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dr dr Apr 08, 2005, 10:19am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I have just got my second 6800 xfx gt and should be getting a FX55 within the next couple of days.

I have a couple of queries relating to the setup of my system.

At the moment I had been using a Asus Star Ice for cooling my 3000 + winchester, would you recommend using this for the FX55.

Are there known problems with not using the standard heatsink?

Specs

FX 55
2 * XFX Geforce 6800 GT
Tagan 480w Power Supply TG480-U01
2 * 512MB DDR400 PC3200 RAM
160 GB Western Digital Caviar SATA UDMA150 7200rpm 8Mb cache with Akasa Hard Disk Cooler
36 GB Western Digital Raptor 10Krpm 8Mb Cache Serial ATA HDD

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Edited: Apr 08, 2005, 10:37am EDT

 
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I noticed that when I added the second GFX card to my system when I was using the 3000+ and tested with ntune there was no noticable improvement, anyone got any ideas?

What is the best way to test if the network ports are working on the system?

Mike,

Did you have to remove the standard heatsink to set up your water cooling?



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Edited: Apr 08, 2005, 10:55am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
OK, so I think I've gathered from this forum that my screeching chipset heatsink problem is the fan and not the power supply. I'm still torn about whether to send the whole damn board back to ASUS or buy this Zalman NB47J chipset heatsink. I'm not really into the water-cooled route. Guidance! I need guidance!
Thanks,
Jared

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
jared brush

Do you gamble? lol

The Zalman works according to most.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
dr dr

I noticed that when I added the second GFX card to my system when I was using the 3000+ and tested with ntune there was no noticable improvement, anyone got any ideas?
>>>Sometimes when you add a second card it helps to reinstall the drivers for both cards.

What is the best way to test if the network ports are working on the system?
>>>There are lots of softwares to do this, take your pick.

Mike,

Did you have to remove the standard heatsink to set up your water cooling?
>>>Yes, not water on the CPU though, cryo.

Mike :)



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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I reinstalled and installed new drivers for both cards as per pg 16.

Thats why I was shocked that there appeared to be no apparent performance increase.

Will be reformatting when the FX 55 arrives and then I suppose I should expect a noticable performance improvement?

Also could not workout how you assigned different inf files to each graphics card, can you send me some details on how to do this please.

Cheers

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dr dr

Don't expect a dramatic increase in video performance with the new chip, FPS and bandwidth are heavily dependent on the cards themselves.

Page 95 on the .inf
Mar 28, 2005, 01:40 PM
If your cards are not giving you problems like blue screens, freezing etc. I wouldn't worry about it.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
When I look in Device manager they appear to have the same drivers 66.93, is there any other way to check if they have been updated to the same level?

Also could not workout how you assigned different inf files to each graphics card, can you send me some details on how to do this please as I never understood the instructions that you posted previously, you stated that this is improved the stability of your system and was hoping that it would do the same for me.

When the FX55 arrives is there a change in the bios so that you can up the CPU multiplier?

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
dr dr

When I look in Device manager they appear to have the same drivers 66.93, is there any other way to check if they have been updated to the same level?
>>>What you see in the device manager in the driver tab is what you get.

When the FX55 arrives is there a change in the bios so that you can up the CPU multiplier?
>>>Yes

I gave you the location of the guide for the .inf in the last post.

Thats why I was shocked that there appeared to be no apparent performance increase
>>>You should see a difference.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Has anybody else had experience with this Zalman chipset heatsink the NB47J? It seems from looking at the picture that there's no way it would fit with a pci-e graphics board installed, much less 2.

I noticed a dirty little trick with my stock fan. If it starts whining during bootup I can just touch the fan for an instant and it'll kick back into normal operation. I know it's not right, but I do it (for now).

jared

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>> Not booting up!
Hello!

I seem to be having the same problem as everybody else. Everything boots up, fans spinning, lights glowing, but my monitor is still in stand-by mode. I've tried everything! Clearing CMOS, reinstalling everything, running with minimum components, also tried a friends RAM. Please help me! Here are my spec's:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
2x512 Elixir DDR PC3200
MSI NX6600GT 128MB
Athlon64 3000+
Maxtor 200GB SATA
I also just bought the Tagan480w PSU recommended in the beginning of the FAQ, but it doesn't change anything from when i used my noname 350w. Monitor still blank.

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
jens walker

What DVD do you have?
What monitor?

>>>Check CPU installation, no bent pins etc...
>>>Did you make sure you left the BIOS battery out and power down then up before every change you made?
>>>Use one stick of RAM, trying in B1 and the A1.
>>>Use a standard PCI Slot video card.
>>>No USB devices connected, standard mouse and keyboard.
>>>Video card in PCI e 1 and 2 with EZ selector in single and dual mode on both.
>>>Plug the monitor in all ports of the PCI e video card.
>>>Use a standard IDE drive and unplug the SATA.
>>>Plug the SATA in SATA 1 of both the NV and Sil connectors.
>>>Try different jumper configs on the drive.
>>>Put the DVD on both the IDE 1 and then IDE 2 as Master.
>>>Try a different monitor.

