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Dexter Punksta Feb 14, 2005, 09:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>>> The odd thing is the system will boot if I take the card out of the PCIEX16_1 and put it into the PCIEX16_2.


sorry that i havnt read the entire thread, its kinda lengthy.. but i read this, and i get the same problem. runs in second slot, but only at 1x .. and wont boot at all in the first slot. At the start i thought perhaps it was ment to be in the second slot and that i had solved the problem, but when i ran a benchmark, it was performing really bad. 2200 on 3dmark05.. and then saw it was only running at 1x.

My specs are:

Asus A8N - SLI Deluxe
1x BFG 6600GT Overclocked one (SLI)
2x 512 Kingston mem in A1 and B1
AMD 64 3500
500Watt PSU - no idea of brand.. i was told it was true 500watt and it could be the problem i dont know. But i would have thought the PSU would cope with only one vid card.

Im going to take it all back to the shop i got it from tomorrow, so ill report back if i nailed the problem. if it gets too much of a headache, i might just get them to swap it with a gigabyte SLI board even though its $50 more.

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The computer has gone back to the shop, they tryed another PSU while i was there.. same one mind you :s
and the problem was still there. i left the PC with them, and they have since told me they tryed a X600XT in the board and it doesnt fail the VGA bios test. But i dont want a cruddy X600 lol.. they reckon the problem isnt with the board or PSU, and its some compatiability issues or problem with the BFGtech 6600GT OC.. they said they dont have another 6600GT to chuck in the board so i might have to wait another 1 - 5 days for them to get one in.. the anoying part about all this is that they are charging me labour doing this when its a problem with one of their parts.. oh well looks like ill be paying this one off for a while yet.

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Kris Newman Feb 14, 2005, 11:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi all. Just wanted to send a quick thanks to everyone contributing to this thread. I've been lurking here since Saturday, and I think I may have gotten my system working finally. I've had a bunch of different problems and I thought I'd share them in case anyone else has them.

My rig:
A8N-SLI Deluxe
Athlon64 FX53
2GB RAM - Corsair TwinX 3200XLPro
2 x 74G Raptors RAID0 (I originally tried 4 drives in a 1+0 RAID - No luck. Will try again with new PSU)
Thermaltake Shark Case
Antec TruePower 550 EPS12V (replaced Ultra XConnect 500)
2 x BFG 6800 Ultra OC

Problems and solutions:

1. Drive/File corruption
PSU not adequate to drive SLI and 4 10k drives. Dropped 2, converted to RAID0 array.

2. Random lockups
Assumption is that they were caused by PSU not being up to the task. If you have the Ultra XConnect 500, and you want SLI...then you might want to look at another PSU.

3. BSOD - IRQ NOT LESS OR EQUAL
This was a frustrating one. AMD's and SP2 and NVidia drivers don't play well together. Change /noexecute=optin to /execute=optin in your boot settings.

4. BSOD - PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA
Another icky. 71.25 drivers sometimes show this behavior. BEst advice on the web is to move back. I moved to the 71.80's. No problems whatsoever, despite what I've read about them. I only play EQ2, so I didn't have to deal with pee-yellow water in Half Life. :)

5. GENERAL
Clean install, then driver install. If you upgrade or downgrade the drivers, run an NVidia cleaner in between.

Benchmarks:

3dmark03 - 21403 (HOLY CRAP!!!!!)
3dMark05 - 9554
I'm showing 45-60 FPS in EQ2 with the 71.80 drivers. That's runing around in populated zones set on Very High Quality.

Stick with it. This board can work.


Asus A8n-SLi-Premium (1005 Bios)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4400 / Zalman 7000B-CU
2x512MB OCZ Platinum Rev 2
2 x BFG 7800GTX
Seasonic S12 600 PSU
CoolerMaster Centurion
Samsung Syncmaster 930B
One damn nice Logitech headset
David Minnitti Feb 15, 2005, 12:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi i was having the irql lesser or equal error how do i change my boot settings ?

Kris Newman Feb 15, 2005, 08:31am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Right click MY COMPUTER
select Properties - Advanced - Start Up & Recovery Settings & Edit under the system start up section
This will open the Boot.ini file in notepad (or your default editor)
Under [operating systems] replace the parameter /NoExecute=xxxxx with /Execute=Optin and then save & reboot

Asus A8n-SLi-Premium (1005 Bios)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4400 / Zalman 7000B-CU
2x512MB OCZ Platinum Rev 2
2 x BFG 7800GTX
Seasonic S12 600 PSU
CoolerMaster Centurion
Samsung Syncmaster 930B
One damn nice Logitech headset
Spamzy Feb 15, 2005, 08:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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noob question - I see alot of people having trouble getting the right PSU, would it be a safe bet to just get the Enermax Noisetaker 600W PSU atx 12v v2.0 - it says its SLI compatable, can you have too much power?

Kariage Kun Feb 15, 2005, 08:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 09:53am EST

 
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>2. Random lockups
Assumption is that they were caused by PSU not being up to the task. If you have the Ultra XConnect 500, and you want SLI...then you might want to look at another PSU.

