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blade0r Apr 08, 2005, 04:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
****Mike****

Regarding the issue I posted a while back (mainboard booting twice), you told me:

"Can you perform this little test? Hold the reset button down for a solid 10 seconds and see if it does the same thing.
Make sure you have no CD/DVD in the drive."

Well, I made the experiment, but the motherboard keeps resetting twice. :'(
Best regards.

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 08, 2005, 04:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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blade0r

Eventually a fix will be available I guess!

Mike :)

Mike S Apr 08, 2005, 04:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have installed a Zalman ZM-NB47J to replace the stock heatsink and fan. It runs very hot (150 F) without a fan. I mounted a 40 m fan on top of it and it cooled down to 110F. You will have to figure out some way to attach the fan to the top. I made some clips out of paperclips that worked. I just replaced it yesterday with a Swifttech MCX159-R. I like the way the Swifttech mounts with screws throught the motherboard instead of the clips. I can now remove it without taking out the motherboard. If you choose to go this route (Swiftech) I would recommend getting the R unit as the one made just for the AMD does not have the pads that are included with the Intel or R model. The R has mounting brackets for both Intel and AMD. Performance wise I can't say that the Swiftech is better then the Zalman with fan because I am not measuring the temperature in the same place. With the Zalman I had the probe attached to the slot where the bracket attaches. With the Swifttech I have the probe under the heatsink as close as I can get to the chipset. The temp on the Swiftech also show 110F. I am probably getting a better temp indication now then I was with the Zalman. So it is as good, probably better then the Zalman.

I have an ATI PCI express card with a Zalman VF700-Cu mounted. I had to trim some of the fins on the VF700 to get it to clear the fan on the heatsink. I only had to clip about an 1/8" on the fins.

With these coolers mounted the system is much quiter then with the stock fans on the chipset and video card.

Greg D Apr 08, 2005, 06:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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WOW! What an interesting forum! Everybody here deserves a great big pat on the back. Too bad ASUS hasn't got the picture yet....

My problem is quite small (compared to some of the posts) but is quite bothersome to me. When I shut down my Windows XP Pro system through the standard Shutdown command, the files close, the fans stop spinning, and the lights go out - all except the light on my MS optical Intelimouse! This red light will stay on indefinately until I flip the rocker switch on my new Antec TruePower-II 480 power supply. This of course shuts everything off, including the green LED on the motherboard. I don't have a clue as to what's happening or not happening. The mouse is connected to the PS2 port.

I've already contacted Antec and received a reply stating that they believe it to be a motherboard issue. I tried contacting ASUS but have yet to make contact. My hope is that someone here can offer a suggestion or even offer some educational insight.

My system includes: ASUS AN8-SLI Deluxe mb, AMD 64 3800+ cpu, 2MB (4x512) Corsair DDR, 1 WD Raptor 74MB harddrive on nVidia SATA-1, 1 BFG 6600OC video card, Antec TruePower-II 480 power supply. I am running with version 1006 BIOS.

Greg

jdr Apr 08, 2005, 06:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Two weird ntune/BIOS issues:

1) Even though it's set to 5X in BIOS, my HT multiplier is always set to 3X when I open ntune, resulting in 606 mhz... I don't know if this happens without ntune running, as I haven't found a cpu monitoring program that measures this. How can I keep HT at 5X?

2) My PCI bus is set to 33 mhz no matter what. My cpu runs a little hot (~58), and I'd like to run at 20, but each of the three settings (auto, CPU, 33) results in 33 mhz. How can I get PCI to run at 20 mhz?

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
jdr

Two weird ntune/BIOS issues:

1) Even though it's set to 5X in BIOS, my HT multiplier is always set to 3X when I open ntune, resulting in 606 mhz... I don't know if this happens without ntune running, as I haven't found a cpu monitoring program that measures this. How can I keep HT at 5X?
>>>Auto

2) My PCI bus is set to 33 mhz no matter what. My cpu runs a little hot (~58), and I'd like to run at 20, but each of the three settings (auto, CPU, 33) results in 33 mhz. How can I get PCI to run at 20 mhz?
>>>Auto
>>>DRAM MHz - Auto
>>>CPU config - Jumperfree config - Auto

Just see what it does.

