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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 19, 2005, 11:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Saideep Bose

Thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately my problem is that I cannot even get the ASUS update program to install.
>>>Oops! I thought you meant the updated BIOS not the program itself.

I had it once on my computer but it suddenly said that it could not detect my motherboard. So I uninstalled it but when I tried to install it again it would not let me, saying that it could not detect an ASUS motherboard.
>>>How long ago? Can you do a system restore?

I am currently trying to figure out why it thinks this is so.
>>>I am too! When I figure it out I'll be the first to let you know.

My computer clearly interacts with the working motherboard and the temperature and fan readings are all working, the update utility just doesn't detect it! I've tried flashing with 1006 and 1007.004 and I still get the same error message on both.
>>>Do you mean you flashed from DOS and they wont update there either?

Mike :)

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Saideep Bose Apr 19, 2005, 12:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

Sorry I was unclear I can successfully flash the bios from DOS, but I wanted to still install the ASUS utility because it comes with a nifty program that I usually use to change my BIOS splash screen. I think my problem may lie in two dll files that the program cannot detect:

bs_def.dll
biosinfo.dll

I have no idea whether these dll files were previously installed and mistakenly got deleted or the installation cannot copy these files over.

OldeCrow R Apr 19, 2005, 01:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike

Just so ya know this issue that Saideep Bose is having isnt a one time deal, I saw the same error updateing to the latest AsusUpdate software last week but when i restarted and reinstalled i didnt get the error the second time.

I have to say though that it was the last straw for me with the asus a8n-sli board. Even when its running perfectly I just don't have the confidence to call it a stable work machine, ill be pitching it back in the box as soon as I decide on a suitable non sli maybe even non nvidia motherboard to replace it. Unfortunatly I have to work on my machine not just game with it so I simply can't afford these kinds of problems and Ive got too much invested in it to just call it a gamer and build another.

Its sad really, overall its been a good experience for me and its been a lot of fun to game on but this hardware is really just nice proof of concept stuff, maybe ill look at it again in a year or so and see if its worthwhile then.


-=[BAD]=-Hawk[RO] Apr 19, 2005, 02:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi ,
Compared to the problems you lot have, mine sounds trivial but here goes.
Asus A8N SLI Delux in Tsunami Dream case.

I have the jumpers fitted and headphones and mic work perfectly when plugged in the back.

These are the instructions from Tsunami Dream ......

M/B (Ex: ASUS) Case Layout

1 LINE_OUT R EAR R
2 LINE_IN R Return R
3 LINE_OUT L EAR L
4 LINE_IN L Return L
5 MIC MIC IN
6 MIC PWR MIC VCC or MICBIAS
7 Ground Ground

Any Ideas how I can get my front panel mic and headphone sockets wired such that they disable the speakers when plugged in.

-=[BAD]=-Hawk[RO] Apr 19, 2005, 02:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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sorry,
hope this is clearer

M/B (Ex: ASUS)............ Case Layout

1 LINE_OUT R.................... EAR R
2 LINE_IN R....................... Return R
3 LINE_OUT L.................... EAR L
4 LINE_IN.......................... L Return L
5 MIC................................ MIC IN
6 MIC PWR....................... MIC VCC or MICBIAS
7 Ground........................... Ground

david cole Apr 19, 2005, 04:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 19, 2005, 11:19pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Top panel wiring for Tsunami Dream case:

This worked for my unit (except my earphone socket is misaligned and I need to pull and reshape the contacts)

ASUS mobo BLINE_OUT_L goes to Ear L pin on the Tsunami case
ASUS mobo BLINE_OUT_R goes to Ear R pin on the Tsunami case
ASUS mobo Line out_L goes to Return L pin on the Tsunami case
ASUS mobo Line out_R goes to Return R pin on the Tsunami case
Otherwise, as given in above post

Note that the firewire diagram in the ASUS manual is reversed from that actually on the board, so watch the pin connections. You can see the wire colors so examine another firewire connector if in doubt.

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,
-=[BAD]=-Hawk[RO] Apr 19, 2005, 05:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks David,
Will try when I get home from work Wednesday :-)
Hawk

Merc Apr 19, 2005, 10:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I get the following message when i try and disable my DSL wireless connection:
"It is not possible to disable the connection at this time. This connection may be using one or more protocols that do not support Plug and Play or it may have been initiated by another user or the system account."
This is something completely new and is more of a curiosity than a problem as I can still kill the connection by turning off radio. Anyone familiar with this peculiar message? The other PC on my little LAN is fine (and hasn't tried to access my PC) so it may be a A8N SLI issue of some kind.

