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Rob McDougall Jul 02, 2005, 12:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Update:

All done! Got my 2 SATA drives working independently as C and D drives (after first striping and mirroring them just because I could).

Turns out to be bit of a trick to get the second drive recognized. Here is what I did, for what it might be worth to anyone else.

Problem: System built, Win XP Pro installed, up and running on one SATA drive (Drive C). Device Manager shows 2 hard drives installed on the machine but "my computer" only recognizes one drive.

Open Control Panel, open Administrative Tools, open Computer Management, click on Disk Management (second last line in left side box). The box on the right will reveal all drive devices in the computer - in my case 2 optical and 2 hard drives. The first was "healthy" the second was not. Clicked on the drive in the right box and formatted it. Close out and return to the desktop. The second drive is now available for general use.

So apart from that little trick this whole build has gone smoothly and so far I've had no problems whatsoever with any of the hardware - including the Asus board. A clearer explanation about setting up the drives might have saved me some time but then that is what building your own PC is partly about - the learning experience.

Thanks again to all who gave generously of their advice here.

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
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John Jul 02, 2005, 12:40am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

>OK John. Unplug the PSU from the wall and remove all the drives and PCI cards from the mobo. Just CPU, RAM and video card on board. Do the CMOS reset thing again, make sure both power plugs (24 pin and 4 pin) are securely installed plug her back in and try and reboot.

I did as you asked. Waited 10 minutes. Fired it up. Nothing. Same thing as last time.

steel kane Jul 02, 2005, 04:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Christopher Parrett- Right now it's set at 2-2-2-5-1T and runs great, I did try them at 2.5-4-4-8-1T and also ran great, now I used memtest and got the memory as hi as DDR484 with the old power supply and haven't tryed with the new one yet. now from what I have read they say with all 4 slots taken up you can't get over DDR333 but I have with this memory and had no trouble at all with anything, As far as now I'm working on trying to get them to run at DDR 500 with the new powersupply. I will post when it works.

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John-
The only thing I can think of, assuming the RAM is good, is to get a PSU tester ($10-$15 at CompUSA or Radio Shack) and test the PSU. If it is good, the RANM is good and the CPU is good, then you'll have to contact Asus and RMA the board so they can replace the BIOS chip. Other than that I am out of ideas. Maybe Mike will check-in and have a thought about this but if you are down to the bare minimums and the board won't even post then the options are limited.

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
Christopher Parrett Jul 02, 2005, 12:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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STEEL KANE:

Once again, thanks for the comments.
Sounds like that IS the memory to go for.
Now its time to start hunting for the best possible deal on it.

Question.
Any idea what kind of problems we would run into if I go for 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB.
Seems like there were more than a few comments on that slowing down the overall performance of the memory bus.....

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Computer currently being assembled.
MoBo: Asus A8n-SLi-Premium
Memory: 2GB, Corsair Twinx 2048-3200C2PT, DDR-400 RAM
Case: Frozen CPU Hypercube
PSU: PCP&C Turbo-Cool 510 SLi
CPU: AMD X2 4800+
GPU: 2x GeForce 7800 Ultras (when released en
John Jul 02, 2005, 08:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

> The only thing I can think of, assuming the RAM is good, is to get a PSU tester ($10-$15 at CompUSA or Radio Shack) and test the PSU. If it is good, the RANM is good and the CPU is good, then you'll have to contact Asus and RMA the board so they can replace the BIOS chip. Other than that I am out of ideas.

I went to CompUSA today & bought a power supply tester. Everything checks out OK. I got a RMA from the vendor so it's going back ASAP. Will post again when I receive the new board.
I might as well get a newer style of NV chip cooling fan while the board is out of the case. What department at Asus would handle that, or is there a better aftermarket alternative?


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Edited: Jul 03, 2005, 11:23am EDT

 
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I have a HUGE problem and have no idea what is causing it.

I have an A64 3200+
550 Watt Antec TrueControl II PSU
2gb Corsair Value PC3200 RAM
2 UATA 160 GB HDD (Seagates)
Evga 6800GT Video Card
NEC DVD-RW
Lite-On CD-RW

My problem is when I try to setup Windows XP I put the CD in and set the BIOS to boot from CD Rom and it gets to "Windows is checking your hardware configuration" or something similar to that and then my system just shuts down completely. I have an x64 CD and it gets to "Windows is setting up" (right before the pretty GUI) and then the system shuts down.

I have tried both CD Drives on their own, both HDD on the own with all sorts of master settings. I have tried all of my ram one by one. I have tried without HDD, same problem. I don't have any PCI-E video card so I cannot test my video.

The HDD Im trying to get Windows on already has windows on it but I want to format it with windows setup. With windows on it I can boot up to it but I see half a second of the Win XP splash screen and get a BSOD

0x0000007B (0xBACC7528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I have BIOS 1008.

Please help me? Is my motherboard faulty or something else?

Merc Jul 03, 2005, 10:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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John-
Call 510-739-3777, ext 3 and tell them your chipset fan is making loud noises or something. They'll ship you a new one.

