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Brandon Laing Sep 16, 2005, 09:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thought I'd update my status as well here, from the previous page. I'm getting the same errors as Tom and Dave are, running with a BFG 6800GT. I also have tried multiple power supplies, and multiple video cards with no results. Either my video will go out entirely and require me to power down the system (sometimes multiple times) to get it back, or I get warning messages about my video card not receiving enough power after a few minutes of gameplay. This is on a Antec Neopower 480 PS right now.

I hoped it was a system conflict thing with my Audigy 2, but no such luck, Removing the board doesn't help any unfortunately, so I'm left with the belief that this board is bad.

Luckily, I purchased the board through Newegg. They will do a product RMA for a year on most things after you buy something from them. I wrote up a description and submitted an RMA request through them and am going to send it back for a replacement. I've not heard anything back from Asus yet after submitting multiple requests through them, so this works out great.

Don't know if this will help anyone, but I figured I'd throw it out there, just in case.

P.S. Tom, did Asus overnight you a board like they said they would? As you seem to have the exact same issues as me, I'm very curious to know if a new board takes care of it for you.

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Tom Egan Sep 16, 2005, 11:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Here's the update, I continued to work with the original board I sent to Asus for repair, I wrote zeros to the Raptor, installed XP Pro with SP2, loaded the latest Ethernet and SMBus drivers, avoiding the IDE drivers off the Nvidia chipset software. I loaded the latest Nvidia driver for the graphics card and the latest drivers for the Audigy. Loaded Doom3, Juiced, Toca2. Everything worked great that evening. Woke up the next morning, turned the rig on, left the room, came back to find the "system has recovered from a serious error" message. Shizer. Error code 102, "The semaphore is set and cannot be closed". Called Asus customer service to find out exactly what they did to the board while they had it. Seems they replaced the SLI card ( the one you turn over from single card to SLI) They transferred me to the men behind the curtain at Oz, The wizards of Level 3 Tech Support! A man named Nick reviewed my case, and to his credit, was the most thorough of any tech support help I've gotten through this 5 month fiasco. While we were on the phone, the new board arrived from Fedex. He wanted me to do an out of case installation. The MB on the box it came in, CPU, heatsink and fan, 1 stick of RAM in the B1 slot, power supply, graphics card, 1 optical drive, no floppy if using the Nvidia SATA connectors for the HD, keyboard and mouse, no Audigy or audio drivers. Then go into BIOS, set the memory timings for the RAM and change the boot sequence to load Windows. If all went well, I was to load Prime95 in conjunction with 3D Mark 2003 or 2005 and let them run overnight. Well.... while loading Windows I received a prompt stating that the DTC Service could not be installed. Called Asus Level 3, they had never heard of this message, would research it and get back to me. We talked about how a bad motherbord can corrupt Windows but most probably not during installation. Now I'm thinking I have a bad copy of Windows. I'm calling the company I bought the disk from to see about another copy. I was totally defeated last night, literally spent from fighting this for 5 months. I live in a house on a cliff with a river below and visualized heaving this $2000.00 rig and watch it tumble and break apart as it finds its resting place with the trout at the bottom of the river. I now have 2 A8NSLI motherboards that I think I'll hold for ransom to get my money back, $175.00 I paid to Newegg plus $5.00 shipping. I wish you all better luck. Tom

Merc Sep 16, 2005, 02:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tom-
The problem here, and I have seen it over and over again, is that the hardware is being blamed for a problem caused by something else. Bad HDD, bad PSU, bad RAM, bad software. Oh that damn A8N SLI Deluxe. Most of the problems discussed in this thread have nothing to do with the A8N SLI Deluxe. There have been a few just plain bad boards and the chipset fan is definitely a bad piece and very flawed but this board runs very well in 1.5 million systems.

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
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Tom Egan Sep 16, 2005, 04:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc,

This isn't the only message board I look at, there seems to be many people across the country experiencing issues with the BFG 6800GT and the Asus A8NSLI. I appreciate your loyalty to Asus, before this rig I would not use any other manufacturer's motherboard. You have any constructive advice, I'm all ears. Thanks Tom

Russel Pepper Sep 16, 2005, 05:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey, can we all just look on the bright side? At least it ain't a Soyo board...god...what the hell was I thinking when I built a system using the KT400 Dragon...thank heaven for nForce...VIA chipsets were killing me.

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Dean Edward Sep 16, 2005, 08:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> OFF TOPIC request
Can anyone that has a Leadtek 6600 or 6800 SLI set-up and would be willing to sell me their extra dongle please leave me a message? My HDTV to S-video connector was broken a day after i got the card and i can't use the PC on my HDTV without the dongle.

Thanks, and sorry for the off topic request.

deanedward7@gmail.com

John Mackay Sep 19, 2005, 03:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 19, 2005, 03:16am EDT

 
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I have my A8N-SLI system up and running but there is one issue. I used the hard drive that was my main drive in my A78N-x System.
WinXP booted ok and installed the new chipset 6.66 ok. But the nVidia ethernet controller has not installed.
Bios is 1013.

In device manager it has an exclamation mark. Trying to install the driver i get the message there is already a device with that service name or device name.

I am thinking this is a registry issue as it is seeing the controller in registry from the previous mobo.
Anyone know where in the registry this could be set?

Otherwise i'm gonna back the drive up and fdisk and start a fresh (which is what i should have done in the beginning lol.).

Thanks for any advice.