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
Steve Dark Apr 20, 2005, 11:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi All,

Further to my first post, I have successfully overcome the issue.

Out of interest I connected a circuit tester to a spare +12V output from the PSU and noticed that when all the devices are connected the +12V current dropped well below 17A during normal disk access.

The only way to keep the +12V current above the 17A minimum requirement was to disconnect and disable any device that was not necessary for the installation of the operating system. Despite the manual stating the minimum requirement of 17A, further testing revealed that the minimum requirement is more to the tune of 20A especially if you're installing to a SATA drive as peaks in load during normal disk access would drop the current to as low as 15A.

Thank you all for your help and I hope that the above solution will go on to help many others who have the same problem.

Kind regards.

Steve

jdr Apr 20, 2005, 03:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Todd Noway:
"Can someone who has modded an Antec 550w PS please let me know what/where I can get the parts needed to do the job. I will be getting a 2nd XFX 6800GT soon and want to make sure each has its "own" power feed"

If you're getting the Antec TruePower EPS 12V 550 Rev 2, you're already all set. If you're getting Rev.1, then you need to create an adaptor from the the 8 pin connector to two 6 pin pci-expresses. A friend and I used motherboard cable and connectors (both male and femail) from an old board to create mine. This web page tells you what to connect into the 6 pin connectors on the cards: http://www.spodesabode.com/content/article/pciepower.

I'll see if I can take a picture of it later.

AMIR shahheidari Apr 20, 2005, 03:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Does anyone have or know where I can get a DOS network boot disk for the nForce4 NIC?
thank you

AMIR shahheidari Apr 20, 2005, 03:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> network boot disk (altiris)
Does anyone have or know where I can get a DOS network boot disk for the nForce4 NIC?
thank you

AMIR shahheidari Apr 20, 2005, 03:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> network boot disk (altiris)
Does anyone have or know where I can get a DOS network boot disk for the nForce4 NIC?
thank you

Clifford Cooper Apr 20, 2005, 03:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
following on from my prob p86

i rma'd my graphics card. they said it was faulty so got my money back (still waiting for that) but i ordered the same card from somewhere else.

put the card in and bingo it was working :) so installed drivers etc. was on pc all evening. so i left the pc on overnight to do some video converting. woke up at 4am and i checked pc as some vid codecs was causing errors. but pc was ok still converting. when i finally woke up i checked pc i moved mouse to wake monitor up. nothing. thinking strange so pressed keys etc but still nothing. so reset pc and all i got was a single beep and no video but could hear it booting up. so checked the vid card seemed ok. but nothing.
so ive unplugged it and reinserted it but still the single beep. which i think means there isnt a vid card.
checked all connections plus making sure vid card is plugged in properly. cleared the cmos but still aint working. so now im back to the pci card. is it now another faulty card or the mb at fault.
not contacted the supplier yet.

system is
3500 64
1gb corsir twinset
neopower 480w
gigabyte 6600gt vivo
2xcd/dvd drives
200gb sata
60 ide hd

apart from gfx prob everything is working ok.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 20, 2005, 08:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 20, 2005, 08:28pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Steve Dark

Further to my first post, I have successfully overcome the issue.

System POSTs fine with no issues, it even boots fine to start the Windows XP installation from the CD, however, when I get to the Hard Disk partitions screen, I select a drive as normal but then I get a "The selected partition is not compatible with Windows XP..." error.
>>>If I'm not mistaken, your issue was not being able to install the OS, everything was running and all you got was the error message above. This doesn't appear to be a power problem to me!
I did mention to use 1 drive so I guess the install went well from that point?

Out of interest I connected a circuit tester to a spare +12V output from the PSU and noticed that when all the devices are connected the +12V current dropped well below 17A during normal disk access.
>>>Connecting a voltmeter to a different connector doesn't give you current readings, you would have to put a DC ammeter in line from each individual 12 V output of the PSU and get a total. Did you cut your 12 V wires to put the ammeter in line?
>>>How did you get an AMP reading?

The only way to keep the +12V current above the 17A minimum requirement was to disconnect and disable any device that was not necessary for the installation of the operating system.
Despite the manual stating the minimum requirement of 17A, further testing revealed that the minimum requirement is more to the tune of 20A especially if you're installing to a SATA drive as peaks in load during normal disk access would drop the current to as low as 15A.
>>>I think I mentioned this already, using 1 drive only that is.

Thank you all for your help and I hope that the above solution will go on to help many others who have the same problem.
>>>Your welcome.

