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theo koi Sep 09, 2005, 11:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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El Sep 10, 2005, 12:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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evga sent me a program to flash the bios on both cards. now sli works perfectly! how particular these nvidia cards are!
Jared

Merc Sep 10, 2005, 12:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I thought they both had the same BIOS. Plus, supposedly, the latest drivers were supposed to have fixed the dissimilar BIOS problem. Well, at least you got it working. That thing must scream.

Merc
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Asus P5K Deluxe BIOS 0404
Core 2 Duo Q6600 (3600MHz@1.46v)
Max OC 4050MhHz at 1.65v
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El Sep 10, 2005, 11:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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actually, when it was in DOS and flashed it, the first version numbers were the same on both videocards, but they had additional numbers and letters that followed and they were different. the evga guy on the phone didn't give much info except that we wanted "to be sure they were the exact same bios version". so i guess that thing about the newer drivers not being picky is bogus.

speaking of picky, my system seems great now. right off the bat i scored a bit over 8000 on 3dmark so i was immediately pleased. however, the first game i played was battlefield 2 and the new rig won't go into v-sync when i enable it in the nvidia display settings. i always had it on before so what gives?

the second game i tried playing was splinter cell chaos theory. after installing, restarting, applying the patch, restarting and executing the game it gives me the generic windows error message right before it's about to start!

anyone experience famaliar oddities with sli 6800gt's?
Jared

Brandon Laing Sep 12, 2005, 03:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all,

I've noticed multiple people posting that they are getting the video card BIOS codes on bootup, Tom and Dave most recently. I also am now getting the same thing, and I'm wondering at this point if Asus is doing anything about it. My system is:

Asus A8N-SLi-Deluxe
Athlon64 3500+
1GB Corsair DDR RAM (512x2)
BFG 6800GT OC
SB Audigy2
WinXP Pro w/SP2

So far, I've done the following:

- Tried BIOS version 1007, 1008, 1011, 1013
- 3 Different Video cards (Gotta love BFG)
- 3 Different Power Supplies (Thermaltake 480W, Antec TruPower 480 and NeoPower 480)
- Multiple re-installs of Windows (tried that first of course)

The issue is hit or miss. I can play certain games for hours on end, but others for only a minute at most (AOE3 demo most recently). Either I'll get a message from the Nvidia software about my card not receiving enough power, or my screen will go black, system will reboot, and I'll get the BIOS error upon reboot. I then have to power down to get the video to come back up.

After replacing everything else and just now seeing this thread with others having the exact same problems, I'm convinced it's the board. It seems as though it's having trouble providing enough power, even with everything hooked up, to some of these cards that require a lot. To test this, I've borrowed a friend's 6600GT (doesn't require a separate power hookup) and tried things out. Have never seen this problem come up using that card, but after 3 6800GTs, I always get it.

So, for anyone else that's run into this, has Asus done anything about it? It would be a shame to have to dump this board that I've only had a few months because it can't supply power to my (then) $400 card.

Thanks

Merc Sep 12, 2005, 08:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Brandon-
Try to run your rig without the audigy sound card. Remove it and its drivers and reboot. I'd recommend resetting the CMOS/BIOS before rebooting if you really want to be thorough. Sometimes these cards cause a mobo conflict that manifests itself in really strange ways.

Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
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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
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Dave Facey Sep 13, 2005, 05:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This is for Tom and those others who are having Power Error messages with 6800Gts and Asus motherboards. I have tried everything over the last 5 months and so have now RMA's the motherboard back to the retailer. I will let you know what they say when testing it.

I've just got a horrible feeliong that they will send it back to me with 'No fault found'

Will keep you posted.


Russel Pepper Sep 13, 2005, 11:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 13, 2005, 11:40am EDT

 
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Hi all, I'm new to the forum and haven't built/upgraded a PC in a couple of years. I recently decided to scrap my Athy XP 3000+ rig in favor of PCI-e and dual core support (the XP just doesn't have the power I need for the DOOM 3 engine). Here is what I've ordered, I'm pretty sure it should all work together peacefully, but I thought I'd get the input from the experts:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo (I guess that one is a given)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo core CPU
2GB Corsair TWINX-3200PRO (I noticed the recommendation to avoid mem with LED's...why is this?)
XFX GeForce 7800 GTX OC (GPU and Mem clock speeds on this are 490MHz and 650MHz from factory)

The rest of the configuration is basically a Lite-On DVD +/- RW Dual Layer and a Western Digital 1600JB PATA Hard Drive...nothing fancy.

