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Danny Edwards Jun 27, 2005, 05:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks Merc,

Spot on with your outcome. Are you saying I should install XP before enabling the nvRAID?


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Dan O Jun 27, 2005, 05:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 27, 2005, 05:44pm EDT

 
>> Advice on comp setup
Hi All,

I'm going to be setting up my rig soon and have been checking these boards, but after all the problems I've seen I'm kind of freaked out to get started now. Anyway, I just wanted to get some general advice on the setup I want to do i.e. psu sucks, better recommendations for ram etc. From the research I've done so far everything is compatible RAM, Cooler, etc.

1x ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
1x Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
1x OCZ PowerStream OCZ600ADJ ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail
1x AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000BNBOX - Retail
1x CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model Twinx2048-3200c2 - Retail
2x Western Digital Raptor WD360GD 36.7GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM (RAID 0)
1x eVGA 256-P2-N528-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail (Second card soon to come as soon as prices come down)
1x Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
1x ZALMAN CNPS7000B-Cu LED 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan - Retail
Optical Drive(s) will be taken from old system

Any / All advice would be appreciated. =)

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>> RAID 0 Setup with IDE Drives?
I have created a new system, replacing everything but my 2 IDE hard drives. Seeing as I need one IDE port for my optical drive, I was wondering if there is any way to setup a RAID 0 configuration with the remaining IDE port. Thanks in advance for the help!

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>> RAID 0 Setup with IDE Drives?
I have created a new system, replacing everything but my 2 IDE hard drives. Seeing as I need one IDE port for my optical drive, I was wondering if there is any way to setup a RAID 0 configuration with the remaining IDE port. Thanks in advance for the help!

sorry for the double post, I am a total noobie on this forum!

Merc Jun 27, 2005, 06:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 27, 2005, 06:49pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Danny Edwards-
Was it 1 or 2? I'll PM 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
Reginald Peach Jun 27, 2005, 06:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I have 2 40 gig IDE drives that I wish to setup on a RAID 0 array. One of my 2 IDE ports is taken by my DVD/CD-RW drive, leaving only one IDE port. I want to know if there's a way for me to get my hard drives on a RAID 0 setup using only one IDE port, since that's all I have available to me after plugging in my optical drive. Thanks again for the help!

Russ Spry Jun 27, 2005, 06:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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There is no Raid capability on the IDE ports only the SATA ports.

Merc Jun 27, 2005, 06:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dan O-
Your system looks great and please don't get the idea that this board is all bad. There are about 2 million of them out there but you only see posts here on the ones that have caused trouble. In many of these cases it was attributable to a poor choice in PSU, which you have avoided and if you just received your A8N it should have the new chipset fan (only known real fault on this mobo) so really, you should have a great and troublefree system.

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 27, 2005, 06:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 27, 2005, 07:13pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Reginald-
You are aware that you will have to do a complete reinstall of windows aren't you? There are ways around it (see: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1755&page=5 ) but I wouldn't recommend that route. Windows does not take kindly to changing mobos out from under it and will probably BSOD as soon as you boot.

My advice, back everything up and get yourself a big old 160GB/8mb buffer Western Digital SATA Hard Drive for $100 and plug it into a SATA port, you'll appreciate the performance increase. Then use one of the 40GB IDE's as internal storage and the other as an external back up.

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
Kevin Fleharty Jun 27, 2005, 11:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I'm new to the forum, but have been keeping track for quite some time. Big thanks to the original listing, as it avoids alot of the problems when starting at a low bios (1002, in the case of my board). And a very tempermental board it has been...

My question is as follows:

I recently upgraded my BIOS to 1011 final from 1008, unfortunately now I'm getting beep codes during soft boot, and sometimes hard boot if I turn the computer back on directly after the beeping occurs. The two types of beep codes that show up are: 1 long (repeating).
or 1 short (constant).

Turning the computer off for approximately 20 secs then starting it up again, yields post and a proper boot into windows.

I'm shuddering at the possibilities, but I suspect the motherboard, as the power supply and the rest of the system (the parts that matter or would be causing my error) is only 4 months old.

