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Arthur Yip Feb 19, 2005, 09:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks for making this great FAQ!

Is there anybody experience the following behaviour? When I boot Windows XP, half of the time it reboot automatically within 30 seconds after login. Sometimes it show the BSOD and reboot immediately so I don't have the time to read the message. Sometimes Windows shows a System Error dialog box and it reboot after I close the message box. If the system doesn't restart within the first 30 seconds, I can use the system without any problem (I run it for a few days).

After I have updated the BIOS to 1004-001, it complain my CPU fan is either fail or too slow. In ASUS PC Probe it show my CPU fan is running around 1300 to 1400. Would that be a problem?

I have run MEMTEST and didn't find any problem.

My configuration:
Athlon 64 3200+
MSI NX6600GT
Corsair Value Select PC 3200 CAS2.5 2*512MB
Antec SmartPower 400W
Seagate 200GB SATA

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 10:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 10:42am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Arthur Yip

You will have enough time to do this;
1-Click xtart
2-Right click my computer
3-Click properties
4-Click on the Advanced tab
5-Under startup and recovery click settings
6-Uncheck Automatically restart
7-Click Apply and restart

This will allow you to see your message.

Mike

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 10:51am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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CoolWind .

When you first boot, do you see your video card BIOS info, ?

Mike

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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 11:08am EST

 
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Greg Giles Feb 19, 2005, 04:22 AM Message - Profile - Add Buddy - Alert Moderators

Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
How can you guys tell that Dual Channel is not working on your ram??
Memtest and or cpuz.exe

Also my MB temp is around the same as my CPU, 32 Degree's C. Is that bad?
No, just means your CPU is running cool.

I have my ram in A1 and B1 slot. When I go to system info it says I have 1.00GB of ram, does that mean my dual channel is working? Thanks
No, it just says you have 1Gig of RAM

Use cpuz.exe, click the memory tab and under channel see if it says dual.

Mike


Greg Giles Feb 19, 2005, 11:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike, what is cpuz.exe?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 11:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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A very helpful program you can acquire on the internet for free. It dispays CPU and Memory info.

Mike

Sander Sassen Feb 19, 2005, 11:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
For CPU-Z and other utilities go here:

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

Sander Sassen
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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 11:31am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 11:41am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Oh well I'll try a PC power and cooling PSU because my system started freezing again while in SLI mode last night


Kevin

On page 16 you will find this post.

Mike Thellend Feb 16, 2005, 06:05 PM Message - Profile - Add Buddy - Alert Moderators - Edit Post

Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Configure your graphics card(s) and computer performance at the same time using the methods in this post.

As you an I both know there are many variables on this system, this post will help eliminate some of the known and unknown issues your having. I can assure you that if you follow it, it will help your system and possibly stop the freezing your getting in SLI mode.

Mike

Wayne Losinno Feb 19, 2005, 11:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Asus A8N-SLI DVD SATA and Standby compatibility FAQ
I have been working on two problems with my new setup. I have the following:

ASUS A8n-SLI (Flashed to 1003)
2 1gb Corsair Memory
1 6800GT EVGA Video Board
1 74gb Raptor
1 300gb Maxtor Diamond
1 Sony Dual Layer DVD-RW (IDE)
1 Plextor 712SA DVD-RW (SATA) (flashed to latest bios)
1 Audigy 4 Sound Board
1 PPC 510 Deluxe SLI Power supply.

Windows XP Service Pack 2

The two problems I am having are:
1. SATA drive can not read any CD-ROMS or DVD's in Windows. I have run the following:
a. Deleted the driver from windows and reinstalled. (no luck)
b. Switched SATA cables with the hard drive (No luck)
c. Flashed the motherboard (No luck)
d. Flashed the DVD drive (No luck)
e. Booted with out the OS by inserting Windows XP disk in (Drive boots on the CD)

2. When the computer comes out of Standby the PC does a reboot instead of coming back into the OS.

Any ideas? The DVD drive seems to be an XP and Sata controller error. I have searched the Microsoft Premier site and not find anything. I have posted to plextor but there guess is that the SATA Controller on the motherboard does not support DVD-RW drives. I let them know that I am able to boot into Windows from the drive so that should rule out hardware and point to a driver or BIOS issue. I have also sent a message to ASUS but they are a little slow with responding.

If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate any input.



Sander Sassen Feb 19, 2005, 11:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Wayne,

As mentioned in the FAQ, SATA optical drives do not work, so it doesn't help trying.

Sander Sassen
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Greg Giles Feb 19, 2005, 11:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 12:00pm EST

 
>> CoH messing up
My system has been running great so far but just now when I go to play City of Heroes it is messing up :( . I went to the nvidia setting and changed the Performance and quality settings to use City of Heroes (it says it is supported) but a little into the game it says

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error

abnormal program termination.

