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Masked Aug 10, 2005, 02:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi Guys,

Thanks to this board, I've been happily running my rig since February with minimal problems. I did the install with Win x64 and had a few problems (some programs taking 100% of CPU) with BIOS 1008 which 1011 seemed to fix.

I'm noticing that BIOS and driver revisions don't seem to get mentioned until there's a problem... and there are so many to choose from, that I was hoping I could talk one of you more knowledgeable guys into giving the rest of us a rundown on the basics of BIOS and drivers.

Anyone feel up to it?
Which ones have been more stable/less stable? ... and the big thing that's bothering me: Where is the best place to get drivers in general? Asus, Leadtek, and nVidia all offer versions of the "71.84" drivers, but are they all the same? Is it safer to get things from the chip manufacturer, the board manufacturer, or the card manufacturer?

Thanks in advance,
Masked

Also... I keep reading bad stories about customer service, so I wanted to add some positive: Leadtek customer service has been great!

Win XPx64
A8N SLI Deluxe
AMD FX55
PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI
2x512 OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev.2 (OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K)
LeadTek Winfast PX6800GT TDH (x2)
WD Raptor 74GB SATA
Maxtor 300GB SATA
NEC 3500A DVD+/-RW
Lite-On SOHD-167T 16X DVD

BIOS 1013.2
GeForce 77.72
nForce 6.66

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Masked Aug 10, 2005, 04:49am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Follow up question: Anyone have any comments about the ASUS Realtek AC97 drivers vs. the nVidia audio drivers?
It seems like ASUS just made their (pretty cool) jack-auto-sensing gadget available at the expense of being able to fiddle around with surround.

Jacoblee VerDught Aug 10, 2005, 06:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hey, Im recently building a pc and I am pretty sure that everything is in place since ive back and forth over it several times finding no errors. My specs are below...

Specs:
VGA BFG 7800 GTX|BFGR78256GTXOC - R - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$559.00)
CPU AMD 64 |3800+ ATHLON 64 939P RT - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$367.00)
NEC 16X DVDRW ND-3540A BK W/O SW% - OEM (Qty=1,Price=$43.99)
MB ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe NF4 RTL - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$166.00)
PSU ASPIRE|ATX-AS550W-BK RT - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$70.00)
DUAL DDR 1GB|PC3200XLPT CORSAIR RT - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$185.00)
HD 300GB|WD 7200RPM 8MB WD3000JB% - OEM (Qty=1,Price=$147.00)

After I got these products I also had to order an adapter to hook the PSU up to the motherboard. One that converts 20 pins to 24 pins for the main power. The only problem Im having is no video out in any ways. Ive tried on several monitors, absolute no video out but everyone appears to run great and fine. YES the power supply is hooked into the graphics card as well. Everything looks healthy and acts to run great. Just no possible way to get into BIOS or see what im freaking doing! :). Any help would be great! :D

Jacoblee VerDught Aug 10, 2005, 06:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey, Im recently building a pc and I am pretty sure that everything is in place since ive back and forth over it several times finding no errors. My specs are below...

Specs:
VGA BFG 7800 GTX|BFGR78256GTXOC - R - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$559.00)
CPU AMD 64 |3800+ ATHLON 64 939P RT - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$367.00)
NEC 16X DVDRW ND-3540A BK W/O SW% - OEM (Qty=1,Price=$43.99)
MB ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe NF4 RTL - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$166.00)
PSU ASPIRE|ATX-AS550W-BK RT - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$70.00)
DUAL DDR 1GB|PC3200XLPT CORSAIR RT - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$185.00)
HD 300GB|WD 7200RPM 8MB WD3000JB% - OEM (Qty=1,Price=$147.00)

After I got these products I also had to order an adapter to hook the PSU up to the motherboard. One that converts 20 pins to 24 pins for the main power. The only problem Im having is no video out in any ways. Ive tried on several monitors, absolute no video out but everyone appears to run great and fine. YES the power supply is hooked into the graphics card as well. Everything looks healthy and acts to run great. Just no possible way to get into BIOS or see what im freaking doing! :). Any help would be great! :D

Merc Aug 10, 2005, 06:32am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
David-
That Tagan sounds like more than enough PSU to run your rig. Also, the latest ATX standard "requires" (really recommends) that a PSU have dual 12 volt rails. This allows the unit to balance the power more easily and provide stable, steady power to things that need it (CPU, GPU, RAM) while isolating them from and sending brute power to things that are less sensitive and turn on and off a lot (hard drives, CD/DVD drives etc.). At least that is my understanding of it. 20 amps per rail is pretty good too.