Since I am not going the SLI route right off (the rest of the hardware wiped out my funds for this month...I'll buy the second card at the first price break)...I was wondering if my 400 Watt PSU should handle this?

Anyway, any advice would be appreciated. I suppose I'm coming to the experts on this board for their "blessing" on my choice of hardware.

Thanks,
Russel Pepper

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Tom Egan Sep 13, 2005, 12:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Raymond Mak Sep 13, 2005, 02:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Please do read the description before updating BIOS
To avoid crashing file system, please do update the chipset driver to below version prior to this Bios.
For WinXP 32bit system, please download and update chipset drivers V6.65 or later
For WinXP 64bit system, please download and update chipset drivers V6.65 or later
For Win2k/2003 32bit system, please download and update chipset drivers V6.66 or later
For Win2003 64bit system, please download and update chipset drivers V6.66 or later
(from the asus bios download page)

how do i update the chipset driver? or it doesnt matter?

Merc Sep 13, 2005, 03:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Russell-
What kind of PSU is it? Can you read off the amps on the 12v rail? I'd strongly recommend a much stronger PSU regardless.

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
Russel Pepper Sep 13, 2005, 03:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc:

I had posted that at work before I went home for my lunch break. I checked it out and the 12V rail is woefully underpowered at 17A...so I'm off to buy an Antec TruePower 550 tonight. That ought to do the trick...right? :)

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Merc Sep 13, 2005, 03:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 13, 2005, 03:24pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Russell-
The 7800 may not be happy with that low of amps. Check out this link on the Antec.http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/200507111/stresstest-09.html
You can do better for the money. The benchmarks tests at the bottom (blue colored link) tell the story on all the PSU's THG tested. THG really liked this model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817151025

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
Dave Facey Sep 13, 2005, 04:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tom,

I know this isn't much comfort to you, but it's kind of comforting to me to know that someone else is having exactly the same problem with me, with exactly the same spec. I've sent my mother baord to my retailer, if they return it to me then how do I send it directly to Asus instead? There technical support department (who I think are based in china) by all the smiley faces and broken english. In their replies never mentioned sending it directly to Asus themselves. Did you need and RMA number? Oh, just to complicate matters even further I am based in the UK.

To be quite honest, I might just buy a new motherboard anyway, perhaps an Abit? MSI?

cheers


Tom Egan Sep 13, 2005, 06:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dave,

Below is a copy of the letter Asus emailed to me about my RMA. I think technical support just got sick of talking to me everyday and took the initial steps setting up the RMA before transferring me to the RMA dept. I paid for shipping it to them, they pay shipping back. Not sure how all this would work internationally. I agree, misery does love company, I thought I might be alone before I found this site. I'm reinstalling the board tomorrow and if it's still no go, "class action" anyone? anyone? Bullocks! I'm building another PC and am going to try this:

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Heard good things about it. Let's stay in touch. Tom


Dear Valued Customer:

****PLEASE READ ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THIS EMAIL BEFORE SHIPPING YOUR PRODUCT BACK TO ASUS****

Your RMA# is Ek581828. Please keep your RMA# on hand, as you must provide it to the Customer Service Rep for any status checks at (510) 739-3777 Ext. 5105. The RMA process run approximately 10 BUSINESS DAYS (excludes ALL holidays, weekends, and transit time back to you from the date your product is RECEIVED AT OUR FACILITY. Customer's are responsible for 1 way freight to ASUS. Our standard shipping is FedEx Ground. Once your product has been shipped out, you will receive an email notification providing you with the tracking #.

Note that your item will be shipped back to the Address you have provided us in our database.

****Please note if your product is one of the following, please return your product with the following accessory:

P5 series Motherboards - Please make sure to put the CPU Cap back on the motherboard to prevent pins from bending. If it is returned without the CPU Cap the product may incur a fee to have the product repaired or rejected back to you.

A8N SLI Deluxe - If you use only 1 video card with this product, please return the EZ Selector Card so that it may be properly tested as well.****

You must write your RMA# on the outside of the package. (If you do not write the RMA# on the outside of your package your product will be rejected at the time of delivery).

