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Jason Hollister Jun 02, 2005, 06:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Jan

I have two of these Gigabyte cards and have had no problems with them. What makes you so sure thats it's the GFX cards that are causing the problem?

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Jan

Sorry I didn't read your post properly. I have found one problem with these cards - the heatsink. The heatsink seems to be loose at one end on both cards. I have replaced both my cards heatsinks with 2 arctic cooler 6's.

Jan De Vries Jun 02, 2005, 02:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tx for replying, i will check the heatsink and replace the default coolpaste.

Jan

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Edited: Jun 02, 2005, 02:16pm EDT

 
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Jason, thanks for your help, your the man... unchecked the show GPU load balaning and green lines are gone... woohoo.. tnx.

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sasi karan Jun 03, 2005, 11:30am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Guyz!!

Having problems runing on SLI ? i think upcomming crossfire will beat nvidida's SLI so i am getting ready for it.......anyway i have a little problem that when i play boiling point graphics are great and works very well at high resoultions but suddenly the game not responding and screen freezes with a error meassage saying it can not create something"

but all other games are running stable and even able to play without loosing any quality and performance at 1600 X 1200.



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Jason Hollister Jun 03, 2005, 11:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 03, 2005, 11:48am EDT

 
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Hi Sasi

Could you please be a little more specific with the "can not create something" error message? please write down the error when it next appears.

Jan De Vries Jun 03, 2005, 02:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jason Hollister

I did fix the coolpaste (only the core, the mem was not even cooled bij de heatsink), but no luck. I changed the videocard to the Asus Extreme N6600GT and the problem is over. I leave it with that i think although i am still puzzled with the problem.

Anyway, Jason thank you for your response!

Jan.

Chris jackson Jun 03, 2005, 02:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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New Bios 1011-002:

ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_939/NVIDIA_Chipse...11sd02.zip

Running it here. No changelog yet. No problems til now.

Use new Asus update util to flash it:

ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/BIOS_FLASH_UTILS/asusupd60601.zip

Raf H Jun 03, 2005, 02:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tried pushing high FSB with 1T?

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Edited: Jun 03, 2005, 02:39pm EDT

 
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My god this thread is getting long how can anyone find anything in here for help.

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Chris jackson Jun 03, 2005, 03:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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build 1011-001 doesn't allow it

Chris jackson Jun 03, 2005, 03:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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tested.

No DDR 275/1T with bios 1011-002

Paul Crook Jun 03, 2005, 04:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello and thanks for the excellent resource.

I had successfully set up my new A8N-SLI with a single SATA drive and booted XP while waiting for my dual 10,000 RPM SATA Raptors from Newegg. Since they arrived, I have been in Hell.

The instructions from the ASUS Web site state that you have to press "B [Set Boot]" in the nVidia RAID BIOS setup screen to make my RAID 0 array bootable, only it's grayed-out! So during XP installation, when it comes time to boot the OS for the first time from the hard drive, XP says it can't because of a configuration problem. Why is this BIOS option disabled and inaccessible to me? The instructions use a PATA example only. Is it actually possible to boot from an nVidia SATA RAID 0 array on this motherboard?

I went on to try using the Si3114R RAID controller instead (despite Sander's warning that this controller could saturate the PCI bus with 2 drives) and had other problems. I'm so frustrated that I'm considering bagging the on-board RAID controllers altogether and getting an Escalade card instead. So two questions?

1 - Has anyone successfully booted XP to a SATA RAID array connected to the nVidia controller?
2 - Does anyone know why the "Set Boot" option is grayed-out and how to enable it?

Thanks in advance.


Russ Spry Jun 03, 2005, 04:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Paul,
I have set up raids on both controllers. The NV Raid shows the raid as a hot swapable device which I personally didn't care for. I am useing Sil Raid controller on a Raid 5 with 3 Raptors. I has been flawless for over 5 months since the original install. I have had zero problems with this board.

Chris jackson Jun 03, 2005, 04:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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first of all get the latest bios.

next go to bios boot options. it'll show your hard disk options, put the scsi (sata array) as your first option.

Merc Jun 03, 2005, 04:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Paul-
ARe you loading XP on to the SATA at this time? First get your Asus CD out and go to the make a disk in utility. This will copy the RAID files to a floppy for you. Then set the boot order to 1. CD ROM, 2. removable and 3. hard drive. Put the XP CD in and reboot. During the initial install of XP it will prompt you for any special drivers for RAID or large arrays. Hit F6 and XP will load the NV RAID drivers from the floppy you made. It is pretty straight forward from there.

