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Merc Jul 11, 2005, 11:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 11, 2005, 02:14pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
No problem Mark and I'm glad you got it going. And yes I do have a life! LOL. My 20 week pregnant wife was home sick all weekend so I was "home sick" too (guys w/ kids will understand). Spent all day Sunday helping Mark, talking about The Buffalo Bills on the Range forum and taking care of the the mommy to be. LOL

BTW, Mark has the first RAID 5 array I have heard about and he got the SATA DVD/CD ROM drive to work eventually. 4x10000RPM hard drives, a 7800GTX and 4000+ is one fast rig.

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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Sam Hanson Jul 11, 2005, 11:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc/Mark;

How'd you get the SATA DVD drive to work? I've been fighting that particular issue since I got this mobo early last week. I've tried every configuration of BIOS setting I could think of and still no luck.

FYI, I'm running dual Hitachi drives in RAID 0 on the NVRAID connectors, nothing on SIL. My Plextor DVD drive (PX-712SA) is recognized on boot, but as soon as I try to read a disc the system hangs and requires a hardware reset to restart.

Any ideas you can share with the group here? I'm sure I'm not the only other person with this problem!

Sam

Merc Jul 11, 2005, 12:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 11, 2005, 12:23pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Sam-
Make sure you have the SATA master the drive is plugged into disabled in NVRAID in BIOS.
Mark thinks it started working after he got SP2 installed. if neither of those apply then try plugging it into the sil controller.

Maybe Mark will check in and explain how he got it working better than I can as I wasn't online when he did get it working.

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 Jul 11, 2005, 12:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ty is the water cooloing running off the PSU? Could it be draining too much power? I have a feeling that the watercooling is somehow tied into the problems you are seeing. Maybe the guys on the overclocking forum can help.

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 Jul 11, 2005, 12:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 11, 2005, 12:27pm EDT

 
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Rob- Mine hangs on shutdown! Not all the time, about 85% of the time. I'm not sure what the problem is.

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 Jul 11, 2005, 12:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 11, 2005, 12:33pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Yikes Merc - at least I can shut mine off - I'll be thankful for this small mercy. Thanks so much! - 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
Mark Schell Jul 11, 2005, 01:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sam-

What i had to do was set up my RAID array on the SIL controller, and plug my DVD drive into a disabled NVraid port. I did have some problems with windows booting in the beginning but those problems disappeared not long after i fully updated windows. (I downloaded everything windows update felt i needed). More specificaly Servie Pack 2 is when it started working for me.

I think the Nvidia drivers also played a small role in it as well. Before i even started updating windows, i had to install the ethernet drivers for the Nvidia. And, it seemed when i installed that driver pack from my ASUS MOBO driver disc, i couldnt reboot without it locking up. I had to unplug my disc drive in order for my to get windows up.

I also had some problems getting Windows update to work for me... I had to go to microsoft.com to download the IT Service Pack 2 packet. Once i downloaded that and installed it, windows update worked like a charm.

Btw.. i run WIndows XP Pro.

SO my recommendation:

Install windows
Install Ethernet Nvidia Driver

Turn off the computer and unplug your SATA CD/DVD Read Wrtie Drive.

Turn the computer back on, update your windows fully. Make sure you download Service Pack 2 manually from microsoft.com (IT version) if you windows update is not working.

When you have installed all windows updates, turn off your computer and plug you SATA CD/DVD drive back in.

It should boot up normally and work. As an update to my previous posts, i am now noticing that my drive is having a hard time detecting discs and autostarting them. There are tns of things that could cause that to happen, but i find if you wait about 60 seconds between discs it will autorun normaly.

AthlonXpert Jul 11, 2005, 01:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 11, 2005, 02:16pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Ruffino

When coosing an AMD processor the best core to get would be on based on the 90nm architecture. The smaller die size means that there is less heat generated and less power consumption. (for AMD chips anyway)

There are several 90nm cores, the best ones to get right now are the Venice or San Diego, they have several impovements over the prior Winchester core. These improvements are SSE3 instruction capability and a "fixed" memory controller.

Now, the integrated FSB (front side bus) means that the memory controller is directly on the processor die. This allows the Athlon chips to have a direct link to the memory.

So unlike Intel systems the memory access does not have to go through the northbridge of the chipset. This was a bottle neck for many years until AMD developed the Hypertransport technology. Basically though, the use of a Integrated FSB allows for more input/output bandwith for the CPU and better performance.


Merc Jul 11, 2005, 02:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Michael L.
Copy this link and paste it into Google. you'll get like 50 hits.
ntune site:http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/38623

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
Ty Norton Jul 11, 2005, 05:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc-

No, the water cooling system has it's own power source... unrelated to where the computer draws it's juice.