On the 1st page of this thread SAnder offers some good suggstions on PSU.s but IMHO you should be fine with that unit.

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 Aug 10, 2005, 06:48am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Jacoblee-
Are you hearing any beeps when you power on? Should be just one healthy beep. Anything else indicates a problem. Also, the green light at the bottom of the mobo should be lighted.

Are all the fans spinning? Specifically the video card fan and CPU fan?

Is the RAM in the blue slots only?

You used standoffs to mount the mobo to the case right?

On page 185 I wrote a short troubleshooting guide for Mikko that may be of help. Please refer to that as it may lead you to your problem if the above indicators and questions don't 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
Jacoblee VerDught Aug 10, 2005, 03:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ

Ok, there is one healthy beep, green light is lighted beatifully and ALL fans are spinning. Standoffs in the mobo are OF COURSE installed otherwise it wouldnt fit right in the ase. Ram is also in correct spots. Im finding this EXTREMELY unusual. Any help or suggestions/ideas are still of great help. Keep them coming people. Thanx...

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Edited: Aug 10, 2005, 03:06pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
also, i cleared the cmos in case of anything but no help there either...

Mike McDonald Aug 10, 2005, 03:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc- The light is on the video card itself, BFG confirms that it's just to indicate the power is plugged into the card. They referred me to Asus to find out what else is up, because it appears my suspicions were correct. my card is not getting enough power and is shutting down.
They said it's either a setting on my motherboard thats not allowing it enough power, or my PSU can't handle it.

Im really frusterated with the idea that a 450w psu can't handle my single card, so is there anything in the a8n bios that might be causing power deficiencies?

Simon X Aug 10, 2005, 03:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jacoblee: - I assume you did basic checks such as no loose cable/jack connections between the video out and monitor. I would try plugging in a different monitor to your new PC. I also would remove, install and test the new video card on a different machine. Did you do a BIOS check after installing minimal devices such as cpu, memory and video card? Does your video card have both digital and analog output?

Merc Aug 10, 2005, 05:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike-
Sorry, i thought you were talking about the mobo LED. LOL. No problem there as it is on the card itself. As for the problem at hand, remember that the PSU's 450 watts may be the peak power that it can hold for a few minutes. Max might be 320-380 watts for 45 minutes and normal could be 250-300 watts. Also, how many amps are on the 12 volt rail is just as, if not more, important than the watts. 18 amps is the absolute minimum acceptable and I wouldn't recommend anything less than 28-30 amps. Can you get the amps on the 12v rail off the side of the PSU.

BTW my Asus probe shows the 12 volt current as 11.776 (almost never varies more than a few 1,000ths). I hooked a meter up and it is steady at 12.1. So the sensors/probes are more of an indicator of the variances in the volts delivered rather than an accurate indicator of the actual volts delivered. You might want to plug a multimeter into one of the molexes (yellow and black leads) to see the actual delivered power. I always suspected it but finally proved 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 Aug 10, 2005, 05:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike-
Sorry, i thought you were talking about the mobo LED. LOL. No problem there as it is on the card itself. As for the problem at hand, remember that the PSU's 450 watts may be the peak power that it can hold for a few minutes. Max might be 320-380 watts for 45 minutes and normal could be 250-300 watts. Also, how many amps are on the 12 volt rail is just as, if not more, important than the watts. 18 amps is the absolute minimum acceptable and I wouldn't recommend anything less than 28-30 amps. Can you get the amps on the 12v rail off the side of the PSU.

BTW my Asus probe shows the 12 volt current as 11.776 (almost never varies more than a few 1,000ths). I hooked a meter up and it is steady at 12.1. So the sensors/probes are more of an indicator of the variances in the volts delivered rather than an accurate indicator of the actual volts delivered. You might want to plug a multimeter into one of the molexes (yellow and black leads) to see the actual delivered power. I always suspected it but finally proved 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
DJConan Aug 10, 2005, 05:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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How do I get a list of the Asus A8N-Sli Deluxe drivers from Asus' website? I've seen various links in forums that supposedly take me to the mobo drivers, but all I get is an empty list. Currently, I've been waiting 10 mins for the link from the first message of this thread to finish it's "loading..."

