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J P Jun 19, 2005, 05:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks a lot Mike but I don't really get what you're saying with the power cable (I'm new at this). Do you want me to take the wire apart somehow? And how do I put something in for the orange speaker cable?

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Afrow UK Jun 19, 2005, 06:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello there!
I've got a problem and 2 questions.

Problem:
I'm using a Maxtor DM10 SATA 200GB HDD and sometimes after running the system for a while and then rebooting, Windows fails to start. If I leave the PC off for a while, I can start it up normally again.
Now, this sounds like it could be something overheating. However, temperatures across the board (and HDD) are always between 20oC and 50oC (using SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php, HDD is 29oC). The first time this happened, one of the ATI driver files was corrupt so I attempted to format and reinstall Windows off the CD. However, it would stop at 7% on full format (20% on quick) and then come up with an error saying the disk was faulty. Therefore ever since I have suspected the disk as being faulty, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

Note: I haven't updated the BIOS.

Question #1:
Is it safe to update the BIOS with the utility provided by ASUS? Can it easily go wrong and if it does can it be repaired? I don't want to flash my BIOS and leave a faulty motherboard behind! I am cautious because it's a lot of money being messed with!

Question #2:
This is probably not correct, but I heard of someone using ATi Crossfire on the A8N-SLI motherboard. Is this possible (or rather, will it be?) I already have an Asus ATi EAX850XT PE.

-Stu

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Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
Ron Reicher Jun 19, 2005, 07:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Stuart Welch,

There is a known problem between MAXTOR and nForce4. I used to have that combination of hardware and had those problems all the time.

After I change my brand new DM9, DM10 and MaxLine II to Seagate Ive never had those problems anymore.
Now my primary HD is a Western Digital Raptor and I also have 2 Seagate 300.8 Hd's. No problems at all!

Is your HD connected to the Silicon or the Nvidia Controller?

Ron

Mike S Jun 19, 2005, 07:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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JP

Yes, you have to take the 2 pin connector apart. No big deal. Use a straight pin to carefully lift the small tab on the connector and pull the wire out.

I did not use the orange speaker connectors. I think they are for a case speaker if you have one. The P160 does not have a speaker.

ryansebiz Jun 19, 2005, 07:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 01, 2005, 12:42pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Just got this motherboard and followed the instructions at the beginning of the FAQ. I'm just having two problems.

The first problem is with the lan ports. I read on another forum that the marvell port is much faster than the nvidia one. So when I set up my computer I used the marvell port and disabled the nvidia. After reading this faq I went into the bios and disabled the marvell, enabled the nvidia and switched my ethernet cable accordingly. However when I rebooted and launched Windows I couldn't get online. Network connections said my only connection was a 1394 connection with a status of active. My gmail notifier couldn't work and suggested I change my DNS mode. So my first question is:

1. What do I need to change to switch from the marvell lan port to the nvidia one?

my second problem is a doozy. it has to do with gaming. i downloaded all the latest drivers for everything (after installing sp2, of course). whenever i play a game i notice several square blocks of pixels of the same color whenever i'm playing such as halo, riddick, etc. and when i run 3dmark03. for example, on blood gulch in halo all the pixels blocks would be blue. in the opening level of riddick and the battle of proxycon all the blocks are black.

oddly, this does not occur in half life 2 or ut2004 but does occur in far cry occasionally. sometimes it does not happen at all. it always occurs in riddick.

i went into video settings and turned everything WAY down - still didn't help - pixelated strips were still there. otherwise, everything is fine when i'm not gaming.

do you think my [L=thermaltake 480w psu]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153008[/L] could be the problem? it only has the 20 pin atx connector, while my asus a8n-sli deluxe motherboard has the 24 pin atx connector. i did purchase the 20 pin - 24 pin adaptor cable but i've heard different opinions on that (even that it may hurt system performance). the specs on my psu are:

Dual +12V: No
Efficiency: > 65%
Fans: 2
Hold-up Time: 16ms min.
Input Current: 8A
Input Frequency Range: 47 - 63Hz
Input Voltage: 100 - 240V
Over Voltage Protection: YES
PFC: No
Power Good Signal: 100-500ms

could the problem be my power supply? could these artifacts be the result of a heavy power load on my system? or do you think my video card is the problem? why else would these pixealated lines appear in my games?

i just bought the video card, so i can rma it. the psu is from a previous build but i'm more than happy to buy a new one if you think it will help. any recommendations are more than welcome.

so my second question is:

2. what do you think is the cause of these pixealated strips that appear in games?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Jun 19, 2005, 09:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 13, 2005, 08:56am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I know I promised some people I would help them this evening, but, it's christmas for me today. Just kidding. I'm trying to get my tower up and running. Tomorrow will be a better day.

http://pcchill.com/Home_of_the_SUB_ZERO/Dry_Run_Prometeia_Mach...wer_2.html

Mike :)



Merc Jun 19, 2005, 09:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
RyanBurnett-
Riddick, although a great game, is incredibly buggy and has never been patched. You didn't give any info on your system but I'll tell you that on the best of rigs, Riddick runs poorly and in SLI, well, Riddick doesn't run at all. WIthout any,more info on your system I can't say any more than that.