Mike :)

jdr Apr 08, 2005, 07:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Mike. Auto did the trick for the HT multiplier.

No joy on the PCI bus though. I did everything short of reloading defaults and it won't budge from 33. Maybe later if I have the time I'll start from scratch. There must be something I'm setting that is pushing it to 33.

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Edited: Apr 08, 2005, 07:23pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Greg Drais

I think your mouse is defective. When the onboard LED is on, there is still power in various sections of the board, 5V. The mouse has an internal circuit that senses startup and shutdown conditions, it seems to be locking up.

Try another mouse.

Mike :)

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jdr

Odd, setting the CPU to Auto and PCI Synch to Auto should allow the PCI Bus to register a lower MHz.
Oh well, good luck!

Mike :)

Masked Apr 08, 2005, 07:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike:

Update on 64bit SLI -
With the previously bad-pixeled card in the secondary position:

I can use all four ports for a monitor. (4 monitors at a time works too)
I can run the Nalu 6800 demo when my desktop is extended onto the second port of the primary card, but if I extend the desktop onto a monitor on either port of the secondary card ,the demo crashes.

I don't have a copy of regular XP, so until I find one, I'm going to try benchmarking each card in single mode.
I'll let you know what turns up.

thx again,
Masked

jdr Apr 08, 2005, 11:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 09, 2005, 02:16am EDT

 
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jared brush:
"Has anybody else had experience with this Zalman chipset heatsink the NB47J?"

I tried it. I had to dremel off about 1/3 of the fins to fit under my NV 5, and I used hot glue to make the mounting screws stay (they were always loose and were a the worst part of an otherwise nice heatsink). I also would have to cut off a whole row to fit a second card. Impossible to know what the temps were, but it never felt that hot to me. Due to the postion of the NV 5 and the Zalman, my GPU temps went up 3-5 degrees.

However, I ended up replacing it with a Vantec Iceberq which fit right under my video card: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-detai...u=V13-2204
I had to cut the mounts a a little with a dremel to fit, but I can't hear the fan, and my GPU temps have dropped a bit.

ERIC HEMINGWAY Apr 09, 2005, 01:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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First time builder having another issue. Was installing floppy to load raid drivers on nvidi controller. Then discovered in bios that Sata drives are not showing up on master 1&2. Also having error 40 for floppy device that is connected to mobo. First troubleshot the hardrive issue. Ended up checking connections to hardisks, and checking hdd lights when box begins POST. So far hardisks are good, because switched from nvidia to silicon and then was able to see both sata raptor drives. I then figured to try to clear the CMOS and remove the jumper on the mobo. waited 10 seconds, put battery back in, jumper back on right pins, and tried to boot again. Now I am getting this message ((Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected boot disk. Check boot path and hardware. Please check the windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.))) So I had reverted back and made sure that all bios settings are configured as described on page one for this thread. Still same message even when I take the xp profes. cd out. I am at a lost and really appreciate anybodys help. Thanks again MIKE for the info, but still having problems.

Tom Michael Apr 09, 2005, 04:32am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just in case anyone wanted to know, I just installed a new Antec TruepowerII 550watt PSU, so far seems to work great. WAYYYYY quiet, my BFG psu sounded like a vacuum cleaner. Running an AMD 4000+ and two BFG 6800gt video cards, all overclocked. I'll post later if I run into any issues. I also use the Zalman passive NB heatsink, runs 42-44 degrees centigrade. Temp does not vary much with load, have had no problems. It is pretty warm to touch, but definitely not so hot that it would burn you or anything. My Zalman video card coolers feel hotter to touch. No trimming involved, fits like a glove, but there are two different directions you can position the Zalman video coolers and it only works in one of these positions. I also hooked up my case fans to the Antec PSU, my computer is really like a tenth as loud as it was. Sweet! Now I can hear my hard drive doing it's thang...

Kim Cowburn Apr 09, 2005, 06:27am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Mike, Dave,

With reference to your post Dave, yes that is what I did as well (not install NV IDE drivers) and things are OK and after reading your link I remember that when I did install them I got BSOD as well. I wonder if it is just an issue with Western Digital SATA drives. My first post is on page 108 if you would like to read it.