System specs are as follows:

Antec True 550W EPS 12V (correct connector for motherboard - no adapter)
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 512K 90nm Winchester (no overclock)
SwiftTech MCX6400-V Heatsink 80mm Panaflo H1A 39CFM Fan w/ Artic Silver 5
Crucial Ballistics PC4000 (DDR 500) 512MB x 2 running at 2.5-3-3-8
A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard 1.02 (not 100% sure on the revision, but it does have the A3 chip)
Asus GeForce EN6600GT/TD 128MB DDR PCIe x 2
Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JD 250GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer x 2 (RAID 0)
connected to NVidia SATA controller
2 PCI cards - 1 hardware DVD card, 1 Audigy
1 Pioneer CD/DVD drive
1 Plextor 20/10/40A
Case Fans
Antec Case

Any ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.

I'm not showing any odd voltage ranges in Asus Probe in windows during operation. I'm having a guess that my chipset fan may have not performed up to par momentarily and affected the board... but I'm showing a 8400 - 8800 rpm range in probe currently, so hard to say. No out of the ordinary temps either.
Processor 44 C, Motherboard 35 C.

Danny Edwards Jun 28, 2005, 02:51am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

It was technically both 1 & 2. I did an install with the drives on the sil, knew that I would need to re-install after switching channels, deleted the array from the sil, and disable in the BIOS. The issue was that the nvRAID had a dodgy (unhealthy) array still defined that I could get into to remove. I think this was caused by not setting it up as a bootable array. In the end I decide to enable the nvRAID and leave it detecting arrays and after about 15minutes it would report the error and allow me to delete and clear the disk data, and establish a newbootable array... Which has now given me a new challenge to get over.....

Before deciding to go RAID0 on the Raptors, I have always have my machine dual boot so that I could configure the startup on the C; to be for Gaming, and D: to be a office (prefered this to Hardware profiles) I thought that I could just setup the 2 new caviars on the nv SATA channels as non RAID disks on channels 3 and 4, and that these would be defined behind the Raptors (due to boot priority and creating the partitions during the XP install on the Raptors first. However when doing an install of XP it always seems to define the caviars ahead of the raptors in the XP install and disk mamagment in windows, the first caviar also get defiend as a system disk... Then thought that by putting them on the sil SATA channels would be best, but this doesn't seem to be the case. Would be very grateful if you could suggest which channels to set these drives on. Want them to be separate from each other to keep 1 drive for backup etc, but if creating these as part of a separate RAID config is the way to go then will consider this.

Any help would be great. Thanks



Afrow UK Jun 28, 2005, 04:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Kevin, go back to 1008?
I'm using that and I'm not planning on upgrading as the system works flawlessly with it.

-Stu

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stephan nguyen Jun 28, 2005, 06:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi there ,

I have read quite a lot of pages of this FAQ and I can say that I also have some similar problems.

First my spec:
jeantec psu 450watt 24 pin connector
a8n sli deluxe bios 1008
athlon 64 3200 winchester
2x 512 of corsair value
1 250gb ide hard drive western digital
dvd rom samsung
cd writer lite on
sapphire ati 800xl graphic card

my problems :
2 days ago I just built up my system, install windows xp + service pack 2+ all the latest drivers for video, chipset and sound.

all seemed to work fine for an hour (i played a bit of half life and farcry ect.)
but after I shut down the system the problem started.

the first thing was the system not booting all!!
the fan were running but the video card did not seem to start.
eventually after 3 or 4 restart I manage to boot up again .got a bit worry about the card tried to acces far cry to see if any error will come but apparently it was fine.so I shut down, went out and few hours after, I came back tried again to turm on the pc and same thing happened!!! 3 or 4 boot later (really worried now) I check the video card again with hl2 . but no problem to be found in the 3d function and driver side of things.
the day after,I woke up try again and bang !!!!! same thing !!no boot no post no beep just the fans and disk running.!!!???!!!
Since I had a 350 watt that came in my antec case I went out to buy a 450 watt psu hopping that it will solve my problem.but.... when I came back from the shop, install the psu and try to boot up again ... same problem !!!
this time witht he difference of a message from the mobo "system failed VGA test"
"big scream at this point" what the hell is going on!!! this board seems to have damage my brand new sapphire x800xl .after tons of screaming around I decided to buy a cheap radeon x600 again from sapphire and see what happens.so I install the new card and again same thing happened!! did not boot on the first time but only after 2 or 3 tries.
now the actual problem I have in addition to the booting issue, is the system freezing when I do not use the system for a while.
the system might be hanging just after entering windows or sometimes after half hour or more.the strange thing is that it is working fine when playing games online or offline or when I am using the pc doing anything. but if I leave the pc alone it will hangs in a short while for sure.