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
J P Jun 19, 2005, 09:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This latest setback is frustrating and a little scary actually. When I plug my system in, the motherboard light comes on for a few secs like it's supposed to (so I'm pretty sure my mobo isn't dead thankfully). But the display comes on for like a second- it flashes the leds- and then dies. This happens 1x, then if I push the power button again nothing happens. I can only get another second of life if I flip the power off on the supply, then start it again. I'm not going to touch it for now just in case I'm frying something; does anybody know what's going on/ have a similar experience?

As a side question, my cd drive didn't come with an audio cable. Does that just mean it doesn't need it, or do I need to buy one?

Merc Jun 19, 2005, 09:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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JP-
It sounds like your PSU id dying. WHat kind is it and specs etc.

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
J P Jun 19, 2005, 10:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
OK here are the specs thanks:
antec truepower 550 psu
nvidia geforce 6800 ultra (not plugged in just in case)
1 mb ram (2 512 sticks)
athlon 3500+
antec p160 case
seagate HD, plextor optical drive
and of course an asus a8n sli deluxe mobo

I think there should be enough power for everything. So it's the psu that's dying? How can i tell? Also is there a quick way to check for fried components, or do I need to plug them into another computer to tell?

Mike S Jun 19, 2005, 10:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 19, 2005, 10:48pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
JP

Is the power supply a True Power 2 or a regular True Power? The True Power 2 comes with a 24 pin main connector. I don't know about the Regular True Power.

Do you have a 20 pin connector? If so you probably need a 20 to 24 pin convertor.

And do you have the 4 pin ATX connector plugged in?

Have you double checked all the connections. It is very easy to get the wires mixed up.

You should at least get the green light to come on and stay on and the fans to run. If that doesn't happen you have something hooked up wrong somewhere.

And yes you need an audio cable if you want to listen to music from your CD player.

J P Jun 19, 2005, 10:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks so much. It's a true power, not a true power 2. The green light comes on, but no fans. It does need a converter, I ordered one a couple of days ago but I had heard that it would work without it. I'll just wait until it comes. I'll get the audio cable too, but I couldn't find the cable type/ number. Can I get it online or do I need to call support?

Merc Jun 19, 2005, 10:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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JP-
I'm not sure what you mean "not plugged in" but if the 6800U is in the PCIe slot and doesn't have any power to it then that is your problem. The system senses it and tries to run it but there isn't adequate power. Plug it in and see what happens.

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
Afrow UK Jun 20, 2005, 06:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Ron Reicher,

I'm not sure which it is connected to. But there's 4 SATA sockets on there and it's plugged in the right bottom one (either SATA 1 or 3!)

-Stu

I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
sasi karan Jun 20, 2005, 07:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi....everyone,

Just curious about this. During the start up my memory listed as " DDR200 dual channel" does it sounds ok? i have two 512 corsair DDR400 sticks at A1 and B1.

also i have 3DMark of 4850. i have tested only once. interms of my system componenents, is that the maximum output i can get?. (the 3Dmark results are without any overclocking)

Cheers
AMD 64 3800 venice core
A8N SLI-Dlx
Sappire ATI X850XT-PE
Tagan 480 silent psu
2x512 corsair xms C2PT
coolermaster stacker case


Todd Noway Jun 20, 2005, 11:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I ran 3DMark05 for the 1st time over the weekend. I got just shy of 5000 completely stock.

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
Afrow UK Jun 20, 2005, 11:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Regarding the Maxtor hard drive problems with this board, I've discovered that it's caused when using the more recent nVidia IDE driver. I first installed the latest version from their website, and on the 2nd reboot the problem was occuring (Windows would hang on boot-up). I managed to get into Windows in Safe mode and there I uninstalled the latest nVidia IDE driver and then reinstalled their older version off the A8N-SLI nVidia driver disk. After that I have had no problems whatsoever, even after a good 15 reboots up to now.

However, if I find the problem is still occuring then I will simply uninstall the nVidia IDE driver altogether, and then the Windows one is used instead (and of course add another reply on here).

-Stu

I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
John Lovell Jun 20, 2005, 12:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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In regards to my problem on page 163 and what was posted in response:
"remove the Soundblaster and activate the onboard sound in BIOS and then try and load Windows."

I did this and was able to install xp and all the drivers ok. Once I got everything updated I started installing some games and have noticed that the machine will reboot for no reason. Sometimes it will hang on a reboot. I have also gotten some errors when installing programs such as being unable to register a .dll or another error that referred to "inpage" (I think thats what it was). All of this is leading me to believe it is the ram. I am getting ready to order Corsair TWIN X 1024-3200C2. Do you think this will help or have any other suggestions?

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice chipset
Corsair VS1GBKit400
Leadtek A6600 GT
WD Caviar 200 GB SATA HD
Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX PS
SB Audigy2 zs

Merc Jun 20, 2005, 01:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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John-
I'm glad that pulling the soundblaster worked. As far as loading the games, make sure that you have disabled virus scan, firewall and antispy programs before installing. Also, after you install each game, defrag the drive.

One way to test memory is memtest86. It is a free download that goes on a bootable floppy. You run the program from the floppy, prior to anything else loading, and it will give you a good idea regarding your RAMs soundness.

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
Afrow UK Jun 20, 2005, 01:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 20, 2005, 01:33pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
For those that need the older nVidia IDE driver which fixes the crashing on Windows start-up, I've attached it on the nVidia forums here:
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=2972&pid=3851...entry38510

-Stu

I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal

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