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chris n Apr 21, 2005, 09:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
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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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 21, 2005, 09:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 21, 2005, 09:18am EDT

 
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Martin Cooper

Just wondering, are you looking for help to try and fix your problem?
What do you mean by completely dead, no green light on the mobo, no fans running etc.?

Most of us here have built systems at one time or another, so we know exactly what you're going through with this mobo and your post regarding not getting your system fired-up is in no way a reflection of inabilities.

Mike :)

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sorry about the multiple posts..........woops

Christopher Fields Apr 21, 2005, 09:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Here is a new Raptor 74gig HDD New I found on E-Bay. Looks like a great deal to add to your new ASUS SLI Board.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=399...2&rd=1

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Edited: Apr 21, 2005, 09:23am EDT

 
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chris n

.(e.g. when scrolling down the image takes 3 sec to refresh..)
>>>What happens when you use the 66.93 drivers?
>>>Have you ever flashed the video card BIOS?
This sounds like a driver issue.

Mike :)

Martin Cooper Apr 21, 2005, 09:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

Sorry, yeah I was just looking to see if anyone else had experienced a decline of this type. Obviously something was wrong in the first place (bsod and everything), but for it to quickly become completely unusable seemed a little strange to me. I thought if others have had the same thing happen (on whichever mobo), it might be traceable to a single component.

All the fans still work and the green light is on.

I'll take things out one by one tonight and see what happens.

John Scome Apr 21, 2005, 10:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I still can't get my board working...ordered a new neopower 480 to replace my thermaltake 480 but I'm pretty sure the board is the fault.
I have a question why the hell can't companies test boards before they go about sending them out?

Liquid Snake Apr 21, 2005, 12:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Okay guys. Power Supply question. I just bought an Antec 550W to help out with the power load on my A8N-SLI. It has 2 12V+ rails with 19A on each. Can I add them together to figure 38A total? I wanted to make sure I meet the 25A requirement for FX and "heavy load" use from the manual. Thanks for your help on this one.

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Edited: Apr 21, 2005, 03:46pm EDT

 
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INSTALLED 2nd XFX 6800GT, NOW RUNNING SLI:
As promised here is my report on installing the 2nd XFX 6800GT and the PC-P&C 510 SLI PSU . Got my second XFX 6800GT. Tested the new card, all was fine and, finally, received my new PC P&C 510 SLI PSU. Installed everything last night and using the latest drivers, 71.89, 6.53 and 1006, I plugged in the PC and after the 2-3 normal reboots the system came up in SLI and worked flawlessly. No drama, no BSODs or screen jitters/lines, just SLI as advertised. Was expecting some theatrics but all was quiet and stable.

Ran 3DMark05 to verify the system's stability and got some interesting scores. With an O/C'ed single 6800GT @ 400-GPU/1100-DDR3 and 3500 Newcastle O/C'ed @ 2.39, on air, my rig got scores in the mid-5,000's. With NO O/C'ing on anything, my rig, in SLI mode, matches those scores. Single card system, at base settings, came in in the mid-3,000s so I was seeing a 60% increase in performance at base settings. So far I'm feeling good and seeing pretty much what I expected, although scores are a little low in SLI. Remember this was all at 1024x768 which isn't where SLI really shines.

Running Halflife 2 was what I was really interested in. At 1600x1200 1xAA my single card system, even when O/C'ed, would run with some jitters and minor stalling. The SLI rig, @base settings, running 1600x1200, 4xAA and aeverything maxed out never even breathed hard! Just ripped through it. WooHoo. No system stress at all and beat O/C'ed single card rig easily. Can't ask for much more than that. I'll probably try some O/Cing this weekend but really just wanted to play HL2 in "full everything" mode and enjoy the spectacle.

Only problem was that the top-side 6800GT was running a full 15-20 degress hotter in SLI than in single mode (85c in full load now but was 65c-70c full load before the second card). I believe that it is a ventilation issue since the lower card is fine (65c-70c full load). I moved a fan around and saw a temp. drop of 10-15 c right away but I have to run some more load tests to verify that.

