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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 12, 2005, 06:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike S

Corsair XL? I thought it was C2PL, sorry!
When you get a chance can you download and run Super Pi using the 1 MB test?
I'm curious to see if you get an error.

Mike :)

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Merc Apr 12, 2005, 09:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Francis Payeur

3. Is there any way to Ghost a RAID Array with Norton Ghost 2005 or Acronis True Image 8.0
>>>>Francis, i used Ghost 9.0 to make a copy of my 2x80Gb WD SATA RAID 0 array on to a WD 160GB SATA drive. It worked fine and the system booted off of it with no hiccups (make sure it is a bootable copy). took two tries to get a perfect copy as the first one had a little registry error (still booted just had an error). Second copy was perfect.

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
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Merc Apr 12, 2005, 09:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ANY ADVICE BEFORE THE PLUNGE?
Went all the way today and ordered my second XFX 6800GT PCIe card as well as a
PC P&C 510 turbo SLI (transferring my Blue Storm 500 to another system). Should both be here next week. Any advice about tweaks, drivers (have all the latest running and stable now) etc. before I install and go SLI? Is 66.93 better than the 70 series?

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
rhinotron 3030 Apr 13, 2005, 01:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all!
Sorry if this has already been asked, but I've been reading through the thread for 2 hours now and couldn't see it!

I've just got my system up and running:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3200+ (90nm)
1gb (2x512mb) Kingston HyperX CL2
160gb Seagate SATA HDD
Netgear 11g Wireless Adapter
FusionPlus HDTV Tuner
DVD-ROM, DVD Burner
500w Usicase PSU

Anyway, this is my first complete system build, and things went smoothly.... a little TOO smoothly...

All was/is good with my system, except the sound. I'm using the onboard sound (Realtek 850 or whatever) and when I first started using it, the volume was very very low. I had everything turned up to maximum on the PC, and still could barely make out words in games or movies or songs. The quality of the sound was also a bit sketchy.
I tested a few things and realised as well that the sound was only coming out of my left speaker/headphone. I don't run surround sound so I either have my computer run through either a stereo or my headphones. At first I thought it was because the onboard sound was set up to run a surround set up, as when I used the Sound Manager utility, it reported powered speakers plugged in to all sockets.
After some fiddling around and not being able to change that (tried different drivers, reinstalling sound software, upgraded mobo BIOS to latest stable), I decided to put my old SB Live! Value card I had floating around.

BIG F***ING MISTAKE!

Gave me a BSOD on startup, made some truly horrible screeching noises from the speakers, etc. I'd disabled the onboard audio in BIOS before installing the card.
So I turned the comp off, pulled the card out and switched the onboard back on in BIOS. Well... the onboard sound is dead. I'm getting nothing at all now, not even a "hiss" through my headphones.
According to Device Manager, it's all running perfectly, and the Realtek should be going. WHAT DO I DOOOOOoooooo???

Everything else seems to be going perfectly... I really really really would appreciate some help on this, as a comp without sound is like a bike without wheels to me.
Thanks in advance!
Rhino

Marcus Wolf Apr 13, 2005, 03:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
@Mike

I tried the stpes you adviced me to do, no luck.
I'm not using the firewall, also I'm using the Marvell LAN adapter.

I completley disassembled my system check everything (like cooling paste), etc. Now it looks like that I have only two problems.
- Not able to reboot (means, system shuts down but does not come up again), system is running stable itself (check mem with memtest for 24 hours and did Sandra Burn-in for a couple of hours)
- Not able to automaticly detect best overclocking frequencies with the NVIDIA drivers.

I also checked the system with only one Geforce, no difference. SO I assume it is the mobo which is "sick".


Kind regards,

Marcus

Mark zed Apr 13, 2005, 06:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Im not sure if this has been asked before but i have read through this topic and have found out that the 66.93 driver is the one to use. So, therefore i installed the driver and now when i go to the settings of the video card i cant select sli mode for the 2 6600 gts im runnin on this aus a8n sli mobo. When i click on the tab for sli mode it comes up with " You must remove any graphics cards that are not compatible with sli before u can enable sli mode..." The 2 cards r sli certified by nvidia. Can someone plz help me with this prblm...

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Edited: Apr 13, 2005, 08:51am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Marcus Wolf

No matter when it allways happens by suprise, my screen goues black, my infrared mouse is off and the system is not responding anymore. I have to power down and wait (at least 5 min) until I can reboot.
- Not able to reboot (means, system shuts down but does not come up again),
>>>So, I take it that when it decides to shutdown (Not everything!), you press the power button to shutdown and when you try to power-up, it wont, you have to wait 5 minutes or so before it will startup again?
If this is the case, try a different PSU.
>>>Make sure that everything in your Power Options Properties is set to Never, Always On.
Mike :)

Merc Apr 13, 2005, 08:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Rhinotron 3030-
check and double check your front panel audio connections. The Realtek, for some reason, requires that you have the front panel audio plugged in and if the connectors are on the wrong pins you will see all of the symptoms you are reporting (had similar issues as did Mike and others)
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
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 13, 2005, 08:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mark zed

Im not sure if this has been asked before but i have read through this topic and have found out that the 66.93 driver is the one to use. So, therefore i installed the driver and now when i go to the settings of the video card i cant select sli mode for the 2 6600 gts im runnin on this aus a8n sli mobo.
>>>Are you able to get the SLI option with another driver?
Or is it just the 66.93 giving you this problem?
>>>What is the Device Manager telling you about the Display Adapters?
Do you have one or two GPU's listed?

