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Dutch60 Apr 25, 2005, 06:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Dave,

I have a very good and very stable IBM laptop containing an Intel processor and an ATI graphics chip that will create a very good BOOT CD containing MemTest86+ and believe me my AMD system with NVIDIA chipset and graphics runs fine for two hours so that is plenty of time to create an MemTest86 BOOT CD. I will try this tonight when I get home from work, working for more than eight hours on my very stable laptop.
See I still have a good sense of humor. LOL.

You must have read in my previous post that I already did a MemTest86 and WinMemDiag run for more than 16 hours from a floppy so how is doing this from a CD going to make any difference.

Hans.

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Sven Erik Knop Apr 25, 2005, 07:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

I have to ask this again because it is bugging me:

BIOS 1002 takes 5 seconds to boot
BIOS 1006 takes 60 seconds to boot

Do I do something wrong or is this normal? How long does your system take to boot?

Cheers

Sven Erik

Gary A Apr 25, 2005, 07:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2005, 07:45am EDT

 
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Some weeks ago I put a system together by just following my nose. Everything worked fine and my son has been playing World of Warcraft without a hitch. That was with an 80gig PATA. We then decided to replace the PATA ( it was borrowed from another box and had to go back) with a new 80gig SATA which I had tested extensively as a second drive.

I had since found this FAQ which I followed closely in an effort to do things right but now I have hit a problem when try to install Windows XP.

The drive is recognised and Windows XP SP2 installs it's files but on the bootup after the reset I get the error:
"Error loading operating system"

I have been working on this problem for two days and now find myself at a dead end. I made a slipstream boot disk for SP2. I have tried various forms of partitions using XP and I have used Segates own disk utility to partiton the drive but still no luck.

Does anyone have an idea? Please!

Gary

A8Nsli delux
1gig geil ram
Leadtek gt6600
Segate 80gig SATA Baracuda
Thermaltake case 400w PS
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Sven Erik Knop Apr 25, 2005, 07:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gary

did you make sure that you defined the right boot order in the BIOS? I made sure on my system that the correct SATA drive was defined on top of the boot chain. I am not sure if this make that much difference, but you never know.
Which SATA port did you use to connect your drive?

Cheers

Sven Erik

Gary A Apr 25, 2005, 07:49am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sven,
thanks for the reply. Yes I have checked the boot order. It is the only drive in the system.
I am using the guide at the start of this FAQ so I disabled the Silicon SATA controller.

Gary

Dave Ballantyne Apr 25, 2005, 09:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2005, 09:06am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hans Elzer,

"You must have read in my previous post that I already did a MemTest86 and WinMemDiag run for more than 16 hours from a floppy so how is doing this from a CD going to make any difference."

Oops ... well i didnt :-) CD will make no difference.

The drivers im refering to get installed with the NForce 4 Drivers, as well are the NVidia Firewall , which again you dont want. Be very vigiliant in making sure that they dont get installed. I wouldnt of thought that the would be installed with the RAID drivers but try building a system without raid then updating the NForce Drivers.

Once happy then try RAID. But first just try Add Remove Programs -> NVIDIA Drivers -> Uncheck NVIDIA IDE , if you can even get that far :-)

This sounds EXACTLY the same as my issues which were resolved by doing this

Dave

Alec Khaz Apr 25, 2005, 09:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello everybody...

I have read 20 pages but I didn't find the strange problems I have...

I have put 2x Leadtek 6800 TDH 256MB (these card didn't have addtional power connector) in SLI mode, but I have similar or little slower performance with Multi-GPU SLI activated than Mono-CPU SLI !!!?! (8800 3D Mark 2003)

I have :

420Watts Enermax PSU
3800+ AMD
2x 1GB DDRAM400 Buffalo
2x 200GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA
1x Nec 16x 3520
1x Wireless card Gigabyte

(I have do a second system similar with 4000+ with 2x 6600GT MSI 128MB and everything working fine...14000 3D mark2005)....

