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Chad Hutto May 09, 2005, 10:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello all!
I have been reading this thread now for a few days now and cannot seem to find the solution to my particular issue.

I have followed your setup instructions for the bios. I have installed all the latest drivers to no avail...

Here is my setup info.

AMD 64 3200
A8N-SLI Deluxe (bios 1007)
1Gb of memory
2 x "BFG GeFORCE 6600 GT OC" cards. (PCI-Express, 128Mb)
Windows XP SP2

Here is my problem. I am unable to get the 2 6600 GT OC cards to run in SLI mode. The nvidia control panel says that I need to remove one of the video cards. These 2 are the same out of the box right?

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can try?

This is my first real flame-thrower ( to me its a flame thrower) and this PCI Express stuff is a bit new to me. I never have been much of one to stay current on all the latest hardware.

Please let me know if I hae left out some key info that would help me solve this issue. I called BFG 3 nights ago asking for help and the tech gave me this forum topic and said to look here. Fine with me I am a technician myself and can prob fix the issue if I find helpfull info. I may need to call back. lol

Anyway can anyone help me out here?
TIA

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work May 09, 2005, 11:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Chad Hutto

Here is my problem. I am unable to get the 2 6600 GT OC cards to run in SLI mode. The nvidia control panel says that I need to remove one of the video cards. These 2 are the same out of the box right?
>Are you sure that both cards have the same BIOS revision number? Display Properties > Settings > Advanced > Geforce tab > Click on each card in left menu to see BIOS Rev number. Geforce 6600 GT - Geforce 6600 GT (2)
>Is your EZ selector card set to dual video? Take it out and reseat it.
>SLI connector snug?
>Clear your CMOS and reset BIOS's settings.

What does the Sli Multi GPU tab say?

Mike :)

Chad Hutto May 09, 2005, 11:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>Are you sure that both cards have the same BIOS revision number? Display Properties > Settings > Advanced > Geforce tab > Click on each card in left menu to see BIOS Rev number. Geforce 6600 GT - Geforce 6600 GT (2)
>Is your EZ selector card set to dual video? Take it out and reseat it.
>SLI connector snug?
>Clear your CMOS and reset BIOS's settings.

I will give this a try. I have triple and quadruple checked the EZ-selector card and the SLI bridge connector, both are snapped down and snug in/on the sockets/plugs. The BIOS is one thing I have not checked. To be honest I had no clue you could flash a video cards bios. I would get that from BFG I assume?

As for the control panel info...
Odd, I went back to get the exact verbage from the SLI-Multi GPU and now that menu item is gone. I did just install the latest drivers from nvidia last night... I honestly cannot remmber the exact wording. I will go back to the previous driver and see what it says and let you know.

Chad Hutto May 10, 2005, 12:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

>Are you sure that both cards have the same BIOS revision number? Display Properties > Settings > Advanced > Geforce tab > Click on each card in left menu to see BIOS Rev number. Geforce 6600 GT - Geforce 6600 GT (2)

OK I was not able to look at both cards in the advanced options. It would only show one card. So I pulled out one and checked the bios ver.

Card one = 5.43.02.36.05

I then swapped the cards and checked the second card.

Card two = 5.43.02.27

Do you think this is the main issue here? How does one go about updating the bios on a video card, and where can I find the bios updates? I checked BFG's website and they do not have much of a download section, it all points back to Nvidias website. On Nvidias website, I see nothing about bios updates.

Thank you for your help by the way! I await your reply...

P D May 10, 2005, 02:12am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> - Southbridge Fan!


What the heck!

All of a sudden I hear, -chuck- -chuck- -chuck-, and BAM my southbridge fan [the bottom right] stops.

Luckily I caught it, and turned the system off. Anyone see that happen before?

I undid the top brace and tried to clean the fan up, but it was not bad or anything.

