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Sander Sassen Feb 17, 2005, 08:35am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert,

As the previous post also mentioned I'd not use this motherboard for calculating GIS data, I'd use something tried and tested, there's too many lose ends with this motherboard to make it a reliable solution.

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Dragon Loofa Feb 17, 2005, 08:58am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Great SLI FAQ even for Gigabyte owners!

Screen Shaking issue:

I have a Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI with 2 6800GTs connected to an HP L2335 23" TFT capable of 1920x1200. I get the shimmering problem in both Counterstrike source and 3D Mark.. Not tried much else yet. I'vve tried drivers 66.93 & 71.81 with no change. If I run in a window say 1600x900 its rock steady. A few people seem to have this problem and all seem to think it relates to a vertical sync issue with the two cards. I would agree with this - I get a 1 pixelish yellow line at the top of the screen in CS which flickers on and off vewry rapidly suggesting that the screens are about by 1px. The overall net effect is a wave or shimmer. In fact for whatever reasons 1600x900 full screen gives me a double image seperated vertically by 200-300px VERY flickery!

Does anyone know if there's a current driver that fixes this problem or a setting or whatever? The problem is REALLY annoying!

I have heard some people say that DVI causes the issue. I'll try analogue & see if it makes a difference hopefully tonight.

By the way this board didn't recognise 300gb Maxtors and I've had drive recognition issues with Abit boards too! Its not just ASUS!

Robert Cooley Feb 17, 2005, 09:08am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The board has nice features. I do not need SLI, but the support for two video cards, each with dual output would be nice. I currently have 2 monitors, and love them. A third would be sweet.

The dual Opterons with the new Pro series chips might suit the bill, but they are not out yet. Even then, they may have issues. Seeing as how the previews of the SLI boards hit the web in Sept, we may see the Pro boards in 3-4 months in retail. Sigh.

Thing is I am almost happy with my current box, but have no SATA support. I need more drives. Also, I will be hiring an employee soon, and will need another box anyway.

So, what to do?

Anyway, thanks for the input.

PS: Who wants an unstable board? Even for gaming. Sounds like these were rushed to market a bit..

Sander Sassen Feb 17, 2005, 09:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert,

> Thing is I am almost happy with my current box, but have no SATA support. I need more drives. Also, I will be hiring an employee soon, and will need another box anyway.

Buy a Promise PCI Serial-ATA controller, and then add a few drives? As for another box, if it is for someone just doing office work a simple system, with cheap parts, would do the trick.

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steve morris Feb 17, 2005, 10:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Steve,

> The mobo arrived with bios revsion 1003 already installed.

Good news! When did you buy this motherboard? And could you give me the info on the sticker of the box, and also what revision of the motherboard this is. The revision number is silkscreened onto the motherboard right next to the model number.

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steve morris Feb 17, 2005, 10:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I bought the mobo this Tuesday (15-2-2005) from http://www.overclockers.co.uk

As for the rest of the info you wanted i'll get back to you soon

(the boxes are all up the attic at the moment).

Steve

steve morris Feb 17, 2005, 11:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ooops sorry Sander...........the BIOS is revision 1002, 26th November 2004.

But everything else still stands.

I'll be more alert from now on :-}

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 17, 2005, 11:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Steve: What are you using to indicate 'load' and at what voltage? only 4C between idle and load on a overclocked chip running a stock cooler is extraordinary!

Dutch60 Feb 17, 2005, 01:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Fitter,

Thanks for sharing you system setup and experience with it, as your system sounds almost the same as mine not all hope is lost for getting it to run (on the comming Saturday 19 Feb. 2005).

Yours:
A8N with amd 64-4000
2x 1gig corsair ddr400
2x evga 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

Mine:
Antec P160 Aluminium Casing
Enermax 600 Watt SLI power supply EG701AX-VE(W)SFMA (is the same as Enermax Nosietaker 600)
ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe + AMD FX-55
2x 1GB Corsair TWINX 3200 CL2 (is in QVL, total 2GB memory)
2x ASUS Extreme N6800 Ultra PCIe
2x 400GB S-ATA HD in RAID-0
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS
Plextor DVD-ROM + Plextor DualLayer DVD+/-RW

David Minnitti Feb 17, 2005, 02:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
anyone having the irql less or equal crash ? my computer will run for about 30 minutues then i get this problem. anyone know a solution ?

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 17, 2005, 03:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 06:27pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
The IRQL errors were mentioned in this thread.

However without system specs no one can help you.

Rory Witham Feb 17, 2005, 05:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Whom ever is setting up the SATA RAID on ths boar may take a worth while note that its backwards..
the RED Nvidia RAID and the Black being the Sil3114 silicon image chip.

There are two load up screen prompts, F6 _Nvidia and F10 S.I.
You will see that the Nvidia will not see the drives if they are in the black SI slots, but they will also be disabled if you disable the NV one.

When you want to load the drivers for the XP install with the SI chip set sata controller USE the NVidia ones, as the SI dont works as there is some sort of mix up...

Set up as SI install and NV.. dont make sence but it works.

there found on the CD under Drivers>chipset>WinXP_2K>driver_disk

Incert a blank floppy and rn the programme, then just install as normal.

I believe this works with both red and black connectors, but Im unsure if the SIL3114 drivers that are at the start of the CD will run in the red slots or both ..

But there you go.. I always sem to have to install the wrong drivers to get sata working.


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Russ Spry Feb 17, 2005, 05:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 06:00pm EST

 
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I have finally got around to raiding my system and although it is still running very well it does have a problem. When I installed XP Pro it saw the Nvidia raid 0 as a removeable device. Therefore when shutting off the computer it will only go to the final screen and shuts down but does not turn off the computer. I am wondering if I can change this without doing a new install. Any idea's?

PS: I have already done a repair install and that didn't work.

Leo Lambert Feb 17, 2005, 07:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I posted this befpre but i think everyone missed it.

BIOS question for ASUS A8N-SLI, can you use the Deluxe A8N BIOS on the plain A8N-SLI motherboard, because on the ASUS website 1001 is the only official release for the plain A8N-SLI and a lot people seem to be using 1003.

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 17, 2005, 08:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 08:29pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I don't know for sure, but really doubt it...there are major differences between the two esp regarding 1 whole sata subsystem and 1 whole network system is missing.

Greg Giles Feb 17, 2005, 09:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello all, I finally got my system up and running. It is doing perfect now except for screen flickers in some games like others are having :( Anyone know how to get this fixed? Also can someone help me to overclock my system a bit? I tried it but it froze up and wouldnt boot up. I dont know what im doing so could someone with a similar system tell me what they did to get it overclocked a bit? My system is

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD 64 3500+
2x eVGA Geforce 6800 GT PCI-Express
1GB Kingston Hyperx PC3200 DDR400
200GB WD SATA HD
PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI

I have all the drivers listed on the FAQ and did everything like it said there. Now I want to fix the screen shaking and try to overclock it some so I can possibly reach the 10k points in 3dmark05. Currently I am getting 8507 I think it was. If anyone could help I would really appreciate it. Thanks guys

Rory Witham Feb 17, 2005, 09:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 09:40pm EST

 
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Rory Witham Feb 17, 2005, 09:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Q The mobo offers support fro DDR600, I have some Crucial balistix's PC4000 (ddr500) each time i set the DDR to 500 is refuse's to boot with that setting... anyone have the same ram or any one able to run these speeds?


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Greg Giles Feb 17, 2005, 10:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Rory, Thanks for posting. One prob though. I only understand half of what you said. Anyway you can put it in lamens terms for me? I know enough about computers to get me by but thats about it. Thanks man


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