Thanks for infos !

Alec

Merc Apr 25, 2005, 10:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2005, 10:18am EDT

 
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SATA external HDD question:
I purchased a 160GB SATA HDD to back up my RAID 0 (2x80GB) setup. Using the SATA PCI connector that came with the A8N SLI Del and Ghost 9.0 I crreated a ghost copy of both drives on the 160 GB spare w/ no problem. I've since loaded new drivers and really didn''t play with the spare again until recently. Now, I cannot get the system to recognize this HDD. In BIOS setup it sees it as a drive and wants to create a new RAID array. In NVRAID manager it sees it and wants to do the same. Disk manager does not see the HDD at all, which is very strange as I get a beep when I attach it. Shouldn't I at least see a second drive in Disk manager when the drive is plugged in? The NVRAID drivers should be irrelevant to XP seeing another HDD attached. It may not know what to do with it but it should at least see it, right?

Anyways, Here is what I know.
1. The connection is sound as the RAID manager sees the drive and the system beeps when I plug/unplug it.
2. The HDD is sound as it comes up in BIOS/RAID Manager and I assume the bootable copy of my disk is safely on there since the drive has sat peacefully untouched since its creation a month ago.
3. XP just does not see this disk at all.

What I would like to know:
1. What happened to make this drive persona-non-grata as far as my sytem is concerned? I can't believe updating the NVIDIA drivers would do this but apparently that is the situation.
2. How do I get this drive back onto friendly terms with XP and NVRAID? I just want it to be another drive on the system that is alone and unattached. I generally leave it unhooked as I want a clean, uncorrupted copy of my system ICO bad virus or some such thing. Should I make it a new JBOD array?
3. Should I enable the SIL ports and put the disk on those? But why do this when everything was fine before?
4. Would reloading all the Nvidia drivers w/ the drive attached fix this problem or cause some disastrous outcome? Have to reload as the firewall is all screwed up right now (says I don't have it loaded yet shows up as working WTFO)

This is not a crisis or anything, just an interesting and slightly frustrating anomaly. Any ideas about the cause of this?
TIA 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
Dutch60 Apr 25, 2005, 10:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Dave,

I just had a look at your suggestion of: Add Remove Programs -> nVIDIA Drivers -> Uncheck nVIDIA IDE
And guess what the nVIDIA IDE drivers are not amongst the installed items, as I was already pretty sure the would not be there simply because I did not install them and I also did not install the NVIDIA Firewall.
The option that were there are:
1. nVIDIA Display Driver.
2. nVIDIA Ethernet Driver Components.
3. nVIDIA nForce PCI System Management Driver.
And I think that these drivers should al be there.
So you keep saying nForce RAID is the problem, then why did nVIDIA include this in this motherboard do we keep waiting until the get the RAID drivers working?

Hans.


Dave Ballantyne Apr 25, 2005, 11:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hans

"So you keep saying nForce RAID is the problem, then why did nVIDIA include this in this motherboard do we keep waiting until the get the RAID drivers working?"

Thats not what im saying.. just for simplicities sake its worth building a system without RAID.

"And guess what the nVIDIA IDE drivers are not amongst the installed item..."

Then you do have a different issue to me... It sounded so similar , basically Locking up after a random amount of time doing random activity. Worth a try though

Dave

Dutch60 Apr 25, 2005, 02:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Dave,

I really want to thank you for al your good ideas, I also was already thinking about the fact that it could be some IDE and/or RAID related problem, even before I started my first call for help, especially while it seemed to me that al my other system ingredients and setup parameters seem ok anyway as far as I can judge.
I think that I will go to my system builder this Friday afternoon and let him take a good look at some of my components because there still remains the fact that it could be something as simple as some faulty component that is giving some thermal related problem.

Thanks,
Hans.

