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Kevin Estes Feb 16, 2005, 05:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hey all, I'm slowly but surely working around all my problems. I had a mismatched pair of OCZ el Platinum rev.2 as you may have seen in earlier post. I did hook up SLI on 1 stick of ram for giggles and started to have problems indicative of PSU problems.

I saw where someone earlier asked about proper power routing with the Antec 480 Neo and there was no reply so I'll ask again as I'm certain I'm not the only one running out of connector ports on the Neo 480. I was having random freezes in windows and FarCry but I had my PSU hooked up thusly: One modular plug to Temperature LCD on front panel and system fans(5) and lights (fan and front panel LED's) plus DVD rw and CD-rw . One modular to SATA Raptors. One modular to PCI-e card #1. One modular to PCI-e card # 2 via a cables unlimited adapter and EZ plug. This occupied all the plugs but wasn't stable.

While waiting for my RAM to be returned from RMA I rerouted the power thusly: One modular plug to PCI-e card 1 with supplied connector. One modular to PCI-e card 2 with additional connector ordered from Antec. One modular to front panel temp LED (very small LED on Aspire X-navigator case) and EZ-plug . One modular to 2 raptors, both optical drives and a floppy. (you should see that thing!!) And system fans on small fan only modular plug previously unused.

I won't fire it up until my RAM gets here day after tomorrow and Sander or some other knowledgeable person tells me that I'm not going to fry my Raptors by have them and the 2 optical drives on the same rail. I feel that the the HDD's and opticals rarely effort at the same time . If you see any problems or have a better solution with PSU please advise. Or Sander, do you suggest trying to return the 480 Neo and opt for the PC Power & cooling which is obviously the better solution. Sorry for the long post and thanks for the help this thread is fantastic..

P.S. Maybe we need another sticky for SLI PSU issues. LOL

Asus A8N-SLI w AMD64 3500+ Winnie
2 x 512mb OCZ EL Patinum Rev. 2 DDR400 PC3200 RAM
2 74gb Raptors in Nvidia RAID 0
2 x BFG 6800GT OC
Gigabyte 3D Rocket CPU cooler
PC Power and Cooling 510 SLI PSU
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Leo Lambert Feb 16, 2005, 05:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Are ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe BIOS to be used on the original ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard, because on the ASUS site i'm not seeing any BIOS revisions for the plain A8N-SLI.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 16, 2005, 06:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 10:31pm EST

 
>> Re: Configure your graphics card(s) and computer performance at the same time using this method.

Mark Donoghue Feb 16, 2005, 06:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok so far this machine has been stable except for one damn problem still....

IRQ NOT EQUAL OR LESS THAN - I can't figure this one out

here is my machine

AMD 64 3200+
A8N-SLI DX
2x 256MB CORSAIR TWIN X MEMORY
2x SEAGATE 80 GIG SATA DRIVES W/NCQ
ASUS EN6600GT PCI-X VIDEO CARD
LG GSA-4160B DVD BURNER
PANASONIC 40X CDRW
WINDOWS XP SP2


if someone know whats causing this then let me know so I can rid myself of this one

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 16, 2005, 06:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mark: what power supply?

Mark Donoghue Feb 16, 2005, 06:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
ENERMAX EG651P-V(E)

specs can be found here

http://www.rackmountnet.com/ps/enermax/eg651pve/eg651pve.htm

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 16, 2005, 07:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I saw Mark there;

Enermax 3 in 1 24 Pin (EG651P-VE) 36 Amps at 12V+ Single Rail Sticker showing Version 1.3

Mike

chris n Feb 16, 2005, 08:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
in regards to the ntune program is it any good in boosting performance if so i tried to load it but it came up with a warning saying my pci clock is monitoring the ht bus or along those lines ...

