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Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 11:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello Again,

I know this is lame, but so is the ASUS site. Totally bogged down and hillariously unresponsive, plus it wants me to use IE, NO THANKS! Anyway, can I get a link to the 1008 flash files? I think I have the newest ones downloaded, but I don't think they are trustworthy enough to use. If it is on a previous post I missed you could indicate that.

Thanks so much,
Andy

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Michael Schievelbein Jun 24, 2005, 11:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Building a new system and have trouble booting.
I have finished purchasing my new system and I am putting it together to use as my new Windows 64bit machine. The components are listed in my signature below.

I have read through the entire FAQ, yes all of it, it took three days.
I am confused about the best level of the drivers and BIOS to load.
Here are the files I am using:

--Downloaded 1007 BIOS and BIOS flash tool and updated BIOS
--Configured the BIOS according to page 1 of the FAQ
----Disabled SI RAID for now, will enable after Windows is installed.
--Connected all devices
--Created NVIDIA RAID floppy (Version 6.53??, I think this is the problem, what version should I be using?)

Booted XP64 from CD.
Pressed F6 and used NVidia floppy to load RAID driver.
Completed installation of XP64
When I reboot from the HD with XP64, it continuously reboots at the logo.
When I boot in safe mode, it gets to acpitabl.dat and hangs.
From my research, it appears to be the NVidia driver......HELP

A second quick question is that while I have 4 Raptors, I am one drive bay short and would like to use a single 160GB SATA drive instead of the second pair or Raptors for the mirroring of my primary drives. Is there any way to mirror a RAID1 Striped pair of drives to a single drive?

THANKS for all the help and the great FAQ.
Michael

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My humble system - crurrently being assembled
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, BIOS 1006
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (loaner until my 4200+ Dual Core arrives next week)
Coolermaster Mini-Aquagate R120
COOLERMASTER Centurion 5 Case
ENERMAX 600w Power Supply - SFMA 2.0 - SLI (EG701AX-VE)
4 * 512MB OCZ Enhanced Ultra Low Latency Dual Channel Platinum DDR400 Memory
4 * WD Raptor 74GB SEAGATE SATA on NVidia Raid1+0
4 * Hitachi 400GB 8MB SATA on SI Raid5 (1.2TB)
2 * EVGA GeForce 6800GT 256MB PCI-E SLI
2 * Liteon 16x DVD Double Layer Drives
ATI HDTV TV Card
M$ Windows XP Pro 64Bit
LG Electronics L2320A LCD Monitor

Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 12:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello again,

I found a good link for the 1008 bios flash bin file:

http://www.techspot.com/drivers/driver/file/information/5139/

Hope this helps make it easier to find.

Thanks,
Andy

Merc Jun 24, 2005, 01:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 24, 2005, 01:51pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Cody Hoover-
1. Have you tried an earlier BIOS like 1008? That may help as a few of us have had problems with 1011.
2. What are your memory timings? Are you aware that the AMD 64 cannot access 4 DIMMS of dual sided RAM at DDR 400 speeds. Set your DRAM timing to auto, run CPUz (free download utility) and see what timings you have. They should be 333MHZ DDR (166MHZ per slot)and 2T timing. Mike (SLI Scientist) posted a ways back regarding the best timings for 4 DIMMS and the AMD 64. The alternative is 1 DIMM in each of the blue slots and 400DDR 1T timing.
3. There is a possibility that the O/C on these cards isn't stable in a a SLI setup but I am guessing here. Hopefully someone else in this thread is running these cards and can give some advice regarding the best timing, driver 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
Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 01:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello again,

I just installed hte 1008 bios from that link in the pervious post and now my display doesnt turn on at all! :*( !!!! What should I do!? Does it matter that I don't have the deluxe model? All of the fans turn on fine and there are no error beeps.

PLease respond asap,
Andy

Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 01:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello again,

So I moved the jumper as indicated further up in this FAQ. It turns on now at least, and says that the bios version is 1008, but it also says "checksum error, using defaults''. Is this bad? Did the bios flash not work correctly? I had to do it off of a cd i just burned as I cant for the life of me see how my disk drive in my old computer is held in there, but beleiv eme its in there good.. I tried connecting the drive via a cable to this computer and still housed in the original and now it doesnt work on either computer. But I managed to flash the bios from the CD and now I'm changing the settings. Is the checksum error after post important?

Thanks,
Andy

Afrow UK Jun 24, 2005, 02:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
You should have used the Asus Update utility which runs from your Windows desktop (and flashes it there and then). I've used it and had no problems installing 1008 whatsoever. The checksum error is normal. It just puts the default back on because it's been wiped when installing the new bios.

I'm still having problems with networking on this motherboard. I previously thought that this is just the nVidia network card at fault, but it seems that this isn't the case at all.
I posted on the nVidia forums... no replies at all yet!

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=5727

Please, if you know how to fix this, let me know (post here or there, whatever will do!) It's really starting to annoy me!

-Stu

I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 02:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello again,

Still getting some hangs, really annoying. I think the bios was installed correctly but I guess I will use the windows gui and try that.

Thanks,
Andy

Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 03:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Ok, Seriously.. Last post I'm doing today... SORRY!

Used the windoze gui web bios flasher with vers 1010. Everythign seems to be working perfectly now. I'm installing SP2 and the drivers that were reccomended as I just pulled down the newest ones and they seem to be less up to date. Initial test gave me an average 70 FPS in CS:S stress test, with maximum resolution, AA and AF. A big improvement over my last rig.