Boomer

Pd Fko Sep 19, 2005, 07:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi i have an ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe motherboard, with a AMD Venice 3500+ CPU and a Gigabyte GeForce 6600 turboforce graphics (only 1 though), 1gb dual corsair memory and my case came with a 20 pin 400W power supply - i brought a 20-24pin converter for the power supply but the system wont start up at all. When i press the power switch nothing happens - the light on the motherboard is on but the pc wont actually boot up. Do i need a more powerful power supply? or are there any other suggestions which someone could help me with.

Dave Facey Sep 19, 2005, 10:19am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Update from me. I sent the A8N-SLI back to my manufacturers and to my suprise, they actually found a fault with it and are replacing it. Although I am happy that they do not think I am mad and actually agree there is a problem, I am slightly concerned that it will be replaced with an identical board which will also not be compatible with my BFG6800GT, but then I shouldn't be so negative.

I will let you know what happens once I receive the replacement board and rebuild the system. fingers, toes, and everything else crossed.

Russel Pepper Sep 19, 2005, 10:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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John/Boomer:

Are you saying that you upgraded your motherboard but tried to keep your old WinXP installation? If that's the case, I would definitely recommend formatting and starting fresh. I've tried that in the past and it has caused me more headaches than it was worth. It's pretty much too major an upgrade to expect XP to understand/handle (that OS has enough problems with minor upgrades) Speaking from experience, just format and go from scratch. Upgrading your mobo on a current XP install will cause too many driver issues to make it worth it.

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Durman Jackson Sep 19, 2005, 10:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks to this forum, I've been able to fix all of my A8N-SLI Deluxe problems but one. My hard disk drive activity light constantly flashes every couple of seconds. I'm running Windows XP Pro. It does not flash if I boot the computer using a boot disk. I'm using a True Power 550 power supply with only one video card. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Boomer Sep 19, 2005, 11:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah, i bit the bullet and started from scratch. The Nvidia ethernet controller is there now, all is good. Just installing WinXPsp2 atm.

Jacob Merrill Sep 19, 2005, 12:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 19, 2005, 12:34pm EDT

 
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I have an HIS X850 XT Turbo graphics card. It has a huge cooling system on it. Now I think it fits the slot but it touches the chipset fan. However when I turn the computer on the monitor acts as if it is not connected. The fan for the graphics card isn't running either but I have the power cable connected

Merc Sep 19, 2005, 02:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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jacob-
it doesn't sound like that card is getting fully seated in the PCIe slot. I haven't heard of a problem like this before, is the card or chipset fan modified in some way?

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
Jacob Merrill Sep 19, 2005, 04:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It's cool I got it working now. But I have to flash my bios right for it to support venice cores? Asus reccomends I update chipset driver first. But I can't do that cos I can't get into windows. What should I do?

Jacob Merrill Sep 19, 2005, 04:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My computer boots up to a certain point but then a blue screen with writing comes up but as soon as it comes up the system reboots. Any ideas?

Bill Bartuska Sep 20, 2005, 01:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What happened or what did you do just before the problem started?

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Jacob Merrill Sep 20, 2005, 06:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well I installed new mb, cpu, memory and graphics card.

Russel Pepper Sep 20, 2005, 09:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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When you installed all of that stuff, did you format your hard disk and reinstall Windows? Because that will definitely cause it. Also, if you have the means, check to be sure the RAM is good by removing one stick at a time and swapping with different RAM if you have it. When Windows locks up on boot like that, it's usually a memory problem or a driver issue.

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Adam Wahlgren Sep 20, 2005, 11:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello I am a longtime Forum reader but first time poster, I purchased the A8N-SLI Deluxe Dec 30 2004 and after just enough parts to get it up and running I built the system on January 25 2005. It has been running almost 24/7 since, with only a couple problems.
My Specs
Thermaltake Tsunami Case 2 120 mm fans intake and exhaust 1 80 mm side intake
500w Ultra Connect P/S
AMD 64 3500+ Winchester CPU stock cooler
ATI x300 128mb video card (yes I know I blew my savings fixing my car)
Micron tech generic 512mb pc2100 ram
36GB Raptor on Nvidia SATA 1
180 GB maxtor on IDE 2
16x Maddog DVD Burner on IDE1
52x Maddog cd/rw DVD player on IDE1
I have the 1013 Bios loaded 6.66 and new chipset drivers.
Win XP and SP2
I also have the original chipset fan which DID get a little loud about 2 months ago so I took it apart and added some silicon grease and now its quiet and working great (for now)
My problems have mostly been self inflicted... bios loads went bad a couple times and also the silly VGA not detected fault. I had to reseat the little SLI circuit card a couple times to fix that problem.
Other than that no other problems.

Now the heart of my post... I finally have all the money I need to finish building the dream system so some input would be greatly appreciated.
I have the 2GB OCZ pc-4000 gold kit in the mail. I am thinking of ordering a couple of the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked cards. i have read 4 reviews and all give it great ratings... only couple hits on the warranty. Has anyone had any problems with this card... single or SLI? Anyone recommend a better cooling method (not water I dont think the Tsunami case is good for it.)
What Power supply would you all recommend?
I mostly use my computer for Gaming with some side hobbies such as video/pic editing and DVD recording. Which is better the FX-57 or the X2-4800? Anyone got a good CPU cooler to suggest?
Should I wait for the next version of Windows or will the XP64 do me any good?
Last I am going to go ahead and swap the chipset cooler just in case... some recomendations would be appreciated.

Thanks
Adam


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