Mike :)


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Edited: Apr 20, 2005, 08:37pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clifford Cooper

so ive unplugged it and reinserted it but still the single beep. which i think means there isnt a vid card
>>>Single beep means the system and your video card are fine.

Try another monitor (a newer one if you can), with the new card.

Mike :)

jo jo Apr 20, 2005, 09:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

I was able to resolve the issue with the MOBO rebooting my flashing the BIOS to 1006. The computer doesn't reboot itself anymore.

When one problem goes away another one creeps up. Has anyone else ever had an issue with turning on their computer? When I turn on the computer all the fans on the mobo are on and I see activiity light on my Corsair ram but it doesn't boot. When i turn it off manually and turn it back on again it boots up normally. I can tell when it boots up normally when i hear a single beep. Has anyone else ever ran into this issue?

I still have my MOBO sitting outside the case on a cardboard box.

Martin Cooper Apr 21, 2005, 05:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 21, 2005, 05:09am EDT

 
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Hi!

I took delivery of the following a couple of days ago:

A8N-SLI mobo
Athlon 64 3200+ (Winchester)
2 x 512 meg PC3200
Leadtek 6600GT (extreme edition)
Hiper 425W silent PSU
A new case (irrelevant!)

I transplanted the drives from my old machine (inc 120GB Maxtor Diamondmax, ATA 133), thinking my old install of XP would take the hardware changes in its stride. Unfortunately it never even got to that stage!

At first, as soon as it started to load Windows (just after the boot selector - I had SuSE 8.2 installed as well), it would briefly bsod (so fast I couldn't read the error message) and reset itself. It was posting fine, and the bios was detecting everything with no problem.

Despite fiddling with the settings, disabling everything that I wasn't using, etc, the problem still persisted. Last night I decided just to reformat and start over (having checked I could boot the XP installation prog first). I deleted the partitions and created two new ones (one for each OS) and started to format the Windows one in NTFS. It froze at 80% and the machine would respond to any key presses, including Ctrl-Alt-Del, so I was forced to hard reset it.

Next boot it wouldn't even allow me to start the format before it froze again.

Next reset, it wouldn't even post (no beeps at all) and nothing appears on the monitor.

This is by no means the first system I've ever built, but I've never come across anything like this before, ie an untraceable problem. It's obvious SOMETHING needs to be RMAed, but I really can't figure out what. I didn't have time last night to swap components out to see if the mobo would make any sort of complaining noises, and I have no way of testing any of the components, apart from the memory, in another system.

BTW, before it died completely, I could boot into Linux. Oh, the joys of computing!

chris n Apr 21, 2005, 09:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Specs:

Amd 3500
Leadtek 6600gt extreme
2x 512mb Kingston
Sata 160hb
Samsung 172x
antec truepower 580W

Bios: 1006 same as the front page...
Drivers up - to - date : 71.84 currently
..

Ive had this problem for ages and have ruled out the graphics card (used several), monitor (used several), and software (formatted and tried several different drivers).

My problem is that my graphics plays up by having a weird refresh rate where the image is piled upon each other creating horizontal lines... This happens in desktop, games, and when i reinstalled windows this problem also occurs at the very beginning with no software or drivers installed.(e.g. when scrolling down the image takes 3 sec to refresh..)

I've also noticed that my mouse and keyboard loose power for no reason and the only thing that fixs it is by rebooting or repluging the usb cable.. The drivers are up2 date etc. Also the mouse moves by itslef sometimes and also jumps around the screen.....

I'm thinking it has something to do with the motherboard... could anyone give me some advice of what to do????

much appeciated...

chris n Apr 21, 2005, 09:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Specs:

Amd 3500
Leadtek 6600gt extreme
2x 512mb Kingston
Sata 160hb
Samsung 172x
antec truepower 580W

Bios: 1006 same as the front page...
Drivers up - to - date : 71.84 currently
..

Ive had this problem for ages and have ruled out the graphics card (used several), monitor (used several), and software (formatted and tried several different drivers).

My problem is that my graphics plays up by having a weird refresh rate where the image is piled upon each other creating horizontal lines... This happens in desktop, games, and when i reinstalled windows this problem also occurs at the very beginning with no software or drivers installed.(e.g. when scrolling down the image takes 3 sec to refresh..)

I've also noticed that my mouse and keyboard loose power for no reason and the only thing that fixs it is by rebooting or repluging the usb cable.. The drivers are up2 date etc. Also the mouse moves by itslef sometimes and also jumps around the screen.....

I'm thinking it has something to do with the motherboard... could anyone give me some advice of what to do????

much appeciated...


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