Thanks guys,
Andy

Merc Jun 24, 2005, 03:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Andrew-
What are your specs?

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 24, 2005, 04:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello again,

I guess I can make a liar out of myself to gloat over my meager system.

AMD-64 3000
you know the mobo
Corsair value ram 2x512=1024MB
XfX 6600 GT 128MB
80 GB IDE Western Digital Hard drive

I'm a poor grad student so this was the best I could do, but I am certainly very pleased so far.

One question.. I had some driver install problems, IE my computer crashed in the middle of one, and then it wouldnt install or uninstall.. I deleted files manually and the install went through alright, but now my ethernet doesnt work. A similar problem to a post I saw in here before, everything looks fine, the bios is set correctly, the hardware looks good in the device manager, but I simply can't see anything, ping anything, connect to anything. help?

Thanks,
Andy

Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 04:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Probably relevant that it was the nforce drivers listed on page 1

Andrew Dupont Jun 24, 2005, 05:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Aight, sc**w it.. I'm reformatting this janx. Now that I know what to do and what not to do, it will be a snap :D

Thanks anyway,
Andy

Afrow UK Jun 24, 2005, 05:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I must say in a lot of situations I've had to reformat and start again. But now after about 5 reformats, everything is working great. I'm never going to use the nVidia firewall and Network Access Manager because it simply brings more problems than it's worth. Stick with Windows Firewall if you must (just don't use NAM).

Network problems no longer occur with 1008 BIOS, and I'm no longer having boot up problems after completely uninstalling the nVidia IDE SW driver (however, the older version of it seems to work, but I'd rather be safe than sorry). I've still had one or two memory corruption errors resulting in BSOD and immediate reboot. However, I think that's just because I chose to get some cheaper non-ECC (Error Checking Code) memory.

-Stu

I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
Merc Jun 24, 2005, 06:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Stu-
I don't use the NV firewall either. My router has a built in hardware firewall and I have found that multiple firewalls leads to multiple problems for very, very little gain.

Andrew-
Make sure you do a full install ie. delete partitions and reinstall XP. Then load your internet required drivers only and update XP. After the reboot, load the rest of the Nvidia drivers. Reboot again and install your virus protection and firewall. Update these and you shopuld have a nice clean system to work with.

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
david cole Jun 25, 2005, 02:38am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Replacement Chipset Fan Mounting Concerns

Was surprised to get my replacement fan in mail today - credit to ASUS for prompt mailing! Can not mount til Monday, but have a quick question already. Did I receive the right fan?

The original fan mounts square aligned with the motherboard sides, with a mounting pin on upper right-side corner, and the another on lower left-side corner.

The replacement fan has two pins also, but the locations on fan sides are different. If I would align the pins with the mounting holes on the motherboard, the fan itself would set at an angle on the board (diamond like). Again assuming that the pins do meet the holes, parts of the metal fan body look like they will extend over and perhaps touch circuitry on the motherboard. Fan was supplied with a tape backing for thermal transfer.

So, if you have already done this replacement, a little assurance that I have correct fan would be reassuring, especially since once I pull original fan the computer would be down awaiting another shipment time.

Also, has anyone sucessfully replaced this fan from top without removing the motherboard? I would like to use this approach if possible.

Appreciate any info on this task/concern. Thanks - david

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,
Matthew Petersen Jun 25, 2005, 02:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Regarding my problem of windows xp install hanging at the "setup is inspecting your hardware" point. I have resolved the issue and am now email from xp 32 bit. yay!! It's always the simplest things.. the problem was my logitech dinovo usb keyboard. Windows hung at the start of the install when this was plugged in. I plugged in a regular ps2 keyboard and away she went. After the install I was able to run the dinovo again. So there you go!

I do just happen to have another issue though.. im running 2 x 74 gig sata raptor hdd's in a nv-raid 0 config and also have a 7200 rpm, 250 gig sata drive also. I have windows loaded on the raided drives and it boots up fine if the 250 gig drive is disconnected or i press f8 and select the boot drive. If i let the machine power up by itself, it tries to boot off the 250 gig drive and not the raided drives. I have changed the boot priority in the bios to be CD-rom, Hard disk, disabled, disabled and within the hdd section of that menu i have the priority set as nv-raid, sata 250 gig, removable.

Any thoughts??

Afrow UK Jun 25, 2005, 06:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I split my drive into 3 partitions. 40gB for Windows + System programs, another 40gB for general files, and 120gB for games.

Then of course, you can label the HDD's too, so it's all pretty nice, neat and very managable..

-Stu

I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
Merc Jun 25, 2005, 09:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Matthew-
Try boot order hard drive / CD ROM / Removable and keep the hard drive boot order as is. Also, make sure that you have NVRaid enabled on the two ports for the Raptor array only. The third port ,with the 200 GB drive, should be disabled in BIOS. It will then show up in BIOS as a stand alone.

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 25, 2005, 09:49am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello Again,

So here's the success story! The reformat (and the right driver set this time) worked perfectly. My comp is running like a finely tuned machine and nice and cool at about 30oC on the chip and mobo, and about 40-50oC on the vid card (durring gameplay). The fan/spreader assembly on the vid card is kinda shoddily held on with some little rubber pegs, ill look into something of more sturdy construction eventually. For now I am in nirvana and plan on spending the next 46.5 hours playing computer games.

Thank you so much for everything, I would never have gotten this all straightened out so fast were it not for this forum.

Andy


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