The PC P&C 510 SLI runs louder and seemingly hotter than my Fortron Blue Storm 500 but the voltages never even twitched with everything (4x80mm fans, 1x120mm blower, 1x120mm fan, 1xZalman 7700 CPU cooler, 2xUV lights, 2xDVD drives, 2x 80GB HDD's, 2x6800GT's) plugged in and running. The Blue Strom was twitching enough on the 12v w/ one GT that I held off running SLI till the 510 SLI came in. This is a no frills, no eye candy, well made workhorse PSU that evokes nothing more than rock-solid confidence in its ability to handle just about any kind of silliness and overkill you throw at it. All I can say is get one if you can afford it. I have no doubts this beast will run strong for 10 years at full loads.

Bottom-line, I am very happy with the SLI setup. I am not a big overclocker and prefer to keep things set at normal if possible. SLI allows one to do this while running some really demanding grapjhically challenging games. I experienced no drama at all and everything ran as solid as I could hope for from any system. I'll try some tweaks this weekend and O/C a little to see what I can but the system is running as advertised and doing what I want right now, w/ no tweaks "right out of the box". I really can't give a better recommendation than that.

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 21, 2005, 03:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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John Scome

I still can't get my board working...ordered a new neopower 480 to replace my thermaltake 480 but I'm pretty sure the board is the fault.
I have a question why the hell can't companies test boards before they go about sending them out?
>>>Manufacturers don't but you can get the dealers to check them out for a small fee though.

Mike :)


Dulce Bilog Apr 21, 2005, 03:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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On the SLI-A8N Mobo, does anyone know a good replacement fan or northbridge heatsink for it? My video cards sometimes seem to be hitting the fan that's on it now. Sometimes the fan on the northbridge doesn't even spin when I turn on my pc. So any suggestions would be really appreciated! Thanks.

AMD FX53
ASUS SLI MB
2 XFX 6800 ULTRA SLI
2 RAPTORS
WINDOWS XP
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 21, 2005, 05:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Martin Cooper

>>>I can understand why you got the BSOD, it will happen every single time you try and install a drive with an existing OS to another motherboard unless if you're lucky, when using the same board.
>>>Try formating the drive on another system and clearing the CMOS RTC RAM on the A8N and trying again, use one stick of RAM in B1.

Mike :)

OldeCrow R Apr 21, 2005, 06:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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@ Merc

Its nice to hear another happy XFX customer, looking at their forums you would think nothing they make comes out of the factory functional ;)

You should be able to get better 3dmark05 scores with only subtle tweaking, Im getting over 7000 on my pair of XFX 6600gt's with a slight overclock on the cards and a slight overclock on my motherboard, ive never seen the card temp's over 58c but ive customized my HSF's a little bit ;) Ive been daydreaming about upgrading to a pair of 6800's but i havent played a game yet that makes me think i should.





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Martin Cooper Apr 22, 2005, 04:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

I did actually try clearing the CMOS RTC last night!

Basically, I took out gfx card and RAM to test for the beep errors, still nothing, so I cleared to CMOS with just the cpu in place. That seemed to work, so I installed the RAM, then the gfx card one by one, still working. I connected my IDE devices and it detected them no problem. Then I reset, changed only the system time in BIOS, saved, still seemed to work. Upon reset it went back to the same problem as before - no POST and nothing on the screen.

I seem to remember reading on here, somewhere around page 60-ish iirc, that this board has a problem with Maxtor Diamondmax 9s - and, guess what, that's what I've got!

I tried clearing the CMOS again, didn't work. I then stripped the mobo down to just the CPU again, thinking that as it worked before, it may work again in that state, intending to try another HDD I've got. Clearing the CMOS didn't work again.

Is the mobo dead, or am I missing something here?

Cheers for all the advice, Mike. Like I said before, I'm not a newb, I've just never come across a mainboard as quirky as this one before. :-\

Liquid Snake Apr 22, 2005, 10:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike-- thanks for the help on the powersupply info. I bought the Antec TPS-II (ATX 2.0) 550W. I'll just have to wait until it gets here and see if it's okay. Hopefully it'll work, but if not I'll try another. I only have 6600GT's which supposedly only need 17A and the p/s has two 19A rails so it should work.