Hi Kris,

You can check my previous post about this problem... as I stated before the problem could be the Corsair TwinX Memory... Many people (in this post, especially) have the same problems with lock up/freezes and surprisingly all of them are using Corsair TwinX memory...

I've found a solution for this but not verified... so far my computer has been running stable for about 36 hours and I'm using Xconnect Ultra 500 Watt PSU as well (but no 2x Geforce Ultra)...

You can try fixing this problem by going to bios and set your memory timing from AUTO to 1T (I haven't try 2T)...

In your case it could be true... Because 500watt PSU is the border line if you're using 2x Geforce 6800 Ultra with SLI mode :)

Kariage Kun Feb 15, 2005, 08:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 09:50am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>noob question - I see alot of people having trouble getting the right PSU, would it be a safe bet to just get the Enermax Noisetaker 600W PSU atx 12v v2.0 - it says its SLI compatable, can you have too much power?

Hi Spamzy,

Yes you can have too much power on your PSU :)

I have 500watt Ultra Xconnect Power supply and I'm only using Geforce 6200, almost no USB devices, etc... and according to the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe manual, my computer should be survive with 350 watt PSU...

So my conclusion is too much is better than having less power :)

Kariage Kun Feb 15, 2005, 09:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 09:37am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi All,

I have a SURPRISE NEWS for you especially for those of you who only have SINGLE NVIDIA video card (like me...)

Recently, after changing the bios settings according to the FAQ... I noticed a significant drop of my Asus EN Geforce 6200 performance... BEFORE the bios tweaking (almost everything set to default and auto) and my Ezselector card was set to Double Video card and SLI mode turn on... I have 4943 points on my 3dMark03 score and when I overclocked my system I have 5606 points...

After tweaking my bios from the FAQ and changing my hardware configuration (Ezselector card set to Single Video card and using Standard mode), my performance dropped significantly... I have 3237 points and when I overclocked it I have 5327 points... (3dMark03 score)

This is the interesting part...

I went to the bios and change these configuration:

SLI configuration:
Ezplug Warning = from Enabled to Disabled (since I dont plug 4 pin molex to the MB)
SLI Mode = from Standard to SLI

I keep my Bios setting at overclocked mode... (CPU settings manual, Video card overclocked, Memory all to autos except memory timing at 1T)

I ran the test again... guessed what? My 3dMark03 scores went up from 5327 to 5585 (Close to the previous performance which at 5606)...

As for not overclocked test...
I keep my CPU settings to manual as the FAQ said... My 3dMark03 scores went up from 3237 to 3325 (not even close to what I previously had :()

When I switched the CPU setting to Auto... I got 3557! (Again not even close to my previous score 4943 :( but hey a little boost for performance here)...

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To make the long story short:
- Enabling SLI mode (Disable the Ezplug warning) for SINGLE Video Card does Boost your performance...
- Settings CPU to Auto (for not overclocked system) also Boost your performance...

This is what I'm planning to try this evening to reveal the mystery of this board:
- Change the Ezselector card to Double Video card and plug the Ezplug with 4-pin molex

btw this is done with Forceware 66.93...

I'll keep this updated and also if anyone could verify this I would greatly appreciate it :)

Kris Newman Feb 15, 2005, 10:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>You can check my previous post about this problem... as I stated before the problem could be the Corsair TwinX Memory... Many people (in this post, especially) have the same problems with lock up/freezes and surprisingly all of them are using Corsair TwinX memory...

Ken, I was about to start suspecting my RAM until yesterday. As you know I have the TwinX. BUT...I've no got 24 hours of stable performance, inluding Prime95 and Memtest. I think it was defintly the PSU. I was running the whole system, including two Ultras and FOUR Raptors. There was just no way the PSU could take it.

I am fully convinced that my issues are a thing of the past, except for the occasioanly driver naughtiness from NVidia. In my case, it was adding the correct PSU, and speccing to this FAQ that fixed me.

Now if I could just run 4 512's at 1T :)

Asus A8n-SLi-Premium (1005 Bios)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4400 / Zalman 7000B-CU
2x512MB OCZ Platinum Rev 2
2 x BFG 7800GTX
Seasonic S12 600 PSU
CoolerMaster Centurion
Samsung Syncmaster 930B
One damn nice Logitech headset
Mark Donoghue Feb 15, 2005, 10:09am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Over the past couple of days I have been trying to absorb as much information as possible. Though this is one thing that is still confusing to me.

I read on a forum something about a making sure that the independant 12v rails in a power supply can do 25A. Now can anyone put any truth into this statement or is this something not to be worried about... AS I have looked at a few power supplies and am only seeing the range of 13 to 18 Amps on the high end and low end...

I have been looking at my enermax 550 Watt Power Supply from my P4 and figured it to be ok... but now I am wondering if I should just take my chance and get a A64 supported power supply and SLI supported....