Merc
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Thomas Louis Jun 03, 2005, 05:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi all,

I just signed up to this forum jus because of this forum. I think it's sweet to have a community about our motherboard ;)

I bought my rig last week and it runs smoothly on Windows XP Professional 32-bit

I have:
AMD 64 3700+ San Diego
Asus A8N-SLI-Deluxe
1GB Kingston ValueRAM
Tagan 480W PSU
LeadTek 6800GT
2x 200GB Maxtor in RAID-0 on the NVRaid Controller

Yet, this config still posed a problem when installing Windows XP x64 in dual boot.
As you all know, when using the NVRaid controller we need the driver disk to load Raid drivers.
But when it starts copying the files he can't find the driver catalog files nvata.cat and nvraid.cat.
So i checked the driver disks and no cat files were on it. I used different 64-bit drivers for it, even checket nvidia website and still no luck with the cat files. I know the cat files are included in the 32 bit driver package.

Now these are the things I tried:
-Copying catalog files from the 32 bit drivers
-Editing the nvraid.inf, nvata.inf and txtoem file: commenting out the references to these files
-Just pressing escape when he asks for them.

In any of those scenario's XP-64 installs, but upon completion he show a blue-screen for a flash of a second and keeps rebooting.

I would definately like to get into x64 WITH this raid config, but after browsing forums and searching google I still have no luck, it looks almost like there is no solution??

Anyone here who can elaborate plz?

Greetz,
Thomas

AMD 64 3700+ San Diego
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LeadTek 6800GT
2x 200GB Maxtor in RAID-0 on the NVRaid Controller
Paul Crook Jun 03, 2005, 11:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I have been there, done that several times.

Russ Spry wrote:

> I have set up raids on both controllers.

I also have successfully made RAID arrays with both controllers, but have you gotten an nVidia SATA RAID to boot XP? If so, do you remember if you were able to set the array as bootable using the BIOS utility?

Chris jackson wrote:

> first of all get the latest bios.

That's the first thing I tried when I began having trouble. I got and loaded version 1008.

> put the scsi (sata array) as your first option

Yes, I have the nVidia SATA RAID array at the top of the Hard Drives list.

Merc wrote:

> First get your Asus CD out and go to the make a disk in utility.

Yes, I install the controller and RAID drivers from floppy when I do the XP install from CD-ROM.

I should note that an XP installation has no trouble accessing the RAID array. It copies files to it and if I boot to the XP recovery console (using the XP CD), I can see the files on C:\ no problem. It's just that XP won't boot from that RAID array. It gets through all the installation steps up until it tries to boot for the first time from the hard disks. That's when it fails.

I believe the problem is that I have to mark the RAID array as bootable. On the ASUS-supplied CD-ROM in Manuals\NVIDIA_RAID\NVRaid_20GM.pdf is a manual with step-by-step instructions for setting up a bootable RAID array. On page 29 it shows a picture of the Array List Window which shows an option labeled "[B] Set Boot", and on page 30, step 3 is the instruction "3. Use the arrow keys to select the array that you want to set up, then press B to specify the array as bootable."

It is this step that I can't do because the option is disabled (grayed-out). Since I can't set the array as bootable and since XP won't boot from it, I assume these two things are related. Does anyone know why the "Set Boot" option is disabled?

Thanks, Paul
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Ryan Lush Jun 04, 2005, 01:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well seeing as i cant figure out how to start a new thread ill just post it here. Even though i couldnt get a response when there were 30 replies.

Does this mother board suck or what? I have had this thing for 6 months and it has been nothing but problems. What kind of 3dMark05 scores have you guys been getting? Mine tops out at a wopping 3500 with an average of about 10 frames a second. I did not pay $1500 for a system that runs like this. I called Asus and they said they thought it was a bad board so i RMA'd it. I sent the video card along with it just to be sure. They sent the video card back untouched and said it was fine. As for the motherboard they claim they replaced the MQX transistor. I can not tell any difference. Now they tell me to swicth to a 24 pin PSU but i dont believe that will make any difference. I am on the latest bios relase running on default settings. I origonally tried the setting mentioned at the beggining of this faq but that didnt make any difference. Odd things happen as well. Programs are slow to start, AIM will stop working randomly for about 5 seconds at a time (no response with any of the windows), sometimes the computer will run the windows logo and then go to a blank screen for 20 minutes before windows starts up. It will also be slow to shut down.

Should i eBay the whole system and start over? I have yet to hear any answers from anyone including Asus.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
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Asus EN6800
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Edited: Jun 26, 2005, 12:17pm EDT

 
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Merc and all others lending a hand.

Great job on keeping the forum going!

Working on my hardware and case modifications http://pcchill.com/Home_of_the_SUB_ZERO/index.html

Thanks for helping everyone out here.

Mike :)


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