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Jimmy Jenkins Jun 06, 2005, 10:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Specs:

ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
eVGA 256-P2-N369 Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI-Express x16 Video Card
Antec TRUE480 ATX 480W Power Supply 115/230 V
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Winchester 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
crucial 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory

Although my mb is not deluxe edition, I hope someone can help me. This might get a little lenghty, I will try to make it shrt but please try to at least scim through it. Here goes..

I have had a new system for about 2 months. It started freezing randomly, and having slow periods, but just thought it might be a hiccup. The freezing became more frequent and sometimes when I restarted, the screen would go black and the pc just have long beeps.

I tried running memtest86, and through the first pass there were over 200 errors. I tried the sticks on an older pc ran memtest, no errors. Tried some old samsung pc2100 sticks on the new system and ran memtest, no errors. I tried calling Asus tech and they told me to call Crucial and check timings. I did, ran memtest again and still errors (with the Crucial sticks that i got for my system).

I called back and they told me to make sure my BIOS was updated. I found my BIOS was 1001, so after finally getting onto Asus downloads section I found that I could only download 1006, although there seems to be a 1008 version. I updated with Asus Update, set the BIOS configuration per this FAQ (I hope this isnt a problem since this faq is for deluxe and mine is not), and then ran memtest.

There were no errors up until the 4th pass, which is an improvement over 200+ errors on first pass. But 1 error is 1 error too many, so I hear. What should my next step be? I need lots of advice and input if anyone has the time and knowledge to help me. Thanks for reading this and thanks for your help.

If this is confusing please say so and I will try to clarify. Thanks

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Iain Brogan Jun 07, 2005, 10:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe BSOD

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Iain-
Have you tried running things without the Maxtor drive? Maxtor and BSOD pops up on forums all over the internet. Just do a search. A twitchy drive will cause all kinds of problems that are seemingly unrelated to the HDD itself. Personally, as cheap as HDDs are nowadays, I'd yank that puppy and reconfigure as needed. I know folks will argue w/ me on this but that is where I would be headed if I were you.

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
Iain Brogan Jun 07, 2005, 12:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi Merc,

Yeah, should have made it clearer, I installed Win XP on the Seagate 70GB on SATA1 (with only this drive in place) then added the other two drives later. However, I now have the Maxtor and the Seagate 120GB unplugged and it still BSODs...

The only issues I had with the Maxtor drive was the disappearing drive phneomenon at boot-up, which was fixed when I flashed the Bios to v1.007. I think this is a known issue with pre 1.007 Bios and Maxtor drives, isn't it?

Cheers,

Iain

Dave Kelsen Jun 07, 2005, 12:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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A8N-SLi Deluxe
Athlon64 3500 Rev E (Venice 90nm)
Thermaltake A1838 CPU cooler
1 GB (2x512) OCZ4001024V3DC-K PC-3200 Dual Channel Kit
2 WD ATA-100 Hard drives (380GB total)
ATI AIW X600 Pro 256MB video card
Enermax EG565P-FMA REV.2.0 ATX 2.0 w/SLI Support 535W power supply
Dragon Ultra mid-ATX tower
2 intake fans, 1 exhaust fan (all 80mm)
21" KDS CRT

No RAID enabled
No onboard LAN enabled (SMC Wireless lan in PCI slot 3)
No SLI enable
no S-ATA drives
NVidea Firewall disabled

Purchased MB, CPU, power supply, video card & RAM from Monarch Computer on 5 May 2005;
Monarch does a setup and burn-in & load of the latest BIOS, eliminating the question of the motherboard being bad (at shipping time, anyway).
Installed XPSP2 slipstreamed.
Updated BIOS to 1008 (from 1007).

NTune sets this machine to 15% overclock (FSB 230MHz, CPU freq 2530MHz); I run Far Cry
with no problems whatsoever. Asus Probe indicates my MB temp as 31 C, and my CPU temp as
32 C. Under heavy load (CPUBurn 2003, Prime95) My CPU temp will get to 42 C max.
Obviously from my cheap RAM and videocard specs, I'm not a heavy gamer, and there are a
number of capabilities I have not tested, but I have had only a single problem or glitch
with this setup, and I generally leave it running 24/7.

The problem, of course, was my chipset fan. After two weeks, it began to moan and run at
erratic speeds. I called Asus, they sent me another, I installed it, and (so far) have
had no problems. It runs at 4800-5200 RPM, so I'm hoping that it will last somewhat
longer than the previous fan.

After I was up and running, I found this forum. I have read it all. When I started
reading it, it had 118 pages, I think. When I finished, it had 155.

No problems; I just wanted to report a success story. Like many here, I bought Asus
because I've had personal success building machines with Asus boards (CUSL2, A7N8X, etc.)
Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be very little information about the A8N-SLi
Premium anywhere, including Asus' site?

Anyway, a good resource here and a remarkable bunch of information. Mike T, great job of
help for those of us who have needed it. Merc, you've picked up the ball admirably.

