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Greg M Apr 24, 2005, 12:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I am having similar problems to Paul. When winodows goes to copy the raid drivers, it says it cannot copy the drivers rvraid.sys and such. If I ignore it, after the re-boot, windows just gives me a BSOD. It, however, successfully writes all the data using the drivers that it later cannot find. I am currently trying a different (older, non-slipstreamed with SP2) install disk. I will see what happens, but anyone have any suggestions?

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James Lawder Apr 24, 2005, 01:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

Here is the information from the display adapters in Safe Mode

Radeon X850 Series/Radeon X850 Series Secondary

Driver Details (Both adapters say this):

Driver Provider: ATI Technologies Inc.
Driver Date: 3/22/05
Driver Version: 6.14.10.6525
Digital Signer: Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher

After I wrote down the info, I then discovered something else that was interesting:

I booted up the computer and let Windows load and the screen goes blank. While I left my monitor turned on, I unplugged the monitor from the right port and plugged it into the left port. All of the sudden the monitor turned on and I can play my games! However, if I restart the computer while the monitor is plugged into the left port it then goes back to the same problem but replugging it back into the left port will fix it (I've tried going from the left port to the right port but that didn't do it).

So now I'm wondering, maybe it's a monitor problem? (It's a 19" CRT)



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Edited: Apr 24, 2005, 02:58pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
James Lawder

I booted up the computer and let Windows load and the screen goes blank. While I left my monitor turned on, I unplugged the monitor from the right port and plugged it into the left port. All of the sudden the monitor turned on and I can play my games!
>>>Something I always recommend, just didn't get there yet. lol
>>>The monitor is supposed to be plugged in the top cards left port if facing the back of your tower.

So now I'm wondering, maybe it's a monitor problem? (It's a 19" CRT)
>>>No, I think it's your settings in the Display Properties > Settings.
>>>Make sure you see monitor one and two (out of SLI mode). Monitor one should be highlighted and make sure monitor two is not in extended mode and Primary. (click the monitor to activate the monitors settings).

Mike :)

Sven Erik Knop Apr 24, 2005, 02:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

I wonder if someone can help me.
I ran my A8N-SLI with the Bios 1002 without any problems, boot took only a few seconds on the original picture, than it ran through POST.

Now I upgraded my BIOS to 1006. Since then, the (now different) picture will stay up for a minute before POST and Windows XP startup. I have enabled QuickBoot, but that does not make any difference.

I did not reset the motherboard after installing the new BIOS (does not say in the instructions that I should).

Any ideas why it takes so much longer to boot now? How long should it take for the BIOS to start up?

Rest of the specs

3500+ Athlon 64
1 6800GT
3 GB Memory (2 * 1 GB, 2 * 512 MB , non-buffered, non - ECC)

3 SATA Drives
1 ATA Drive
2 DVD drives

Oh, and could someone recommend a good power supply for this kind of spec? My power supply is crap (although it is supposed to deliver 550 Watts). I was thinking of the Antec NeoPower 480 Watts - which should be ample of power for this spec.

Cheers

Sven Erik

James Lawder Apr 24, 2005, 05:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

I have checked the settings and they were set to what you have said. I just set the EZ Selector card back to Single mode (because I tried Dual mode when you made your first reply) but the display problem still happens. While I am happy that we found one solution to fixing the display problem (re-plugging the monitor into the left port), I am still confused as to why the display goes blank whenever I boot up my computer and have to re-plug the monitor.

Thank you for your help,

James

OldeCrow R Apr 24, 2005, 05:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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any news on the 1007 bios ? any real improvements for the 4 dimm people? any other improvements ?

i havent activated this install of windows yet so im game to trash it with a bios upgrade ;)

maybe even try the new 71.89 forcewares too ;)


Ethereal Power Apr 24, 2005, 06:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello Guys,

I just got this system up and running. The problem though is I spent quite a bit of cash silenceing the pc, just to know that the stupid chipset fan runs at > 8000rpm! what a noisy thing that was! I have a Zalman CU7000B on the processor, a QTechnology Ultra Quiet ATX PSU 460W, 2 Ultra Quiet Chasis fans, and a fanless Geforce 6600GT. So I was quite disappointed with the chipset fan. So .. out it came! ripped the thing out and replaced with Zalman Chipset heatsink. Now I can' t hear a thing! The machine is ultra quiet (though not into water cooling really).

Installed 1006 Bios, no problems there.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
2x 512MB DDR400 cruical mem
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
250GB Seagate Barracuda.7
Geforce 6600GT (Fanless)

This setup has been running for a few days, and has run HL2 and Thief DS, 5 instances of Oracle Databases (not all at the same time!).