I left the top brace off, and left only 2 screws to hold down the fan, but now Im worried to leave my system on, any idea what the heck is going on? Any tips on what is best replacement for this crappy fan?

p.d

Aino Toonder May 10, 2005, 08:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Haya Mike :)

Yeah I know, I did all that, I mean remove 1 ram leaving one in b1, removing 1 gpu, and setting all I don't use off in my bios (1007 btw), and then it crashes less quickly. So I was at one time able to install Win XP pro SP2. That did not run stable at all, so I looked at my device manager, and I had many errors, so I fixed them using the CD that came with the board, also used some drivers I downloaded from asus. I fixed them all but one called RAID. I am using only 1 s-ata disk, so I was not worried about that.

Still it would just crash without any warning. The bluescreen...

I am about to order a new Antec power supply, I like the blue LEDz so I want the TruePower version 2.0 TPII-480 Blue ( http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=17483 ). What do you think?

Still any more advise is very much appreciated!!

Aino

Merc May 10, 2005, 08:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Chad Hutto-
As an aside make sure the "EZ plug" is installed (just a molex in the 4 pin slot) too.

Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
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Asus P5K Deluxe BIOS 0404
Core 2 Duo Q6600 (3600MHz@1.46v)
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1 x XFX 8800GTX XXX Watercooled
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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work May 10, 2005, 08:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 10, 2005, 09:00am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Chad Hutto

This is most likely the issue.to your problem. You will need to copy the higher BIOS and flash the card so that they match, you will need to do a bit of reading on this but it's quite easy.
(NVFLASH) http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/34
All you need to do to see the second card is to extend your monitor in Display Properties and the second card will show in the left menu.

Mike :)

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Aino Toonder

I think your power supply was adequate after removing the extra components, still a good idea on the new PSU though.

Mike :)

Aino Toonder May 10, 2005, 09:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Mike

I very much hope you are right about that, coz I just found a shop here in Holland who says they can sell me the Antec TP II 480 Blue. :)

What do you think? Will that solve my bluescreenz ?

I want to hear Yes :) So I can order asap, but plz be honest :$

Aino

Remi Holm May 10, 2005, 09:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work May 10, 2005, 10:28am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Aino Toonder

What do you think? Will that solve my bluescreenz ?

I want to hear Yes So I can order asap, but plz be honest :$

No guarantees that it will clear your blue screens, but at least you know there will be more amperage for your loads, I do believe it has two rails at 18 AMPS each.
Your current supply has 24 AMPS.

Mike :)


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Edited: May 10, 2005, 11:41am EDT

 
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Thanks Mike :)

I'll let you know if it works when it gets here... (day after 2morrow :()


Chad Hutto May 10, 2005, 01:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

Again thanks for allt help! I will pull up that site tonight and try to update thebios on the older rev card.

As for
"All you need to do to see the second card is to extend your monitor in Display Properties and the second card will show in the left menu."

This sounds like if I am reading it correct? I should have 2 monitors hooked up? Or possibly your saying extend the slide out menu for the nvidia options in display properties?

Thanks again!

Todd Noway May 10, 2005, 01:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Will this mobo support upcoming Dual Core CPU's?

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Remi Holm May 10, 2005, 04:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tekno Jnky May 10, 2005, 04:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I believe that a few of the 'pre-view' reviews have cited using dual-core's with the a8n-sli motherboards.

From personal experience, the most recent bios updates have added a tidbit to the bios boot up screen, next to the processor type/speed it indicates '1 cpu' ostensibily to differentiate between single and dual core cpu's.



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Edited: May 10, 2005, 05:14pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Chad Hutto

In order to see your 2 video cards in your Geforce tab left menu (where SLI MUlti GPU is) both monitors in Display Properties need to be highlighted blue (not greyed out) and you must be out of SLI mode (no problem for you at this time though. lol). You need to click on monitor 2 to get it to highlight then extend monitor 1 to that monitor 2 by checking the box below, without making monitor 2 a primary monitor. This in turn will activate the settings for the second card in the left menu.
Display Properties > Settings > Monitor 1 and Monitor 2 Highlighted > Then Geforce 6600 GT (2) will be visible in the left menu not just Geforce 6600 GT.

No second monitor needs to be installed.

Mike :)


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Remi

Nope, you're out of luck!

I am waiting for such cards myself.

Mike :)


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