Thanks.

Dave Kelsen

Kevin Estes Jun 07, 2005, 06:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Easy fix for crappy chipset fan.
Just thought I'd post this again as people are still asking about the noisy fan and how to easily replace it. Please see my post on page 147 for a quiet, easy, and cooler than stock fix.

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
Merc Jun 07, 2005, 07:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Kevin. Do you have to remove the mobo for this or does it just screw right in to where the housing was?

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
Dave S. Jun 07, 2005, 07:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok I have been reading the boards for a while now and I have a question. I have pretty much all the pieces to for my new build along A8N-SLI Deluxe MoBo. Now my question is...

I want to get the Venice core for the processor, (limited budget) but I'm not sure if the current bios will support it. If not how do I get around that?

This id my first bulid from the gground up. I'm not a novice but any and all help would be great as I'm planning on buying the CPU this week.

Thanks.

Dave

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Edited: Jun 07, 2005, 08:42pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Iain Brogan

Hi!

>Type smartgart in the run command box.
>In the advanced SMARTGART>turn AGP write and read off and click ok.

Let me know if it stops the BSOD's

PS - We need to start with this, but I'm leading towards a fix for you.

Mike :)
3DMARK 05 ORB 11389
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=826087 31st Place
http://pcchill.com/Home_of_the_SUB_ZERO/

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Edited: Jun 07, 2005, 09:03pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Dave Kelsen

Thanks for your post, very admirable move on your part.

I noticed your chipset fan speed, mine, and others, usually sit at 8,000 rpm or so. I know you probably know this but I just wanted to mention this to you anyway, just in case.

Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be very little information about the A8N-SLi
Premium anywhere, including Asus' site?
>I was in the market for a new board myself lately, and I did consider the premium board but went DFI instead. I too noticed that there was very little info as well.

Mike :)
3DMARK 05 ORB 11389 (31st Place)
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=826087
http://pcchill.com/Home_of_the_SUB_ZERO/


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Dave S:

>> want to get the Venice core for the processor, (limited budget) but I'm not sure if the current bios will >> support it. If not how do I get around that?

Although not for everyone, one way is to order it from Monarch Computer; it's at a good price, and will come with 1008, since that's the current release.

It's a good question, though. Upon double-checking, I find that my machine came (with a Venice-core processor) with BIOS 1006, and ran fine. I upgraded it to 1007 on the 10th of May, about 3 days after I got it. This means that any of the last three final bioses (1006, 1007, 1008) will work with Venice, although I recall reading somewhere (Asus' site, maybe) that Venice only worked as of 1007.

Everything I can check with (CPU-Z, Sandra, Everest) tells me my processor has a Venice core, and that I am running BIOS 1007. The floppy I used to update has 1006 and 1007 on it. This means unequivocally that on this MB, Venice-core Athlons work with BIOS 1006. I say go for it!

RFT!!!
Dave Kelsen

Simon Voigt Jun 08, 2005, 03:18am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm still waiting on parts but,
Has anyone had success installing the win xp 64 bit oem verision?
Do 32 bit drivers work ok on 64 bit?
Should I install 32 bit xp professional and then install 64 bit as a dual boot?

Iain Brogan Jun 08, 2005, 03:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for replying, I really appreciate it. I'm getting desperate with this board! :lol:

>Type smartgart in the run command box.
>In the advanced SMARTGART>turn AGP write and read off and click ok.

I did as you asked but Windows couldn't find Smartgart. Also Smartgart isn't an option under my display properties settings. Is that for AGP only?

Just to let you know, I have the ATI Catalyst 5.5 Control Centre installed (I have MS .NET Framework v1.1 installed with .NET Framework 1.1 SP 1 and the Windows update intalled to enable ATCCC to run) not the ATI Catalyst Control Panel. Also I have disabled the ATCCC in startup and disbled the ATI Hotkey Poller and ATI Smart disabled in the Windows Services (Run>services.msc). So basically I ran ATCCC to set all my graphics settings then have disabled it so it doens't sit resisdent in memory hogging resources when I don't need it (I don't change my graphics settings after setting them).

If it would help troubleshooting, I can format my HDD and start with a simple install of WIndows XP Professional SP2 (from my slipstreamed CD), and whatever drivers and hardware you suggest would enable easy diagnosis of this problem. I was thinking:

Format C:\ with NTFS
Install Win XP Prof SP2
Install NVIDIA chipset drivers v6.53
Install Catalyst 5.5 (ATCCC or control panel?)
Install SB Audigy drivers
Troubleshoot!

Alternatively I can email you a complete description of what I've done with this (the 15th) build of my PC - I've kept very detailed notes! Let me know what you want me to do.

Cheers and thanks again for your help,

Iain

Heng Lim Jun 08, 2005, 10:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

I have read through about 50 pages of this thread but have not exactly found what I was looking for. I have read similar problems but not quite the exact information was given and such. So here is my version for the expert to advice please.