Todd Noway Feb 15, 2005, 10:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 10:32am EST

 
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Mark how about a link to the forum post?

I have put my UltraX 500w PS on eBay. It works but in reading all the posts about it (and reading a review where the dam thing blew up in a stress test) I decided to go with the Antec true 550EPS12V as I wanted the 24-pin connector :) Also the Independent cables, while sounding good, are really a pain to try to get into the case! They are TOO long and not very bendable.

http://www.antec.com/specs/true550EPS12V_spe.html

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 15, 2005, 10:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 10:43am EST

 
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I have an Enermax EG651P-VE (24Pin) 38Amps at 12V+ Single Rail and it's running the following with no problems.

A8N SLI Deluxe
FX 55
2x XFX Geforce 6800 Series GPU's (PVT45FUD)
Corsair 2048 TwinX C2 PL
2x Raptor 74Gig in Raid0 on Nvid SATA
LG GSA 4040B

Koolance EXOS
Video cooling - 2x NV2 L06 GPU coolers
Chipset GPU 180 cooler
CPU stock air cooled (Prometia Mach II GT (-65 C) in on friday)

I'd like to add that I've spent over 400 Hours testing my SLI system and I had many of the errors listed in this forum but managed to repair them all prior to finding this thread. I was discouraged many times and almost gave up more than once but, everything is OK now, and I suggest that everyone having problems with their systems should really exhaust all possible avenues in this forum before RMA'ing cards boards etc...

3DMARK 05 Score 10451 ORB Ranked # 05 (thellendfamily@rogers.com)
Mike Thellend

Kariage Kun Feb 15, 2005, 11:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 11:16am EST

 
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Hi Mike,

Could you tell me your BIOS configuration? Is it the same as the FAQ or is it differents? I'm interested especially in Bios version (1.003 final?), RAM, CPU and Chipset settings... I'm still trying to figure out why my video card performance dropped and also to keep my stability :)

Thanks

Mark Donoghue Feb 15, 2005, 11:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Todd,
If you google A8n-sli + 25a you will get a bunch of results about power supplies and such. Heres the deal... I want a definitive answer on whether a new power supply is the best thing for me to do or if the current power supply i have which is a 550 watt enermax power supply with a 20 pin connector is enough or if I need something better... The other thing... I am also able to purchase a 20 to 24 cable converter . Would this help at all or whats everyones opinions on this. Anyways this forum has been a huge help keep the information coming.

http://www.crazypc.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&P...Code=54070

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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 11:58am EST

 
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[quote]Todd,
If you google A8n-sli + 25a you will get a bunch of results about power supplies and such. Heres the deal... I want a definitive answer on whether a new power supply is the best thing for me to do or if the current power supply i have which is a 550 watt enermax power supply with a 20 pin connector is enough or if I need something better... The other thing... I am also able to purchase a 20 to 24 cable converter . Would this help at all or whats everyones opinions on this. Anyways this forum has been a huge help keep the information coming.[\quote]

Todd,

When I first started the SLI thing I had an enermax 650Watt 20 pin 24Amp 12V+ and it gave me problems.

There is a 24 pin connector on the board for a reason. The four pins left over do feed parts of your motherboard in a different way, should I say, different routing, grounding, power etc... and does need to be fed, to lower demand on everything that is fed on the 20 pin system or PCB tracks. The new 38AMP supply I installed did correct problems with stability in my system.

Mike

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Hi Mike,

Could you tell me your BIOS configuration? Is it the same as the FAQ or is it differents? I'm interested especially in Bios version (1.003 final?), RAM, CPU and Chipset settings... I'm still trying to figure out why my video card performance dropped and also to keep my stability

Thanks


Kariage Kun,

My Bios is set differently than the post here, I tried hundreds of settings and found the right ones for my system.

I'm using BIOS 1004-001 1/25/2005

Sometime today I will post my settings for you.

Mike

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There is more to SLI than meets the eye. I will help anyone I can!

I didn't get the 3DMARK 05 ORB score of 10451 using 66.93 drivers just buy chance, It took me a long time to tweak my settings.

Mike Thellend

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Everyone is keeps mentioning different driver versions and such...

Can someone please send across some driver source links for the drivers that they are find to be stable and working well.

I am trying to put all this information in PDF file to make it a little easier to find some specific answers.


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Everyone is keeps mentioning different driver versions and such...

Can someone please send across some driver source links for the drivers that they are find to be stable and working well.

I am trying to put all this information in PDF file to make it a little easier to find some specific answers.


Hi!

I would use ForceWare 71.25 or 71.80 as it improved my video performance (3DMARK 05 Score 10745 non ORB)

The reason I use 66.93 is that 3DMARK 05 will not accept any other drivers for my setup. What I do is use 71.80 under normal computer use as it is very stable, and roll back for 3DMARK 05 when I try to get higher scores. I do find that there are problems with 66.93 drivers. The major one is that my GPU core temps and ambient temps are not reading correctly, but read correctly in the 7x.xx series. Both are stable drivers on my system.

Mike


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