For info : I configured all the bios settings shown on the first page.and updated the bios to 1008
Now I am really paranoid I have to try tonight again and god knows what is gonna happen! please help!!!

My questions:

- I read in the faq that the version 1011 of the bios could be instable? is it really true?? is there any chance the latest version might solve my booting issues??
- second,
is there any issue using sapphire ati radeon card with this board?
- third,
could it be that the north bridge chipset get too warm and generate errors?? (anyway,I will replace it with a fanless zalman cooling system tomorow!!)

fourth,
-anyone knows what could cause the system to freeze or restart in loops!!??I read something about the nvidia IDE driver not to be used when installing the chipset driver, is is true.!??
At last is there any special settings to be done in windows ?
I am really sad for my x800 card that is now fried coud that have come for a bad config in the bios.??

Merc Jun 28, 2005, 08:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Danny-
As I said before, this is easy:

1. Plug the Raptors into NV SATA ports 1 and 2 and the caviars into 3 and 4.
2. Enter BIOS and enable NVRaid and disable SIL.
3. Open NVRaid and enable ports 1 and 2. DISABLE all other ports.
4. Reboot and your Array will be on the Raptors and BIOS will report the caviars on SATA Masters 3 and 4 in non-RAID format.

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 28, 2005, 08:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Stephan Nguyen-
Try going back to BIOS 1008 (this will requir using the flash method on page 1 as your Asus utility won't backwards flash a BIOS) . After it is flashed and you reboot open Asus AI and in the CPU section select "auto", then select "standard" and then go back to "auto" . BIOS 1011 and above seemed to lock the VCore and RAM voltage at 1.5 and 2.7 which causes some problems as the load on the CPU changes. 1008 seems to run the cleanest. The auto/standard thing seems to unlock the voltages again and things should run more smoothly.

Don't replace your chipset fan. Check the temps first, they are probably fine and not the cause of your problems.

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
Rob McDougall Jun 28, 2005, 09:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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To Merc:

I'm getting close to turning on the mains - just waiting for a floppy drive.

One question before I start. You advise using BIOS Version 1008. However, Asus web site says it does not support my CPU (AMD Dual Core 4800) until Version 1010. I have no choice but to use 1010 or the latest - right?

Thanks for all your advice on this board - very helpful.

Rob.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD 64/4600 X2
Corsair 2G Twinx2048-3200c2
Zalman CNPS7700-CU RT CPU Fan
One EVGA 6800GT 256MB Video Card
Antec 550W PSU TruePower 2
Antec P180 Case
2 x Western Digital 74GB 10,000rpm HDD 2 x NEC ND-3520A DVD+/-RW
1 - Sony FDD
Merc Jun 28, 2005, 10:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Rob-
Yep, you are absolutely right, dual cores require the new BIOS. I missed that, sorry. I'd go with the latest BIOS they have. Make sure you let us know how it goes as you may be the first in this forum to go dual core.

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
Chris K Jun 28, 2005, 11:07am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I have read though dozens of pages in this FAQ, and tried many things. I could not find anyone with my exact problem. Here is where I stand:

I am not able to complete the install of Windows XP Pro. I can boot from the CD and run the install program, create partitions, etc. The install program writes all the needed files to the drive and then sets to reboot. This is where my problem is.

Just after the message "Press any key to boot from cd....." the system hangs.

If I change the boot order in the BIOS, the system hangs after the PCI device listing.

I have a single Samsung EIDE ata/133 drive set as master on the primary ide channel. I followed the instructions on the first page of this thread for flashing my bios to the newest version for dual-core support.

I have tried tweaking the bios and removing components to reduce any possibility for conflicts. I don't understand why the system won't boot from the disk. I have also used the boot menu to specify the disk and the same thing happens. Am I missing a jumper setting or something?

Here are the system specs:

A8N-SLI Deluxe BIOS 1011
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI, 510-watts
AMD 64 X2 4800+ Dual Core
XFX GeForce 6600GT (I have 2, but only one installed at the moment (yes the chip is set for single mode))
4GB Corsair Value Select Memory (identical modules installed in all four memory slots)
Samsung 120GB EIDE/ATA133 Hard Disk
Samsung DVD Burner


Assistance is appreciated.

stephan nguyen Jun 28, 2005, 11:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ok but what do you mean by entering the AI !?? is that the bios ?
and is it gonna solve the freezing and the booting issues???

Merc Jun 28, 2005, 01:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Stephan-
Disregard the AI thing. Just reflash to BIOS 1008 and see if it helps.

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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