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 Gardner Jul 04, 2005, 01:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've come across a really weird issue that I can't seem to solve.

I recently put together a rig with a BFG GTX 7800, ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard, 3700+ Athlon 64, etc. When I loaded the drivers, I noticed every so often the screen would "black out", like when Windows first detects the display in setup. It didn't bother me until I started playing World of Warcraft and noticed it was also happening IN GAME. Every so often, for a split-second, the screen would go completely back.

Now here's the weird part: I was working inside the case and booted the system up without hooking the auxillary wire to the card. The nVidia drivers popped up and said the card wasn't getting enough juice, but, out of curiousity, I tried Wow. It played perfectly.

This leads me to believe either a problem with the card, or all of the components aren't getting enough power (including the motherboard). But it could also mean I'm missing some setting in the BIOS somehwere. I'm currently using a 460W Enermax to power the board. Could this be the culprit? Do I need to check settings on the board?

For troubleshooting steps I've uninstalled/reinstalled the OS several times, using the motherboard drivers from Asus and the latest ones off nVidia's website. I've reseated and reconnected all power wires and the DVI wire leading to the monitor. Nothing in the box is overclocked.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

steel kane Jul 04, 2005, 02:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Chris Gardner- If you read the post's on the other pages this motherboard loves lots of power, if you can update to 1008 bios and get a better powersupply, you won't be wasting your money, just look at it as money well spent for the future, because if you do get another 7800 GTX your going to need more power then what you have with 460watts. good luck & rock.

Merc Jul 04, 2005, 07:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sent Rod-
Can you boot up and run wuth the 32 bit version of windows?

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 Gardner Jul 04, 2005, 10:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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1008? Is there an issue with 1011?

stephan nguyen Jul 04, 2005, 11:30am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi there again !!

On my long quest to have this motherboard to work normally I wish to give my latest feedback.
I had the version 1008 of the bios and I had weird boot problems and sometimes freezing issues.
I updated this week-end to the 1011 version and the boot issue seems to be fixed but I still get some freezing when I let the pc alone for a while!!!
but yesterday after having done some test it seems that if I don't use the onboard lan sockets( the marvel one + the normal one) it seems to be working fine! but when I enable it and plug in my router the freezing start again.
Now .. would it be possible that all these freezing problems would come from the onboard lan adapters!??
interesting doctor watson !!
so what I am gonna tonight is totally disable the onboard lan and use a good old 3com 10/100 ethernet card just to se what happens! :)
I will keep you people posted.
ciao

steel kane Jul 04, 2005, 05:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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this goes to everyone, dont be cheap when building a system with this Motherboard, buy a strong powersupply, alot of the problems everyone is having is NOT ENOUF POWER.

Nicholas Fraser Jul 04, 2005, 05:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This is my system

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice Core
2GB Corsair XMS Memory DDR400 (2x1GB)
250GB Seagate HDD (8MB Cache 7200RPM)
Geforce 7800GTX
Enermax 600W Noisetaker PSU

few questions

1. Is Windows XP the only operating system that will work cause I try putting ME on for the games that wont run on XP like Origional Command and Conquer. (It will restart for the first time when installing ME then when it says updating computer this may take a while befor eit loads up the next GUI it goes into a continuos restart sequence.

2. What sort of idle and full load temps should I be getting with the processor.

3. Can anyone reccommed a case because this is the case atm I have and as you can see the graphics card nearly reaches the back of the HDD if links are allowed here it is.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98/alphaomega16/Image043.jpg

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I think Kane is right - invest in a good power supply if you are using this board as it is VERY fickle regarding this issue. I actually went through two power supplies - a viomax and an antec - before settling on an enermax 600w sli ready rev2. Great stability and low noise level

steel kane Jul 05, 2005, 01:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I thought they burned all the copys of windows me, hmm guess not.LOL there is ways to play old games with xp.do a google search. I like moto racer 2 myself.

Ron Reicher Jul 05, 2005, 01:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi guys. Im having a weird problem. My hardware:
Athlon64 3700+ 1MB Cache 2200MHz
A8N-SLI Deluxe
MSI RX850 (X850 XT VIVO)
2xGB DDR400 Kingston Single Sided (4x512)
2xRaptor 74Gb (Raid 0)
2xSeagate 300Gb
Thermaltake 480W Silent PurePower
Tried all the BIOS. Now 1012-003
All my Hard Drives are connected to the Silicon.
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When Im using Windows, Internet, E-mail, etc, ... Everything is fine, but when Im running Games, the computer always freezes. Sometimes in about 5 minutes, sometimes in 2 hours....
I've tryed the MSI video Drivers and the ATI Driver. Same thing.
I have the latest Nforce drivers (6.53).
I've tryed running with my SB and the onboard Audio. Same problem!
When Im running 3DMark 2005, it DOESNT freeze, and I got a 5980 score.
Any suggestions????
I appreciate it,
Ron


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