How do i get rid of this warning before i can boost performance..?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 16, 2005, 08:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 05:03pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Chris,

You can get rid of this message by going in your BIOS and setting your clock speed to MANUAL> and setting the PCI Clock Sychronization to 33.33 MHz or Auto and advancing your clock speed to 201 MHz or just close it everytime it comes up. When you don't choose the 33.33 MHz clock, you will still be able to boost performance after closing the message window. The difference will be in clock frequencies like 19 or 20 MHz, and different bus speeds. You can view your calculated system performance in the information section. Yes Ntune is the way to go, it's better than AI or NOS for tweaking and overclocking, just follow my guide to the letter. I have almost 500 Hrs of testing in SLI and well, my 3Dmark increase and awesome computer performance speaks for itself.

Mike

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 16, 2005, 08:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
scenario 1) 283 x 9 memory at 231 4816 futuremark 2005, a tad less than the 925XE scores in Sandra in memory and more in multimedia
scneario 2) 295 x 8 memory at 236 4781 futruemark 2005, a tad more than the 925XE scores in Sandra in memory and less in multimedia

I wish I could get my memory to the 250FSB mark.




Kris Newman Feb 16, 2005, 08:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>Ok so far this machine has been stable except for one damn problem still....

>IRQ NOT EQUAL OR LESS THAN - I can't figure this one out

Mark - from page 12 of this thread.

3. BSOD - IRQ NOT LESS OR EQUAL
This was a frustrating one. AMD's and SP2 and NVidia drivers don't play well together. Change /noexecute=optin to /execute=optin in your boot settings.


Asus A8n-SLi-Premium (1005 Bios)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4400 / Zalman 7000B-CU
2x512MB OCZ Platinum Rev 2
2 x BFG 7800GTX
Seasonic S12 600 PSU
CoolerMaster Centurion
Samsung Syncmaster 930B
One damn nice Logitech headset
Mark Donoghue Feb 16, 2005, 08:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok guys follow Mike's guide trust me it works...

at the initial run of 3dmark05 I had a score of 3300 not very good in my books if you ask me so I started following Mikes guide and have no been play for 2 nights and have almost got my system up to 4000 points.... Not really sure yet how how I am going to be able to go but I am about to make a 6th test run...

Right now my settings are as follows

HT LINK - 1080.250
Memory Bus - 432.095
PCI Express - 2773.000
PCI - 20.000
CPU Multiplier 10.00
CPU Speed - 2160.475

GPU Settings

Core Bus - 550 MHZ
Memory Bus - 1190

Mark Donoghue Feb 16, 2005, 08:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
This is to anyone that is not runnning the on-board sound I was getting conflicts between other devices and my sound card hence the wonderful error I was getting... ok so I move the card to the top PCI slot and taadaa no more sharing... great news... just thought I would pass that along..

Mark Donoghue Feb 16, 2005, 09:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok now that I am trying to play enenmy territory and use team speak my computer will constantly blue screen with the IRQ NOT EQUAL OR LESS THAN error. After this happens the computer shuts down and reboots. Upon rebooting the machine will post fine and it then takes a couple of moments to power up the hard drives and recognize the array. I am getting to my wits end again with this... its freaking annoying...

I have done the /execute=optin thing and its not fixed this problem...

Below is the shared/conflicting hardware listed in System information. Is it possible something in here is causing the problems?


I/O Port 0x00000000-0x00000CF7 PCI bus
I/O Port 0x00000000-0x00000CF7 Direct memory access controller

I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF nForce4 PCI-Express Root Port
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

IRQ 22 Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
IRQ 22 NVIDIA Network Bus Enumerator

Memory Address 0xC0000000-0xCFFFFFFF nForce4 PCI-Express Root Port
Memory Address 0xC0000000-0xCFFFFFFF NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF PCI bus
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF nForce4 PCI-Express Root Port
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB nForce4 PCI-Express Root Port
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

Please see below for my boot.ini to show that I have changed the setting also here.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /execute=optin /fastdetect

chris n Feb 16, 2005, 10:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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thanks for the reply, in my bios settings ive already configured it to the bios on the front page. could you write out what your settings look like??

i've got an amd 3500+ ust in case you need the info

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 16, 2005, 10:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Mark!