Mike

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
@ Sanders

"The power supplies designated with a * are needed if you want to run the A8N-SLI with an Athlon 64 FX 53 or 55 processor, two GeForce 6800 Ultras and two or more high capacity Serial-Ata drives. However they need to be modified in order to convert the 8-pin 12-volt connector, coming off of the 2nd 12-volt rail to two 6-pin PCIe power connectors, this is a simple procedure that means extracting the pins from the original connector and splitting them out to two 6-pin PCIe connectors. These will be connected to the GeForce 6800 Ultras directly, hence powering them off of their own 12-volt rail within the power supply. From our testing this is the only way to guarantee absolute stability. Take notice that when running SLI the EZ-Plug must also be connected to guarantee stable operation."

This may sound a bit noobish, but I have the Antec 550TrueEPS12V... I don't see a plug off the power supply that I think would go into the EZ-Plug socket on this board. When you tested it, did you plug one of the 4 pin peripheral plugs into the EZ-Plug socket?

I don't have SLI yet, single 6800 Ultra - but I'm not clear on this...

Thanks,

Wolf

A8N-SLI
Athlon64 4000+
1 EVga 6800 Ultra
2 Seagate SATA 80GB in Raid 0 (Sil connector)
1 SB Audigy 2 ZS
1 GB Corsair VS 3200 Kit (at SPD)



jens walker Apr 08, 2005, 02:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
What DVD do you have?
A NEC3520
What monitor?
A standard VGA Compaq S719

>>>Check CPU installation, no bent pins etc...
Yup, did that, everything is OK.
>>>Did you make sure you left the BIOS battery out and power down then up before every change you made?
How do you mean? Please describe this a little more. I have tried to reset CMOS with all components inserted, and without anything plugged in. Please, describe the clearing part a little closer.
>>>Use one stick of RAM, trying in B1 and the A1.
Yup, ni response.
>>>Use a standard PCI Slot video card.
Same there. Nothing.
>>>No USB devices connected, standard mouse and keyboard.
Yup.
>>>Video card in PCI e 1 and 2 with EZ selector in single and dual mode on both.
Yup, tried all of that.
>>>Plug the monitor in all ports of the PCI e video card.
Yup.
>>>Use a standard IDE drive and unplug the SATA.
Nothing changes.
>>>Plug the SATA in SATA 1 of both the NV and Sil connectors.
Will try that one.
>>>Try different jumper configs on the drive.
Cant on the SATA, but.
>>>Put the DVD on both the IDE 1 and then IDE 2 as Master.
Will do that.
>>>Try a different monitor.
Will try that aswell.

How long do i have to unplug the power/remove the battery. Heard that 5-10 secs isnt enough.

My northbridge also becomes hot as hell, i almost fry my fingers by touching it an instant after the computer is turned on. That's bad, right? ;)

Thank you, Mike. :D

//Jens Walker

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
jens walker

>>>The chipset, original fan/heatsink or Zalman etc.?
>>Remove the BIOS battery until you get something on your screen. Power down means the power supply switch, not shutdown.
>>>10 seconds is enough.
>>>Definitely try another optical drive.

Mike :)

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
It is the original heatsink, which came with the mobo.
Is it supposed to be that hot?

Huh? Till i get something on the screen?
Should i have no components installed? Or all of them?
Could you please describe, step by step, from scratch how i shoudl do it?

Very grateful

//Jens Walker

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Edited: Apr 08, 2005, 03:41pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
jens

Hello!

I seem to be having the same problem as everybody else. Everything boots up, fans spinning, lights glowing, but my monitor is still in stand-by mode
>>>I don't know how much clearer I can be. Leave the BIOS battery out till you get something on your screen, ie: the BIOS, anything. It is good practice to have this reset everytime you make sudden changes, such as RAM in different slots, video, etc... It's easier than removing and reinserting the battery. So basically, start over! Leaving the BIOS battery out and power down the power supply for ten seconds before trying something new.

Is it supposed to be that hot?
>>>Yes, but to the point of not being able to touch, no.
Mike

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Hmm, okay. But how shall i do to get anything on the screen..? My plan rihgt now is as follows:

Boot up with only CPU, memory and GPU and see what happends. How does that sound?

If i hold my finger to it for five seconds, i assure you, i will get burnt.

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Boot up with only CPU, memory and GPU and see what happends. How does that sound?
>>>Sure.

>>>I haven't had the fan/heatsink on for quite a while, but from what I remember I could keep my finger on it. Can anybody else shed some light on this?

But how shall i do to get anything on the screen
>>>The whole purpose of your post and my suggestions is to get something on your screen as you cannot at the present time. We are not sure if you will at this point, and you may have a defective Mobo.

Mike :)


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