When i click on the tab for sli mode it comes up with " You must remove any graphics cards that are not compatible with sli before u can enable sli mode..." The 2 cards r sli certified by nvidia. Can someone plz help me with this prblm...
>>>We'll try our best to help.

Mike :)

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Edited: Apr 13, 2005, 09:04am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
-=[BAD]=-Hawk[RO]

>>>Was the 70C after you ran 3DMark05 or Idle?
>>>Double click on the driver package and install from the software itself, not the windows wizard that will try to ask to install from there. If you have two video cards, install both drivers before you reboot, an overlay of the existing drivers will be fine.

Mike :)

Thierry Cairus Apr 13, 2005, 10:27am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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what is the driver 99.63 you are referring to?

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yer in device manager it shows both cards yer with the upgraded 71 driver i could do it but it did not run well at all i am getting better results now with the 66.93 driver. But still no luck with being able to have that option

Mike S Apr 13, 2005, 12:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>Corsair XL? I thought it was C2PL, sorry!
>When you get a chance can you download and run Super Pi using the 1 MB test?
>I'm curious to see if you get an error.

Ran the Super Pi. With memory at 2-2-2-5-1T and speed at 217 test was flakey, would not run consistently without errors.

Reset memory to 2-3-3-5-1T and have gotten up to 224 without problems. Will try to increase this today. Accorrding to some technical notes from Corsair the command rate and latency give the most gain with the RAS to CAS Delay (Trcd) being next. I was unabe to get the system to run SuperPi wihout errors with Trcd set at 2 with overclock above 215. What bugs me is that I can take the same memory sticks and put them in a A8V-Deluxe and they will run at the 2-2-2-5-1T settings with the same speed settings without problems. Hardware and software are virtually identical.

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ran the Super Pi. With memory at 2-2-2-5-1T and speed at 217 test was flakey, would not run consistently without errors
>>>My experience with this software dictates the following; if you get no errors with whatever timings/CPU settings etc. you chose then your system is stable and if you get an error it's not, despite what Memtest or other softwares say. I was surprised when you said you had it running stable, this is why I suggested running Pi.

Mike :)

jdr Apr 13, 2005, 01:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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From Lonyo at Anandtech:

"SuperPi is a quick and easy test of CPU.
If you can't get to 2M (and get a SQR RT error) then your CPU needs more juice (up the voltage).
If you get a not exact in round error, then your RAM is messed up. "


No idea if it's true 100% of the time, but was right on the money for me.

Mike S Apr 13, 2005, 01:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>>>My experience with this software dictates the following; if you get no errors with whatever timings/CPU settings etc. you chose then your system is stable and if you get an error it's not, despite what Memtest or other softwares say. I was surprised when you said you had it running stable, this is why I suggested running Pi.

When I said it was running stable I meant I was not getting any BSOD or reboots until I started pushing the speed up with the 2-2-2-5-1T settings. I don't run a lot of games or stuff that really stresses the system. But when I ran Supe rPi it showed I had some problems. System did not BSOD or reboot during test just gave error messages. I am now using Super Pi to test the system after I make changes. I have ran it at 2M with no problems with the 2-3-3-5-1T settings.

>>If you get a not exact in round error, then your RAM is messed up. "

This is what I was getting. I relaxed my settings on the memory and have been able to run Pi at 2M.

I'm going to keep increasing the speed until it starts acting up with the current memory settings and then back off and leave it there.




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Mike,

On initial startup NTune gave GPU temp of 62c.......... errrr spare bedroom not that hot!!
after 5 minute idle GPU temp 67c
after 10 mins idle 67c

Then Updated driver as per your Instruction

after 37 mins idle 68c

Ran 3DMark05

Score now 4829 (one 6800GT) nice one!!!
temp after 47 mins 70c
seem to have an offset on NTune GPU Temp of around +30c wat do you think?

Thanks for the help, very much appreciated!!
now to try to get Half Life 2 to run!

mark kerr Apr 13, 2005, 04:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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SLI SCIENTIST@WORK

Sorry for delay in concluding my last enquiry, eventually it did turn out to be an intermitently faulty 6800ultra!
And while im at it, anyone got any idea where in the bios i would find the SPREAD SPECTRUM control so i can turn it off and shut nTUNE up! LOL
Many thanks in advance,
Regards
Mark

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and just to help potential RAM consumers out there, my OCZ DDR400 platinum rev 2 is running 2-2-2-5-1T @ 2.75 volts.

rhinotron 3030 Apr 13, 2005, 07:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc,
Well I checked the front panel connector, and I think the ground and "mic2" were around the wrong way (it only had one wire for that connector, I assumed it was the ground) so I swapped that around. I restarted and hoped for the best... still barely any volume. I have everything turned up all the way and I'm barely getting anything!
I just decided to check if it was because of my headphones (they can draw a bit of power!) and connected the green line out to a powered amplifier to a connector for sources with no preamp. With the amp turned up to about 50% I get acceptable volume, still from only one channel though (the right channel) and every now and then some distortion, as you would expect from having a signal amplified this much (if I had anything else turned up this high on the no preamp input, my ears would be bleeding by now.
So it's come down to this... My problem is: Audio from either Line Out jack on back panel, or Headphone jack on front panel is barely audible (even with everything computer side turned up to max) and only with MASSIVE amounts of amplication can it be heard at normal levels. And still only the one channel!
If there is something exceedingly simple I haven't done, please humiliate me! I'd rather that than have to return the heart in my otherwise perfectly stable new system. Any help would be MUCH appreciated!
Thanks,
Rien


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