I would remove any additional PCI cards (not video) in your slots one at a time to find the problem device. Even go as far as removing any external devices you may have and trying others, then you can take it from there.
I really don't know what you have in the way of cards and devices and can't begin to help until you isolate the problem device.

Mike

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 16, 2005, 10:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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thanks for the reply, in my bios settings ive already configured it to the bios on the front page. could you write out what your settings look like??

i've got an amd 3500+ ust in case you need the info


Chris,

The BIOS settings are very good on the main page my settings will be very close with just a few changes to make things work for you in my post. I will update my BIOS settings in my previous post by tomorrow.

Mike

Fitter Feb 16, 2005, 10:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
my experience with the a8n-sli

a8n with amd 64-4000
2x1gig corsair ddr400
2xevga 6800 ultras
sb audigy 2zs
enermax nosietaker 600 watt-only one pci-e connector
2x74gig raptors on nvidia sata-no raid (ncq enabled)
1 160gig seagate sata, also on nvidia raid
lg dvd rom
sony dvd-r-dl
dvi to epson 57" lcd rptv

after all hardware installed, tried to install xp-no. Erractic drive recognition, and would lose keyboard at start of win xp install. Installed bios 1003 final, all drives recognized, and keyboard stuck around for install. updated xp first to sp 1 only(sp2 still scares me), installed new 6.39 chipset drivers, couldnt reboot, had to disable sli in bios first, reboot, then uninstall 6.39. Installed latest chipset drivers from asus site (6.31), booted up fine, enabled sli, installed video drivers (71.25). System was very unstable. Unistalled 71.25 properly, and installed 67.66, everything worked good. bad shimmering in 3dmark 03, and 05, but other than that, everything seemed good. Played around with the new games, ran great and stable. Feeling daring, i thought id try to re-install the 6.39 chipset drivers back.(i un-installed video drivers first) Bsod at reboot. Disabled sli in bios again, rebooted fine. Installed 67.66 again, reenabled sli in bios, booted up fine, then enabled sli in driver control panel, rebooted again, everything was honey. This config has run great now for 5 days with little problems( temp sensor in nvidia driver panel is backwards, ambient and gpu temps, and wmp is hit and miss sometimes), other than that, system is stable and fast, Still shimmering in 3dmark 03, and 05, but nice scores.
03-22,355
05-10,439
i think alot of my problems were from enabling sli too early in the set up stage. Should of installed os, drivers, and all that jazz, then enabled sli.IMO.
overall pretty happy with this setup.

Robert Cooley Feb 17, 2005, 03:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Max Memory
Asus's web site states this board can support up to 4gb RAM.

But the Memory QVL page (http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket939/a8nsli-d/qvl.htm) only contains two entries for 1024MB modules. Neither of these modules is supported for use in all four sockets at the same time.

How exactly can you put 4 Gigs of memory in this board? I currently have 2 gigs in my athlon 3200, and it is not enough. I am working with GIS data and the data sets are huge.

Thanks in advance.

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 17, 2005, 08:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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If you need to crunch GIS data I think the A8N-SLI is a bad choice for a board.

There are many boards that cannot take their max ram without severe compromises. I think ECC memory would allow it to work, but I don't know if compatible ECC is out.

Got to 400/1100 speeds with my BFG 6800GT OC, that is baseline Ultra....I got to 425/1105 for a few runs but then some artifacts in 3DMark04, oddly it would freeze in 3DMark03 so I backed off the timing.

Not so happy with my CPU/Memory combo though....I can get the chip to 283 x 9 but I can't get the OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2 to get to it's sweet spot due to having to rely on using DD333 auto settings in the BIOS as the fastest FSB that works (231FSB), but auto timings are 2-3-3-5 which isn't bad, but 2-2-2-5 should be possible...I got to 295 x 8 and the same DDR333 setting should have giving me a better 245FSB, but instead it clocked my RAM at 236FSB (more like a 3.5/4.5 divider instead of the 5/6).

Any ideas? I forgot my benchmarks at home, but 3dmark04 was 5066, and 3dmark03 was around 12600 and 3dmark02SE was around 24500....

Are these decent scores for a 3200+ at 3750?


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