Specification:
- 1x Asus A8N-SLI Motherboard (normal edition)
- 1x AMD athlon 64 3000+
- 1x Expert Vision GT6600 (SLI compatible) But I am only using single GPU
- 2x TwinX Dual Channel 512MB (2-2-2-5)
- 1x 500Watts JSP BlueFire with 20-pin ATX connector
- 1x rear LED case fan, 1x front LED case fan
- 1x Sony CD ROM drive 52x
- 1x 1.44mb Floppy Drive

Problem:
My system works fine on ordinary tasks. My WinXP Pro installs perfectly and upgraded to SP2. Some times though, IE hangs forcing me to manually restart the system. Although this is very rare, and so is not much of a concern. However, my main problem is when I run intensive games. Sometimes the monitor stops receiving signals and goes into standby mode, which cannot be awaken. Solution again, was to manually restart the system. This happens infrequently on older games, but almost instantaneously on newer games.

Side notes:
Now this is a fairly new system that I got like a month ago. I encountered these problems since then but I let it go cuz I thought I could live with it, but now its just annoying because I can't enjoy my games on a system built for playing them!

My main concern to this problem is the 20-pin power supply. When I build this new system I never realised they introduced a ATX12V2.0 and I just simply buy any typical power supply. However as I did some research, many people have their system running on just the 20-pin fine and so does mine until it runs a very intensive game.... And by the looks of it the 20pin-24pin converter will not help since I read many times that the 4 extra pins will just be idling and not supplying any currents.

Has anybody had the same or similar problem that they could shed some light on? Or an expert with some advice? Should I even trust the things I read up till now? That is, perhaps the 20-24 converter may help my situation, or even a new power supply. But is the power supply even the source of the problem by the sound of it? My system doesn't require that much power after all...

Merc Jun 08, 2005, 10:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Heng-
Bare w/ me through a couple questions:
1. What settings do you have on what games? If the settings are too high then you will see the behavior you are describing. As an example, Halflife 2 at 1600x1200 w/ 4xAA and all other eye candy maxed out, probably will not run correctly on your setup (unless you are an expert tweaker). Add another 6600 and it may. Regardless, try setting everything to low then build up till you see stuttering.
2. I am pretty sure that the 20 pin to 24 pin adapter just makes sure that you have the correct 20 PSU plug holes lined up with the correct 24 pins. I may be wrong and maybe someone using an adapter can chime in. If it was me I'd be using the adapter just knowing how finicky the newer mobos are regarding power. Can you run Asus probe and record your voltages while freezing the system?
3. Got everything securely plugged in and no spyware or viruses right?

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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Edited: Jun 08, 2005, 11:23am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Iain Brogan

I apologize about the wrong test with software I thought you had.

I will get back to you a little later today, and best you setup as a contact in MSN as this can take a little while.
mikethellend@hotmail.com.

We will post the results here after the fix.

Format C:\ with NTFS
>no need
Install Win XP Prof SP2
>good plan!
Install NVIDIA chipset drivers v6.53
>wont hurt either
Install Catalyst 5.5 (ATCCC or control panel?)
>ATI control panel not ATCCC
Install SB Audigy drivers
>Sure
Troubleshoot!
>We will definitely do that later today in MSN if that's ok with you.

Mike :)

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Edited: Jun 08, 2005, 11:12am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi Merc,

Thanks for reply. The only thing thats close to not securely plugged in is the ATX connector really. But my system runs, so it has to be correctly plugged in.

Ok I play counter strike, no problem at all. I played the sims 2, I start a new game, monitor goes on standby and i have to restart my system bearing through the Disk Checking process. The games are run on default. It runs on my laptop fine... and my laptop has an integrated graphic card, although it is very laggy, atleast it doesnt pop the monitor.

I'm not sure what you want me to do with PC probe. When it freezes? My computer doesn't freeze, the monitor merely goes into a standby mode.I will attempt to use PC probe now and place any result I find.

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Hey all!

Thanks a lot for all the advice and help. The suggestions of checking the connections was half right... the connections were set up wrong, but the comp still wouldn't start up once they were fixed. I switched out the power supply with an IDENTACLE one and eurica! it works! I heard these things were PSU sensitive, but wow... anyway, the 'bad' supply was off by about half and amp (i'm and engineering student, so i had it tested) and that, i guess was all it took. Thanks again for all the advice.. I'm sure it won't be my last build, so i'll keep these things in mind.

Iain Brogan Jun 08, 2005, 11:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OK, Mike, no problem at all.

I should be home from work in a couple of hours and be able to set up MSN (assuming the PC doesn't crash! :D). Hehe, I've got a spare so I'll use that.

I'll also email you my build notes to see if anything jumps out as being the culprit!

Cheers,

Iain

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See I was right they were dumb questions. LOL. I thought your PC was freezing. The games you mentioned should be screaming on your system and probably are but the monitor and 6600GT aren't speaking. What kind of monitor do you have?

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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