So anyone p**sed off with noisy machine, get rid of chipest fan .. what where they thinking of !?

sander fraser Apr 24, 2005, 07:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ty for a very good guide, and a very cool name: Sander!!

thats my name to :)

Craig Hands Apr 24, 2005, 07:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ronnie Raney Apr 24, 2005, 08:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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New problem...I'd appreciate anyone's help, I've got my board up and running but the PC turns off at random times, anywhere from 30 seconds to a few days... I've got a simple system running and XP, what would be some of the things I could look at? Thanks, RR

Damon F Apr 24, 2005, 10:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ, please help
I finally have everything I need and put my case together. Just powered up for the first time. I'm attempting to update the bios according to exactly how the FAQ said. I have only floppy, memory, gpu, and cpu with heatsink connected. I downloaded the flash tool and latest bios to a floppy formatted for ms dos startup. When I go into the mobo settings menu choose "load setup default" then "exit and save changes" nothing happens on reboot, it just goes back to the same menu. I even checked to make sure the boot priority was right for the floppy. What is wrong?
thanks.

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Dutch60 Apr 25, 2005, 02:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2005, 03:06am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ - Huston I have an instability problem!
Before I start of explaining my problem I want to thank Sander and everyone who contributed good information about the A8N issues on this forum thread.

Huston I have an instability problem! (and I am not Apollo 13)

System specification:
ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe BIOS 1006 final
AMD FX-55 @ 2.6 GHz
2GB Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2PT @ 3-3-3-8 1T 2,75volt
2x ASUS Extreme N6800 Ultra (425/550 stock speed) in SLI mode
2x Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 400GB S-ATA in nVidia RAID-0 mode
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS
Plextor PX-116A/T3BP DVD-ROM
Plextor PX-716A DualLayer DVD+/-RW
Enermax EG701AX-VE(W) SFMA 600 Watt SLI power supply
Antec P160 Aluminium Casing

Drivers:
nForce4 6.53 WHQL
Forceware 71.84 WHQL
Creative WHQL drivers

The hardware was put together by a system builder in the Netherlands and I only had to setup the software, well I thought that would be no problem as I am a software engineer and programmer by profession and I know something about that and it was not the first time I did this in fact I did this hundred of time before.

The systems runs perfect no disk problems no IRQ problems as far as I can see everything is ok concerning the software installation. Game like Doom3, Far Cray, Silent Hunter 3, Brothers in Arms and Flight Sims like FSIM 2004, IL-2 Sturmovik and Lock On run ok and that also includes SLI mode.

The only thing is it runs ok for about an average time of two hours and then lockup and freeze!!!!!
Infect it is completely unpredictable the freeze can happen directly after Booting at the windows logon screen or it can run for more than two hours of surfing the internet and gaming.

I have tried everything with the memory timings from 2-3-3-6 T1 up to 3-4-4-8 T2 further more I also ran Windows Memory Diagnostics and MemTest86+ for more the 16 hours on the timings 2.5-3-3-6 T1 2.75volt and there were no problems.

I have did setup everything in the BIOS settings like Sander states on the first page of this thread.

My systems temperatures in degrees Celsius are:
CPU 57, Chip 54, GPU-1 84 and GPU-2 75.
According to ASUS Probe the minimum voltage on the 12volt line 11.684volt.
These measurements were taken during very heavy load like running IL-2 Sturmovik tracks for more than one hour.

I have had the system for three weeks and besides the good gaming hours for two hours after every Reboot it has been very frustrating having the system lockup in plain simple windows internet sessions and sometimes in games although games seem to run better than windows.

If anybody has any driver or BIOS setup ideas please help me, before the systems goes back to the system builder and I let him seek out the hardware instability problems.

PLEASE HELP!

Dave Ballantyne Apr 25, 2005, 03:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hans Elzer

Try removing (if installed) the NVidia IDE Drivers

Dave

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Edited: Apr 25, 2005, 04:16am EDT

 
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Hi Dave,

Yes I installed the NVidia IDE Drivers, the are as we know WHQL.
But I am willing to try that in fact I am willing to try anything!
How do I go about uninstalling these NVidia IDE drivers and will I run into problems not being able to boot any more?
Are these NVidia IDE drivers not needed for WinXP to read from my NVidia RAID Stripe set?

Thanks, Hans.

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Dave Ballantyne Apr 25, 2005, 05:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hans ,

All very good questions <G>

I dont think that you do need the NVidia IDE drivers installed, Your system should revert to the Micro$oft Drivers.

You should be able to remove them idividually from "Add/Remove Programs" within the control panel.

I dont know About the RAID set needing them either. Do you have another disk hanging around which you could build a trial system on.

Do you have to run a RAID system anyway ? In the interests of a trial it worth forgetting about.

Dave

Sven Erik Knop Apr 25, 2005, 06:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

with regards to the drivers for Windows XP: I first thought I needed to provide the SATA drivers during the Windows XP installation procedure but had been told that this was nor necessary with the A8N-SLI.
Turned out to be true, XP recognized my SATA (non-RAID) and IDE disks without any problems.

Cheers

Sven Erik

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Hi Sven,

Ok that is good to know, you have no problems running in non RAID?
If you have the same or almost the same system as mine I might have to give this non RAID option a try.

Hans.

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Hans,

When you boot XP from a CD does it crash after an amount of time ?
If it were a hardware problem then i would expect it to!

Try running MemTest from a boot CD http://www.memtest86.com/
Although it may be tough to create a boot CD if you can run windows. :-)


It does sound similar to my issues which were resolved by removing the IDE drivers.

Just to clarify i am running on a non Raid 2*Sata and 1*Ide Disk machine

Dave



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