On another topic: I installed Fedora Core 3 on a spare hdd with the A8N-SLI. Install went fine, but as seen as I boot to x-window, the top of the screen (like one inch in width) gets all grey/blue and it locks up. I'm thinking this might be some sort of SLI issue. I've checked the linux files and they come out clean both on the dvd and installed copy. I'm a linux newbie, is there anybody who has experience who might have an idea?

Will Bazdarich Apr 22, 2005, 02:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Liquid Snake,

I'm not much of a linux maven but I have a little experience with unix and x-windows. First off, which drivers are you using for your 6600? Are you using a 64-bit version of fedora (is there one?). If so are you using the 64-bit nvidia drivers or the 32-bit ones?
Maybe fedora is different but I know that on freeBSD you have to edit the xwindows config file to make sure the display is set up right or you'll get problems like the one you were describing.

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===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

sorry for the slow reply. i've tried another monitor on it and the same. displays nothing.
and as i had a boot disc with nvflash on it with the problems i had before with the 1st gfx card .
so i ran nvflash -a to check if it could see the card and it reported no NVIDIA cards detected

so is there anything else i can try or has the card failed again. or is the pci-e slot on the mb at fault.
strange that it worked for approx 12hrs then it stopped. arrgghhh lol



since i typed this.
the pcs inet has been acting up abit last few days. so i have to reset to get proper connection again. outlook ex had a not responding message (1st time thats happened - usually some websites dont show up). so i reset the pc just to get the inet back

but the video didnt come on via the pci card. so i changed it to 6600gt (which been plugged in with the pci card all day) and there it was. the display was all speckly tho :-( i kept resetting it and the display was getting more speckly with each reset. till i couldnt really make out what the writing onscreen was. so now im more flummoxed as to whats going on. as i never changed nothing from it not working to where it was albeit corrupt.

Will Bazdarich Apr 22, 2005, 05:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Asus posted the 1007 release bios on their site yesterday. Has anyone tried it yet?

Craig Hands Apr 22, 2005, 06:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
I am new to posting in this forum, (although I've been reading this subject for weeks now).
I have a problem with my A8N Sli, it keeps on randomly shutting itself down, I was hoping someone on here would of had the same problem, If anyone has had this problem in the past, I would sincerly appreciate any help anyone could give me. ( And also point out any outrageous spelling mistakes too, lol)
I know a fair bit on Pc's, so I've tried a number of thigs, anyway, I'll give you my specs and I'll tell you what I've done thus far
Cpu - 3500+ 64 skt 939 @ 35 - 45 degrees c Max
Mob -A8N Sli (standard) roughly 30 degrees c
Hard Disk - Maxtor diamond Max 10, 200Gb, Sata
Memory - 1 Gb Kingston (2 x 512)
G Card -128Mb XFX PCI-E GF6600
PSU - Jeantech 600w artic Psu
6 x UV Purple case fans (+1 raidmax bog standard case fan)
NEC - 16 xDvd writer
CPU Fan - Gigabyte 3d cooler (standard)

I think thats everything, I'll list everything I've tried now, lol;
1) I've left the barebones of the PC running, (no case fans or Cd), still switches itself off
2) I've done the above, but also letting the PSU run outside the case (this would rule out a thermal shutdown from the psu)
3) Following someone else's problem with the same mobo, I've switched the G card's over to the other slot (although this caused my pc to get into a clean install of windows in less than 2-3 seconds =o)
4) I'm going to change the memory settings later, (this shouldnt be the case considering it can load that much data into the memory in that ammount of time)

I really dont think this is a thermal shutdown on the mobo's behalf, but I have two ideas to go off...
The PSU Throws out 18A along the +12V1 and 16A along the +12V2, amd announced at the time of the release of the 3000+ 64 that this processor needs about 18 A, would this imply that the psu is not powerfull enough?
The second other thing I realised is that the PC has shutdown twice after pressing "Enter" after the XP login screen, If I can get into windows, I'm going to run a stress test on the CPU, If anyone has any ideas for this post, I Would sincerly appreciate ( and I promise, if you live nr Manchester or liverpool, I WILL buy you a pint, lol)

Thanks=)


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