Anyone know what is causing this and how I can fix it? I am using all the drivers listed on the FAQ


EDIT: Just tried playing again and now it will freeze up and go to a green screen and then start flickering alot. This is not good. I really want to play this game today. Also are those drivers for the video card on FAQ hacked drivers?

CoolWind Feb 19, 2005, 12:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 12:14pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>When you first boot, do you see your video card BIOS info, ?
>Mike

I don't. No signal and the screen led stays orange (should change to green).

I've forgot to mention that I'm clearing the BIOS every time I'm testing something.

Any other idea?

Thank you.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 12:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Greg,

A good place to start would be here!


On page 16 you will find this post.

Mike Thellend Feb 16, 2005, 06:05 PM Message - Profile - Add Buddy - Alert Moderators - Edit Post

Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Configure your graphics card(s) and computer performance at the same time using the methods in this post.

As you an I both know there are many variables on this system, this post will help eliminate some of the known and unknown issues your having. I can assure you that if you follow it, it will help your system, improve your graphics and possibly stop the freezing and errors your getting.

Mike

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 12:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 01:08pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
>When you first boot, do you see your video card BIOS info, ?
>Mike

I don't. No signal and the screen led stays orange (should change to green).

Any other idea?


As painful as this may sound at this point I would turn your power supply off, remove your battery on the mobo for 5 minutes, then try again.

Got your BIOS message.

Mike

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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 12:35pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
When the computer comes out of Standby the PC does a reboot instead of coming back into the OS


Wayne

This happened to me just a few days ago. It seems that when you use Hibernate or Standby it will periodically do this, more times than not. I haven't investigated this fully yet but I will soon, I will share my findings.

In power options under Power Schemes;
Power Scheme - Always On

Turn off monitor - Never
Turn off hard disks - Never
System Stanby - Never

Advanced tab;
Options;
Uncheck prompt to password when computer resumes from standby

Power Buttons;
Shut Down

Hibernate;
Uncheck Enable Hibernation


CoolWind Feb 19, 2005, 12:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>When you first boot, do you see your video card BIOS info, ?
>Mike
>I don't. No signal and the screen led stays orange (should change to green).

>As painful as this may sound at this point I would turn your power supply off, remove your battery on the mobo >for 5 minutes, then try again.

>Mike

I've also tried this one - even removing the EZ Switch and the Graphics card, then clearing the CMOS. No luck. Just the same "System failed VGA test". If only I had a PCI Graphics card...

Just for the record, how the motherboard knows if there is a video card installed? (mine seems to fail knowing that XD).

I'm really lost.

Greg Giles Feb 19, 2005, 01:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 01:23pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike, I have been doing the stuff on page 16 like you said but one problem. It said make sure your not in SLI mode so I disabled SLI multi-GPU then started doing what it said, got down to step 6 where it says to OC the second video card like you did the first one but one prob. Since I cut off SLI multi-GPU how do I select the second video card to OC it? I dont see anywhere to select the second one. Thanks

Edit: Also I see in your post where you talk about video bios versions. Mine is version 5.40.02.36.08. DOes this need to be updated also?

Edit again: What is a good/bad temp for the video card. Once I followed the instructions and OC it it is now 59 Degrees C. Is that good or bad?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 01:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I had the same happen to me, I did not have to return my card.

The only thing I can recommend is that you unplug the power cable, remove your battery and come back in a couple of hours. Seriously, I did this and when I booted it picked up the card, other than that, time for a new card or mobo (after testing with a PCI video card).

Mike

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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 01:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dual Card (SLI) 1-4 monitors;
At this point you will have your numbered display monitors in the gray area.
If you have dual monitors on the card(s), remove the extended Windows desktop (monitor(s)) by un-checking the box (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) and applying your settings. Monitors 1 and 2 must both be highlighted in the gray area in a 2-monitor system, and 1 and 3 in a 4-monitor system with all (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) settings off.

UPDATED POST on page 16, sorry folks!

Dual Card (SLI) 1-4 monitors;
At this point you will have your numbered display monitors in the gray area.
If you have dual monitors on the card(s), remove the extended Windows desktop (monitor(s)) by un-checking the box (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) and applying your settings. Monitors 1 and 2 must both be highlighted in the gray area in a SLI system, therefore you must check the box (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) and apply. If for any reason you're not seing the taskbar iit's because you made the extended monitor the primary one. When you extend, do not make the extended monitor (2) your primary display, you will then have settings for both video cards in the menu. 1 and 3 must be highlighted in a 4-monitor system with all (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) settings off.

Mike

Greg Giles Feb 19, 2005, 01:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 01:40pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok got them both highlighted I think but I have messed something up =/ Now my task bar is gone and have no start menu when I change back to first video card.

Edit: Got it fixed, had extend video desktop to this monitor. Thats the only way I can get them both highlighed. I was worried


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