With reference to my problem with the network, a reinstall has got me able to use the network but I'm still trying to get the internet going (I connect through my flatmates machine). There are no firewalls on his or my machine. At least I don't have to burn what I download on his comp to get it on mine now.

Another issue that I have just noticed is that in the device manager there are no drivers for the USB controller. During installation of the Nvidia chipset drivers it tells me that if I have installed Windows XP with SP1 or later then I don't need to install drivers for USB 2.0, obviously not!

The video still blacks out though, and I can't find any way to change the speed of the PCIe slot 8x to 16x. The hanging is only on 3d games and programs, 3D mark runs right the way through and obviously there's no probs with 2d stuff or windows. One interesting thing is that I installed a screensaver called 3d world map (just to test another 3d program) and whenever I select this program to run (either by doubleclicking the desktop icon or by previewing it from display properties) it will run for a couple minutes then go black, reboot, give me the beeps and the nice lady tells me it failed the VGA test. If, however, it comes up just as a screensaver it will run with no problems. Any ideas?

jens walker Apr 09, 2005, 09:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Update on my computers status:

Now it won't boot at all. It just died.
The Northbridge HSF is REALLY REALLY hot.
I also just removed the HSF, and around the chip there is somethingdark blue, dont know what it is, but it has got like bubbles around it (like, small hard dots)
Has it fried?

I'm calling ASUS support first thing monday and RMAing this. Im getting kind of tired of it not working.

Merc Apr 09, 2005, 09:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Eric H. Is the floopy drive light lighted continuously? If so, the cable is plugged into the FDD upside down (50/50 chance of installing this cable wrong, there is no way to tell in most cases). Simply unplug the FDD cable, turn it around, reinsert and reboot. Light should be out with no floppy inserted. Now try and install the drivers.
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
ERIC HEMINGWAY Apr 09, 2005, 09:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey Merc,

I had flipped the cable on the fdd drive and the light had went out. I then still had problems loading the drivers onto the floppy. I am now having another issue. I had posted about "window could start because of a harware configuration problem etc." I cant even get to the menu even to load the drivers after I had cleared the cmos and set the bios in accordance to the setting posted on page one. So I am now focusing on how to get past this problem before dealing wiht loading the drivers onto a floppy. Just to add a little bit more information, I have done the following:
1. Loaded default settings on bios, and then configured bios again.
2. Ensured sata cables are attached to mobo and drives correctly
3. checked jumper pins on cli, and checked battery for proper seating.
still after doing that I am having same error come up after post. Optimisticaly I am not seeing the floppy error. Yay!

I almost forgot, on my previous posting I forgot to specify what type of hardware I was using so here is what I have.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nVidia
NEC ND3500/DVD-RW,R+
4 Corsair 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL2.5
2 EVGA NVIDIA 6800GT GPU.
2 WESTERN DIGIT. 10,000 SATA RAPTOR
AMD ATHLON FX-55
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI PWR SUPPLY

Merc Apr 09, 2005, 10:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Eric-
I haven't read through all your posts and have no idea where you are on the install so bare w/ me if I repeat somethng you have already done, and if Mike or someone else is helping you then please stand by their advice and disregard mine. Since the FDD is now working I would take your CD to another computer and make the floppy driver on it. Only use the FDD on your "new" PC to upload the RAID drivers. I am assuming you haven't loaded windows yet and if that assumption is correct then sometime early on in the windows XP upload it will ask if you have any drivers to load and if yes hit F6. Hit F6 slide in your new floppy and leave it there till windows tells you to remove it.

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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jens walker

Doesn't sound to good.

Mike :)

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dr dr

Create two files, nv4_disp1.inf and nv4_disp2.inf using the original nv4_disp.inf file by just changing the file names in another location on your computer. File location is C:\NVIDIA\Win2KXP\66.93. Leave the original files and put the new files in the same folder. Update the drivers in the Device Manager. Point GPU 1 to nv4_disp1.inf and GPU 2 to nv4_disp2.inf. Don't reboot until you update both.

Mike :)


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