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SemperFi77 Sep 22, 2005, 06:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 22, 2005, 06:48am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hopefully I'm not posting a problem someone else reported. I've recently returned from deployment and started building this beast. Here's the story thus far:

I installed liquid cooling blocks to the cpu and the video cards and tested the system to ensure no leaks. After that I installed two SATA WD Raptor drives on the NVIDIA section of the mainboard using ports one and two. Also installed two IDE DVD burners one set to master and the other to slave mode. Installed two sticks of Corsair DDR 400 RAM (1 gig per stick). After making all power connection and data connections (I'm using a PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI) I turned on power. Initially I installed an AMD 3000 single core processor and set the graphics cards (2 BFG 6800 Ultras) to single mode vice SLI. After power up I flashed to BIOS version 1008, then entered BIOS and changed the settings using Sander's suggestions on page one of this thread. After reboot I elected to install Windows XP Pro SP2 on one of the Raptors. That went without a hitch. After getting into Windows I upgraded the NVidia chipset to version 6.66 and, after reboot, installed the latest Nvidia graphics driver. No problems encountered. Next I rebooted and flashed the BIOS to version 1013. Rebooted and went into Windows without any problems.

Tonight I decided to swap out the processor installing the X2 4800+. After making the swap I powered up and - no video. I double checked connections and even powered down the computer to wipe the CMOS (removed battery and moved jumper per manual). Powered back up and still no video. Anyone have any suggestions/thoughts? Basically the only difference between a working system and one with no video was my swapping out the CPUs. I had hoped that by carefully upgrading the BIOS I'd be able to run a dual core but am stumped on this. I should also mention that I am now unable to use the soft power switch on the front of the case to power down the system. I have to use the switch on the power supply.

Appreciate any and all assistance. Stay safe. Semper Fi, Kerry

"Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas" (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever) United States Marines
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Dave Facey Sep 22, 2005, 08:32am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Update from me.

Sent the Motherboard back to my retailer because I was getting the NVIDIA sentinel telling me that the settings have been reduced because the graphics card is receiving insufficient power, they have the replaced the motherboard with an identical new one, and exactly the same problem occurs. I am no further on with hti BFG 6800GT and Asus A8n-SLI problem. Neither manufacturer will accept that there is a problem, so my only alternative is to buy a new motherboard out of my own money, and use that one. I will never buy Asus again.


Merc Sep 22, 2005, 09:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Semper Fi-
Triple check your connections and then reset the CMOS/BIOS again. Make sure you are unplugged from the wall when you do it. If still no joy then do a barebones boot as per the instructions on page 185 (ref. Mikkos) as there is some kind of conflict occurring hardware-wise IMO. PM me if that doesn't work and we can go IM for more help (retired Navy here)

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 Eson Sep 22, 2005, 05:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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A8N-SLI hangs on shutdown or restart after enabling NV RAID controller.

My system has been stable for many months. Yesterday, I upgraded with 2 new WD 250GB SATA2 drives. Configured in RAID '0'. Everything works fine EXCEPT my system will hang in the very final step of a shutdown or restart. If I disable the RAID controller the system will restart or shutdown just fine.

I am using 1013 bios and have tried ASUS 6.65 and NVIDIA sites 6.66.

Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
1GB Kingston HyperX 3500
Boot drive is WD 36GB Raptor SATA (SATA1 port on NV SATA
The new RAID 0 is storage for large video editting, etc. (not a boot drive) connected on SATA2 and SATA3 plugs
LiteOn IDE DVD RW


Anyone have any suggestions or found a way to work around this?

Many thanks,
Dave

Merc Sep 22, 2005, 07:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dave-
The only way I could fix this was to reload windows. It had gotten corrupted and was stopping shutdowns.

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
mattyboy Sep 22, 2005, 08:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Same thing happen to me except I have the Premium model. I re-did windows and I used the Silicon Image raid controllers for my raid 0 array the next time and it was fine. Hopefully its not a permenant thing when using the Nvidia raid controller!!

ASUS A8N SLI Premium
3700+ (San Diego)
2 x 74GB Raptors in RAID 0
BFG 7800GTX :)
2 x 1gb modules of OCZ Platinum
SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Music
OCZ Modstream 520W PSU
BenQ 1620 DVD-RW
BenQ 1610 DVD-RW
LG 4163 DVD-RW
LG 4167 DVD-RW



Zachary M Sep 22, 2005, 10:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 22, 2005, 10:47pm EDT

 
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I currently Have This MoBo and am running 2 W.D. Raptors in raid 0. After and while installing windows my computer will not restart automatically or shutdown either. With all of windows restarts when you load a program or patch this is really starting to get anoying. I have updated Bios and have all the latest drivers so im kinda stumped. I even reinstalled to see if i selected something inproperly but nothing same prob. