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J P Jun 22, 2005, 06:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
No the Ultra isn't plugged in at all- I didn't want to risk frying it, so I'll do the initial boot without it (I'll put it back in when I configure BIOS I guess). I suspect that it's a psu problem because the motherboard light goes on, but no fans, and it doesn't stay on for more than a second before it shuts down again.

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Wes Hetrick Jun 22, 2005, 08:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Seems the chipset fan failure I recently experienced is not an uncommon thing on the A8N. I just replaced mine with a standard 32mm pancake fan but I may try that RMA line. It p**sed me of when that thing died after only a few months. Otherwise the system has been great. Havent really done much gaming on it but damn it multitasks like no other machine I have used. Heh I thnk I am still on the 1004 bios and whatever drivers were current back in February when I built it :-(

A8N SLI Deluxe
Antec Neo Power 480 PSU
Antec P160 case <==The Bomb!
3000+ oc'ed a little just cause :-)
Thermaltake silent boost solid copper heatsink
1 MSI 6600GT tweaked some
1 gig PC3200 corsair value ram
Maxtor Diamond Max 10 SATA HD 200 gig
24x LG CD burner
8x LG DVD burner


david cole Jun 22, 2005, 10:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
JP,
We do not have much to work with since you do not have moniter connected to catch any error message or to see how far the boot process goes before failure (such as does the ASUS flash screen even appear). I really doubt that the power supply is at fault. New units are pretty reliable, and you certainly have enough power for what you are initially installing on this computer.

Things that quickly come to mind are:
a. Do you have the keyboard connected?
b. Is it a wireless keyboard or plug-in type? First startups should probably be with a plug-in style as the BIOS can handle that without additional software installed.
c. Same goes for wired mouse.
d. Is the ATX plug in place?
e. Again, are you absolutely sure all motherboard connections are proper?
f. Is the power supply unit set for the local power level (120V vs 240V)

Also, the BIOS may be set for shutdown an ALL errors. So if anything is in error, such as no keyboard or poor connection somewhere, the unit will shut down fast. As soon as you can get unit to see the BIOS, you should probably set the unit to shutdown an all errors except keyboard errors, or something even less demanding until you determine where you stand.


I would suggest:
Triple check ALL connections as to proper location and being snug.
Connect the video card and moniter and give it a go.

A8N-SLI Deluxe, FX-55, Win XP Pro - was main, being rebuilt after electrical storm
Sabertooth x58, i7-950, Win 7 Pro, ENGTX460CU TOP, 12GB GSkill, 12GB SSD, 1GB + 2GB HDD @ 6GB/s - main computer
P5Q-E, e8500, Vista 64 - secondary computer
Two P5Q Pro,
J P Jun 22, 2005, 10:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I got the system powered up and working, so ignore my previous question. I'm actually not sure what the problem was- I just kept redoing the connections and eventually it worked. I have one (hopefully final) question: BIOS does not recognize my optical drive, and I tried setting it to "slave" but that doesn't change anything- I tried all 3 positions. The dirve also won't open, so I don't know if it's even receiving power. I read that there's a problem with Maxtor drives, does this apply to NEC too? Or is there some painfully obvious thing that I'm missing? (I have all the cables in, so I don't know what this would be).

Marvin Man Jun 23, 2005, 01:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 23, 2005, 01:46am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Going back to my original problem...

I've installed the power supply and it still won't boot up. I am at my wit's end and I am either thinking about refunding the mobo or RMAing the video card. Before I try sending the mobo back, I want to try to RMA the video card. It's an MSI NX6600GT and nothing's changed since I've got the hardware software wise. I've still got no POST or video.

Merc Jun 23, 2005, 08:28am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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JP-
I think plugging the Ultra in was the secret. Like I said, it was in the PCIe slot so the system recognized it and tried to boot w/ it but with no power it failed immediately and shut your sytem down. As far as the optical drive, make sure that you have power to it (4 pin molex usually). Is it a SATA Optical drive?

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
Merc Jun 23, 2005, 08:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Marvin-
What PSU did you get? Regardless, bare with me while I step through some things and I don't mean to insult anyone just want to hit the obvious thiungs that we all miss now and again:
1. Make sure the switch on the back of the PSU is in the ON position, your surge protector is on and the socket you are plugging into is good (test it if you can with a cicuit tester that tests ground and current, cheap from radio shack and come in handy for other things. They plug right into the wall, $6 or so).
2. Make sure that the 24 pin power connector is securely plugged in, that the 4 pin power connector above the CPU is securely plugged in and that the 6600GT and all your drives have power connected to them too.
3. 6600GT should be in the top PCIe slot (one closest to the CPU)
4. After the above, do you have a green LED lighted on the bottom of the mobo? If so, hit the on switch and see if we can get to BIOS. If not, and you are certain that all of the above are good, then you probably have a bad mobo.

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
Matthew Petersen Jun 23, 2005, 08:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have an asus a8n-sli-deluxe motherboard, running an athlon 4000 cpu, 2 gig of cas2.5 cosair ram, 2 x 10k rpm raptor hard drives (sata and nv-Raid 0), 1 x 7200 rpn seagate drive (sata), a leadtek 6800 gt PCI-E video card, antec true power 550 watt p.supply and i am running the latest released bios from asus being 1011.

My problem is thus..

Being a software developer have legitament access to a number of OS's and recently thought I would try out the released windows XP professional 64 bit. This worked a treat and if it wasnt for the lack of device drivers available I would be still on it. When I now try to reload windows 32 bit professional, it gets to the very start where it says 'setup is inpecting your hardware' and then hangs. I dont get the option to press f5 or f6 or anything else. The machine is locked up and stays locked up at least for the hour I left it.

I have tried rolling back as far as bios version 1005, not using raided drives, reseting my bios to defaults, setting my bios settings to what is listed here, trying a standard PCI video card instead of of the PCI-e card, turning off acpi settings, repartitioning drives, rewriting MBR and reformatting .. but all to no avail. I am stuck on this damn 'windows is inspecting hardware" message. The first time I installed windows xp 32 bit (same hardware) I had no problems.. please help.

Matthew Petersen Jun 23, 2005, 09:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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oh yeah.. regarding my previous post.. I can install linux, win2000, win2003 or x64 without difficulties.. only win xp 32 pro hangs. It didnt do this when I last installed it.

Marvin Man Jun 23, 2005, 09:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 23, 2005, 10:17am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
<i>Marvin-
What PSU did you get? Regardless, bare with me while I step through some things and I don't mean to insult anyone just want to hit the obvious thiungs that we all miss now and again:
1. Make sure the switch on the back of the PSU is in the ON position, your surge protector is on and the socket you are plugging into is good (test it if you can with a cicuit tester that tests ground and current, cheap from radio shack and come in handy for other things. They plug right into the wall, $6 or so).
2. Make sure that the 24 pin power connector is securely plugged in, that the 4 pin power connector above the CPU is securely plugged in and that the 6600GT and all your drives have power connected to them too.
3. 6600GT should be in the top PCIe slot (one closest to the CPU)
4. After the above, do you have a green LED lighted on the bottom of the mobo? If so, hit the on switch and see if we can get to BIOS. If not, and you are certain that all of the above are good, then you probably have a bad mobo.</i>

An Enermax 535W dual +12v rail from NewEgg. It's in an earlier post, back in the early 180's.

I got all of those, but I am unsure if it is the motherboard or the video card. I think it may be the motherboard, because I tried a new monitor on the computer and there was still no POST, but there was a brief flicker of video before signaling that there was no screen. Any thoughts on this?

EDIT: I did an experiment and took out the video card. Computer won't POST.

Merc Jun 23, 2005, 10:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Marvin-
If you have checked everything listed and you have a new PSU hooked up corrrectly then it is time to RMA the mobo.

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
Merc Jun 23, 2005, 12:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Matthew P-
Have youtried pulling the battery and moving the jumper from pins 1/2 to pins 2/3 and back to clear CMOS and then installing XP. Also, make sure that your boot order is CDROM / Removable / Hard DRive w/ the XP disk in the drive and that you do a full install (ie erase any partitions) rather than a partial.

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
Andrew Dupont Jun 23, 2005, 03:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello folks!

Gotta start by saying this is a great thread and has helped me a lot, and I havent even gotten my parts in yet.

As it stands, I am waiting impatiently to receive my bag-o-tricks and assemble my AMD64 system. This is the first "new" computer I've ever bought so I am increasingly paranoid and nervous about the first hesitant moments after the power switch has been flipped.

So, to get started I have this page, which apparently has evolved over the past year quite a bit, but with many of the same problems sufacing. Here is the massive list of questions:

- Which bios should I flash onto it first? at the beginning it was 1006, is it 1008 now or are people still hesitant?
- Which drivers are the best for the video/sound/chipset? The newest off of the site? Will the sound work in XP-64 as I do not see a driver for that specifically?
- I have a 400 watt PSU that is a complete unknown until I get it. Unfortunately I had not read this forum before I ordered it, but the manufacturer assures me it can power my AMD64 3000, and two MSI 6600 GTs.

We shall see ey? Again, thanks in advance for your help. I will keep you posted on how it turns out!

Thanks,
Andy

Merc Jun 23, 2005, 09:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Welcome aboard Andy and don't let the problems listed scare you off. Remember, very few post that everything worked fine. Like the evening news, you very rarely hear about the good stuff. 95% never have a problem and are hammering away at MEC forces on their SLI rig.

1. I'd load 1008. Very stable and easy to confiigure. 1011 is the better overclocker BIOS as it has more control over RAM, FSB and CPU parameters.
2. Without knowing the specifiics of your system I'd say load the latest drivers you can get off the site.
3. 400watts should be enough as long as iit is a well made PSU with plenty of amps available.

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
Matthew Petersen Jun 23, 2005, 10:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc,

Yep, I tried clearing the bios out, but still am having the same problem.

DOH! Looks like its back to the dealer.

Andrew Dupont Jun 23, 2005, 10:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey Folks,

Got the box up and running. Tried to install xp-64, but it crashed before it even really got started. XP-32 installed fine, but I have had one crash after about 6 hours, no BSOD, just flat out system hang. I did not flash my bios yet, and it was durring the installation of the nforce drivers.

Breaking news around the clock,
Andy :D

Andrew Dupont Jun 23, 2005, 11:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey Folks,

One question, is it too late to flash my bios? It sorely needs it as it is v1001 :*( The restricting factor was my lack of a floppy drive or even a floppy disk :D I will find one now, as it is obviously necissary.

Thanks,
Andy

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Andrew-
No it isn't to late to flash your BIOS. In fact you'll be flashing it several times in the future I would guess. LOL. Like I said, I'd flash right to 1008 and get everything stabilized and running well. Then, if you want, you could flash to the latest version, 1011. I had stability issues with 1011 and went back to 1008, up to 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
Mike Spoon Jun 24, 2005, 11:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Hang Issue (Solved)
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
CPU AMD 64 |3500+ ATHLON 64 939
MSI Nvidia 6600GT
HD 74GB|WD 10,000RPM 8MB WD740GD
CETON DUAL 1GB(512MX2) DDR PC3200
SurePower 400 Watt BTX/ATX Snart Cable Power Supply
Windows XP SP2

I was having issues with my computer hangin in Guildwars every 10-15 minutes. I thought initially it was my video card overheating, but booted and tried to drive the card to overtemp while monitoring it in NVIDIAs monitoring program. Hottest I could get it while running Guildwars even using a hairdryer intermittantly was 82 deg C. Even at this temp the system did not crash. I continued to troubleshoot and found crashes far more repeatable when I had both Teamspeak and Guildwars resident. This lead me to believe it was some issue with either my onboard sound drivers, or my ethernet drivers. I wiped all chipset drivers and reinstalled the latest from Asus (don't have the version sorry but downloaded last night June 23, 2005). Problem still did not go away. I then decided to check some of the peripheries on the MOBO and download their drivers directly. I started with the ethernet driver (Marvell's Yukon driver). Here's the link to their webpage: http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverSearchResults.do

And the driver I downloaded and installed:
Driver Title Platform Type / Version Date Version
Yukon GigE Windows XP Windows XP 6/1/05 8.27.4.3

Once I did this I played Guildwars with Teamspeak running for 2.5 hours no issues whatsoever. Anyway hope it shortens somebody else's troubleshooting.





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