Brad Morse Apr 25, 2005, 04:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Question for the Group -

I am running the following:

Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3500 + Winchester
(1) VGA Nvidia 6800 GT
Raid 1 (Mirror) SATA 200 GB - Western Digital
IDE 200 GB - Maxtor
Plextor IDE DVD RW PX=716A
Windows Media Center 2005


I have been through the gamut of issues with this board that everyone else has talked about, from BIOS, to RAID driver disks to Power supply issues. I have all those resolved, except one. I used a borrowed single stick of 512 DDR 400 RAM to get my system installed. My original generic (yes, I know, I know) 1 GB DDR PC 3200 400mhz RAM wouldn't work at all. The 1007 BIOS seemed to fix all that, and it seems to work now - but only in single channel.

When I put it in dual channel, it loads XP but then gives me disk errors and reboots. Can anyone tell me if you have had this issue? Are there Manual BIOS settings that might help with this?

I don't know the manufacturer - I bought this from an eBay store (big mistake) and I don't have a spec sheet.

Also, if dual channel simply won't work, can you run 2 sticks in non -dual channel configuration?

Merc Apr 25, 2005, 04:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Brad Morse-
You definitely can run dual channel mode with this MoBo/AMD combo. BTW it is not a MoBo problem but an AMD 64 CPU problem having to do with the onboard memory controller not handling 2 sided RAM DIMMS when all 4 slots are filled. It will run them at 333MHZ vice 400MHZ. 2 sided sticks of RAM will run at 400MHZ if just two slots are used. Anyways, you should be able to run 2 sticks of 512MB PC3200 DDR 400 RAM in dual channel mode with a stick in slots 1 and 3 as you move away from the CPU on the board. If the system is not seeing them then I would suspect the RAM.

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
Patrick Michael McCarthy Apr 25, 2005, 05:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ronnie Raney Apr 25, 2005, 05:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello everyone -
Haven't been able to read all of the posts and haven't found too much about my problem.
My PC shuts down at random times from 30 seconds to several hours or days.
Everything just stops, and the board remains in an idle power mode.
I can always reboot and I have managed to get an OS on the hard drive.
If this sound familiar to anyone, please help.
The Probe software says the temperatures are very good and when it comes to power supplies, I'm not very knowledgeable, but my power supply was a cheap 400watt lesser-known brand.
The RAM modules are Kingston and are compatible with the board.
What do you all think? Anyone's opinion is sure welcome. Thank you!

Craig Hands Apr 25, 2005, 05:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys.
I've noticed something else about my random pc shutdowns (pc just looses power, and instantly turns off)
When I ran sandra, and tried to check the temps via "motherboard information", it switched itself straight off when it queiried (spell?) the motherboard, I'm going to let my computer cool for a while, then try it with various other items in sandra.
Would this further sujest (spell?) that the PSU is to blame?
Could someone please introduce me to a free online spell checker, I don't have word installed on here:'(
If anyone has any ideas, let me know, because I'm really stumped on this one=S

Jason Hollister Apr 25, 2005, 06:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi all,

just a quick couple of questions! Is there a known issue with SATA drive detection on this mobo? If there is, is there a fix?

Jason Hollister Apr 25, 2005, 06:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just to clarify a little; this drive is not a boot drive, just a mass storage device. I get random disconnects in windows, POST and BIOS

Brad Morse Apr 25, 2005, 06:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

Thx for the post. However, I only have 2 sticks - not 4. Will that affect the memory controller for the CPU? I had put them in slots A1, B1 (1 and 3 as you move away from the CPU) and that is when it gave me weird disk errors and reboots. Do I still need to move the Mem speed down to 333 Mhz?

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Brad-
I assumed 2 sticks of double sided RAM at 512MB/stick. PC3200 DDR-400 DIMMs should run at 400MHZ (be advised that speed will show as 200MHZ in CPUz and other programs as the 400MHZ results from the dual accessing od the 2 DIMMs) in the slots you have it in w/ no problem on this board w/ the 3500+ (Winnie core). Can you test the RAm in another PC? I am also assuming that the RAM is unbuffered and not registered.

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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