What is showing besides the loading picture doesn't have anything to do with my motherboard. In the past when I have been to this page, the pull down menu of "Select Product" never offered any options. Also, I've tried the Navigation Wizard and it never listed any BIOS files for me to d/l.

Picture of what I get at the website:
http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/7008/asus7gi.jpg

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AMD 64 3200 Winnie 2.5GHz
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, Bios 1010
OCZ VX 2x512 3200 (2,2,2,5 1T) @208MHz
ATI x800 XL 461/530
DiMax 10 250 SATA 16MB
Deckstar 200 PATA
DiMax 9 80 PATA
Antec TruePower 2 550w
Merc Aug 10, 2005, 05:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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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
Julian Watson Aug 10, 2005, 06:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Got a qestion or problem to shoot out there - basicly when I got the board (about 7 months ago when they were first out) I decided to invest in some Corsair TwinX Regesterd Memory Mached Pair consisting of 2x512mb XMS3200R (CMX512R-3200C2PT) sticks, when i pluged them into what the manual calls Slots B they sprung to life, recently I bought some more of EXACTLY the same stuff, even down to the revision (Rv1.1). So i plug them in, and nothing, my computer doesn't properly initialise. I played around with them ie. keeping one of my old sticks in and using one of the new sticks and it workeded fine so even if I fill the slots it should still work seeing as they seem to work fine old-with-new. But as soon as i fill all four slots it doesn't work, infact if i try to put anything in say slots A1-B1 nothing, that leads me to think that my two A1-A2 slots are busted. Still this may be me being remedial. Hope someone can understand my rambleing and thanks in advance.

Oh i'm running an FX-55 and an SLI interface x2 Winfast 6800gt's

William SPano Aug 10, 2005, 06:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 10, 2005, 07:15pm EDT

 
>> Really Tired of Re-Installing.
I've tried googling as much as I can but here's my fun and happy issue. If it's already been posted and resolved my apologies.

A8N-Sli Deluxe. (latest non-beta bios but have tried from 1003-1008 etc.)
AMD 3500 CPU
EN6800 Vid Card
2X512 Kingston HyperX
3X Segate 160GB HDD.
Plextor DVD+RW (716 SATA version)
Generic IDE CDRW
Creative Audigy 2 (gamer.)

Here's the issue, I can install windows XP Pro with no problems. F6 for the Silicon Raid drivers (downloaded from the net yesterday). Install the OS, install all the drivers and woo. Everything works. I'm trying to Raid5 all three drives.

I go away for 5-6 Hours and get Kernel data in page errors that reference ntfs.sys or other various issues.

When I start up my computer the Silicon software always tells me that it's trying to rebuild the drives and it will take approx 6-8 hours, but it never completes to the point where I see it and it always bluescreens. IT takes a few hours but it always does.

I don't have the exact error codes but man, I'm so tired of this, I'm halfway convinced to just jbod the lot.

Any help and I'll be so happy.

William SPano Aug 10, 2005, 07:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 10, 2005, 07:27pm EDT

 
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Gah, nevermind guys, I missed somewhere that it was a software raid implementation. F_stop that. and I'll just sort it myself, sorry for the post.

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Edited: Aug 10, 2005, 08:47pm EDT

 
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Thanks for the very fast response Merc. lol I got the same thing, basically an empty page. I'm going to start up my notebook and see if I get different results from there. I just got a new hard drive that I'm going to install Windows to and I want to update my BIOS before I start using this new drive.


Edit: Turns out, I can't view anything from my computer using the Asus mobo. lol, go figure. I am d/ling the files on my notebook so I can update this computer. Any ideas what would prevent me from viewing the files on a particular computer?

Weird stuff.

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AMD 64 3200 Winnie 2.5GHz
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, Bios 1010
OCZ VX 2x512 3200 (2,2,2,5 1T) @208MHz
ATI x800 XL 461/530
DiMax 10 250 SATA 16MB
Deckstar 200 PATA
DiMax 9 80 PATA
Antec TruePower 2 550w
Merc Aug 10, 2005, 09:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Asus' website is one of the most screwed up messes I have ever seen. Clear your cache and try again.

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 Aug 10, 2005, 09:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 10, 2005, 09:19pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
William-
Sometimes that SATA optical drive will give you problems. If you have an IDE drive available, plug it in (unplug the SATA drive) and load windows from there. Set up your RAID 5 and once everything is stable, go ahead and plug the SATA optical drive back in.

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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