sound card ( I held off on buying sound card initially to keep purchase costs down for the time being).

Surely out there somewhere, someone has installed RAID on the nVidia controller and independent disks on this Sil controller without all this workaround.

Thanks for listening and encouraging/assisting me to continue. I want this to work.
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,
raymond Paxton Apr 06, 2005, 08:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi there,

just got an SLI rig up and running...have Winchester 90nm AMD 64 3500+ CPU with AKASA's 913 HSF.
x2 Leadtek 6800GT cards in SLI array, all OK. x2 IDE 160GB seagate drives, WNIXP SP2, AudigySB Plat Pro 2 Zs, Leadtek WinTV card, and the Asus A8N SLI Deluxe board.

My problem is, I had a set of 1Gb DDR400, Corsair VS twin 512 modules...and these run fine on the MB. so I thought I'd pick up another set of 1Gb DDR400, Corsair VS twin 512 modules...from the same distributors...however, although each pair works fine as a set on their own (e.g. boot with 1 pair in...either of them) the system will not boot and recognise BOTH sets of dimms, but will infact always defer to the latter DIMMS purchased just last week...

I saw a thread ref to the timings of the dimms...could this have an affect? and if so, is there anything I can do to get around this?!

Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
x2 LeadTek 6800GT
x2 Seagate Barracuda 160Gb ATA 100 HDD
2Gb Corsair VS DDR400
SB Audigy 2Zs Plat Pro
NEC 16x Dual Layer DVD burner
T7700 Speaker Array
21" Samsung SyncMaster 1100p plus
Alkemyst Darkened Apr 06, 2005, 09:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>You don't need to spend 1,000 CAD like I did for watercooling, but I can afford it, so I did!!!

wow just wow....about 90% of the threads here are you talking about yourself or how many people you helped.

Anyway...the types of fans they are using on these motherboards are a lot cheaper than a proper passive heatsink. Just because something has a wire going to it doesn't make it more expensive. ASUS knew people would be pushing the heck out of these motherboards so they are trying to keep problems to a minimum....a 8k fan is excessive....most problems here are user errors plain and simple. There is only a few real issues and only a few still that equate to a permanent problem. I have to say though my own board stopped liking SCSI....more than likely a driver/BIOS type of problem, possibly a legitimate hardware issue. I can *afford* to just go and buy a new board, so I picked up a MSI which seems very seasoned now. Still a $200+ lesson for some would mean no computer for a few months.

The ASUS chipset cooler retails in the $3-4 area and will cool a little better overall. A zalman nb47 has about a $9-10 retail price and doesn't quite cool as well, but is silent. Just so you understand the economics in their decision.


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Edited: Apr 06, 2005, 09:32pm EDT

 
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david cole

Installed the Sil Raid, which loaded JAVA runtime files from the ASUS supplied CD. Now this install warned that any non-raid assigned drives mounted on the controller would be not be useable. However I continued thru the installation. The Sil controller now shows under SCSI and RAID Controllers list in the Device Manager, and the yellow flag is gone. The right-click Properties says the Sil31114 SoftRaid5 Controller is now working properly.
>>>I told you it would. I rest my case on that one.

Remaining flag is for the video controller and I will update the video driver as soon Ias I have hard disks working properly.

On computer reboot to ensure all drivers are recognized, the POST screen still shows the two disks and their capacity on the screen briefly, still followed by the message "No valid device".
>>>Not for long.

A new Window shows up after Windows opens, called SATARAID5(Array Manager), which shows the two drives as Device 0 and Device 1. The Device Summary tab indicates the devices are healthy, but at the combined disk capacity (550+GB) so it is now recognizing these drives as a combined unit. This window does not go away automatically as it wants you to configure the RAID 5 system (mirror/stripe/contiguous/etc), but since Raid5 requires minumum of 3 disks, it always returns a "Processing Error - no RAID set configured" message.
>>>Create a RAID on boot up, "I'm having a deja vue", I posted a little guide one or two pages back for you.

That is where it stands right now.

The disks still do not show in the Device Manager or Disk Management lists.
>>>Create the RAID. They need to be formatted! Then delete in Disk Management etc as per my recent post.

If I right-click on the Sil controller in the Device Manager list, I get options to Disable or Uninstall. I have not taken either option yet as I wanted to post the current progress, and see what you think about it.
>>>Good, if you do delete, you will be one step back.

Added commentary: Personally, I think the info given by ASUS on the support of many disks (a purchase decision to me) was too flowery and a bit of a snow job. Continuing to read all literature I can find collectively suggest that the Sil controller is only suposed to suport RAID, not independent disks. So what is the purpose of them supplying a card for external SATA disks, like one would want to use on occasion for backup?
>>>The problem is that your system did not recognize your drives as singles. Under normal circumstances it should! So, you're left with a problem like hundreds of other people here, some are the same, and some are not, some can use the same fix, and some cannot.

I am beginning to think I should just disable the Sil controller completely.
>>>It would also show that you're giving up, are you a quitter? Or do you want to repair this problem marine. lol

Surely out there somewhere, someone has installed RAID on the nVidia controller and independent disks on this Sil controller without all this workaround.
>>>Yes you are correct, shouldn't be this way, but it is, and you need to work around this problem. If everything would have been fine, you would be up and running like the rest who have such a setup.

RAID is RAID (controllers and all) no matter how you slice it, doesn't matter if it's this board or others, you can get the same problems.

Did you read my last posts?

Mike :)

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Alkemyst Darkened

Go f**k yourself !
Starting yours**t again ?

Sorry folks, didn't mean to voice myself to this extent, but this guy is really too much!

Mike Thellend

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Mike

I have checked all the parts of my PC and I have the bare essentials plugged onto my Power supply and now it reboots more often.

when it reboots this is the error message that I received.

Error Message
BCCode : 1000000a BCP1 : 00000000 BCP2 : 00000002 BCP3 : 00000001
BCP4 : 8051E106 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 2_0 Product : 256_1

It is a System error 102 Event 1003 . That's what it shows up in the event viewer.

Can you tell me exactly what caused the machine to reboot?

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jo jo

Can you list exactly what you have connected now?
USB mouse etc...

Mike

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Extermally the items connected to my PC are a regular Keyboard , Wireless Logitech USB mouse, 19 inch flat screen MAG Innovision Monitor.

Internally I have 1 120M fan and 2 80mm fans for circulation for the case. AMD 3500+ Processor, Beetle Thermaltake Heatsink, 160 GB WD SATA HD, Sapphire Radeon ATI x800 pro video card,

The Power Supply that I have is ULTRA X CONNECT 500W Power Supply..

I also have the Aspire X Navigator case which has the front USB ports and I plugged that into the case. The case also has front LED's but those have died and i think that might also be associated to the problem.


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Wireless Logitech USB mouse

>>>To make sure, please use a standard mouse, no USB devices, see if your problem clears after this.

I also have the Aspire X Navigator case which has the front USB ports and I plugged that into the case.

and I plugged that into the case
>>>Do you mean motherboard?
>>>Disconnect

Mike :)

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raymond Paxton

You will need to clear your CMOS and reset the BIOS. Just set the boot order, video etc. and leave DRAM settings to default.

Mike :)


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