Attention your package to the RMA department. Do not attention your package to an RMA Representative, unless instructed otherwise.

Do NOT include any accessories such as manuals, software, CPU, memory, retention mechanisms or clips, cables, or your original box. If you send any of the above mentioned items they WILL NOT be returned or replaced.

Also to insure proper troubleshooting / testing, please include a brief description of the problem you are experiencing with your ASUS product, any troubleshooting steps you may have tried, AND your CASE# from our technical support team if given one.

Please be sure to package return product very carefully to prevent damage during transit. ASUS is NOT responsible for losses or damages incurred due to shipping / improper packaging. We recommend two inches of padding all the way around your product itself. You MUST package your product in a box.

Physical damage is NOT covered under your ASUS warranty under NO circumstances and automatically VOIDS your warranty on your product. This damage can include any shape or form of corner / edge damage, broken traces, broken CPU socket, and / or burns. If you do send a product in that is physical damage, you will be notified and the product will be either repaired / replaced for a fee or rejected.

ASUS WILL REJECT ANY PRODUCTS PACKAGED IN AN ENVELOPE!



** ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (USA) is a warranty repair service center. Please contact your place of purchase for credit, refund, upgrade. ASUS does not provide these services under any circumstances.

**RMA numbers that begin with (ei)

Ship to address:

ASUS Computer International

Attn: RMA Dept, RMA# _____________

44370 Nobel Drive

Fremont, CA 94538

510-739-3777

**RMA numbers that begin with (EK)

Ship to address:

ASUS Technology Service

Attn: RMA Dept, RMA# _____________

7100 Intermodal Drive, STE# A

Louisville, KY 40258



Best regards,

C004

ASUS RMA Dept.

*** PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. ANY INQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL RMA@ASUS.COM OR CALL 510-739-3777 OPT.3




Dave Facey Sep 14, 2005, 03:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Tom,

I'll see what comes back from my Uk retailer first. Hopefully they will test it, and send me a replacement board (hopefully something different). If not then I will pester Asus then pester them someore and send it back to their UK RMA dept and see what's what. If not, it's going to make a nice piece of modern art.

In the mean time, I'll just have to twiddle my thumbs of an evening rather than spend it producutively in front of a screen.

Tom Egan Sep 14, 2005, 03:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just an update, received motherboard this morning back from Asus with a work order stating they replaced the "SLI Con Card", installed, went into bios, got a checksum error, cleared cmos, called tech support, no help. Began installation of Windows, phone rings. woman from Asus RMA Dept. calling back to let me know what the techs did to the board while they had it. She starts with, "I have bad news", they entered the wrong error code into the board? and they are not sure what they did to this board. I asked, could that mean it wasn't repaired at all and she said no it's been repaired but possibly not the repair I sent it in for?! She said she would send me a brand new board overnight, that she said would be tested before it left the warehouse. She admitted that Asus was having many problems with their chipset fans which was causing many other problems, though I doubt the one I've had. Unbelievable. Tom

Merc Sep 14, 2005, 06:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Freakin' ugly is the word for it. All because they tried to save $.05 on a stupid fan.

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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Edited: Sep 15, 2005, 09:36am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hey all, just thought I'd update on my situation. My system is running great - 17,252 3D Marks in '03. Stable, cool...love this mobo. Anyway, on the PSU issue...I don't have the number on me at this very moment, but I purchased an Enermax 535W PSU that has 2 12V rails at 18A a piece (box claims 35A total between the two) and it seems to provide all the juice the card requires. Plus Enermax designed it with SLI in mind, so it's got 2 PCI x16 power leads. All in all, a nice PSU (if not one of the recommended ones). I would've gone for any on the list, and I looked for the one that you recommended Merc, but in Columbus, OH we don't exactly have a Fry's....the best I could do was Microcenter (don't know if it's just a local or a franchise). We have CompUSA, but I prefer to talk with competent salespeople and pay the MSRP rather than $50 over. :) Anyway, sorry to hear the bad luck with the one board....hope the new one Asus gives you works out.

A special thanks for be so courteous and willing to help! I think you'll be seeing more of me on this forum!

Russel

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM

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