It is of course entirely possible, but imo unlikely, that in the process of installing the cpu water block i may have done something to the motherboard, otherwise, there is no reason it should perform any different.


-Ty

Michael L Jul 11, 2005, 06:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

I looked through all those posts as you suggested the first time. I couldn't find any reference to anyone not being able to run NVPerformance.exe. When I run Ntune I don't get any error messages. When I click on "Click on Benchmark and automatically tune my system" in ntune, nothing happens. According to other posts here, the NV Performance panel is supposed to open. It doesn't. I get the same results both with all my ram and cpu settings in my BIOS set to auto and also when they are set manually to the stock settings. If you know what BIOS settings I need to change could you tell me please? Thank you.

Is there some dll or service NVPerformance.exe requires to run?

James Aam Jul 11, 2005, 06:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 11, 2005, 06:14pm EDT

 
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Hi,

I was wondering if anybody can tell me what Interrupt Channel (A,B,C,D) does the primary IDE channel use on this board?

Thanks in advance,
James

Lam Thomas Jul 12, 2005, 01:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I had a SB Audigy 2 Sound card, which PCI slot should I put?

I got something strange.

When I plug a USB Card reader into the back side USB, the sound card could not be detected. In addition, I got reboot with blue screen after I add a Microsoft ActiveSync of my Dell AXIM x50v. I cannot unplug the device otherwise I got blue screen.

Anyone can help?

Patrick K Jul 12, 2005, 02:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

After a lengthy RMA procedure because the board needed a bios upgrade to function correctly with my Athlon 64 X2 4200+, but could not be flashed correctly when this processor was already in there (ie you need an older processor to flash the bios), I now got the system working.

Everything seems fine, and my first forray into the world of raid seems a succes, with noticeably faster disk performance (raid0).

My only problem right now is that in about 40-50% of the cases, the system won't shut down or restart, but hangs at the "Windows is shutting down..." (or something similar, I have a dutch version) screen - usually the last screen you see before the system shuts down or restarts.

In the cases where it does eventually shut down / restart, it still hangs at said screen for about 30 seconds-1 minute.

Now that I'm at it, another "hang" problem comes to mind, which occurs at the start of Windows - the "Loading your personal settings" screen (right after login) takes quite a lot of time to disappear. After that, Windows runs fine right up to the shutdown/restart problem.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? is this (possibly) a board issue, or should I be looking for a Windows solution?

Thanks!

My system:
In-Win X710 full tower case
ToPower 600W PSU
Asus A8N-Sli
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (not OC'd yet)
2Gb Corsair dual channel memoryin slote A1 and B1
Sapphire Radeon X850XT PE
2 Samsung Spinpoint 250 Gb in a raid0 configuration

Mark Schell Jul 12, 2005, 07:51am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 12, 2005, 07:54am EDT

 
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Lam-

Try booting windows without the card in the PCI slot. Then when you get into windows, plug the card into the pc. Be absolutly sure that you are grounded so as to avoid static shock. Im hoping your running XP cause XP should recognize the new hardware immediately and prompt you install the drivers for the device. Do not use XPs generic drivers, at this point ide install any manufacture drivers you have for the card. You may need to enable the plug and play OS in BIOS before doing this (sometimes you need it sometimes you dont).

Lemme know if that works for yah.

Merc Jul 12, 2005, 09:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Patrick-
I have the same problem. It seems to start happening after I have had windows installed for awhile. A fresh install clears it up. If anyone knows how to fix this it would be great.

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 Jul 12, 2005, 10:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Patrick-
I have the same problem. It seems to start happening after I have had windows installed for awhile. A fresh install clears it up. If anyone knows how to fix this it would be great.

Merc


And Patrick: I have a variation of the same problem - can't go into standby, but I can shut down. Might be worth posting the problem to Asus Tech Support.

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
Rob McDougall Jul 12, 2005, 12:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc and Patrick:

I sent in a question to the Asus Technical Support dept. and, wow, already got a reply.

I asked:

I can't go into standby or hibernation mode.

They replied:

If this wasn't a new install of os do so. If so, load chipset drivers and video drivers. Also test psu, reload os. Sometimes though not often a bios flash can fix it.

FYI.

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 Jul 12, 2005, 01:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Rob, I'll reflash my BIOS tonight and let you all know if that fixes it.

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 Jul 12, 2005, 05:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 12, 2005, 07:12pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Well, reflashed my BIOS, which Asus told Rob may help the hanging on shutdown problem, and it did. At least for now. Flashed to 1008 again (BTW your settings remain the same when you flash to the same BIOS) and it shuts down like before.

I'll post when it starts hanging again. LOL. Thanks for doing the legwork Rob. Let us know if a reflash solves your problem.

UPDATE: Back to the same old thing, hanging on shutdown. Oh well, i figured it was an XP related issue.

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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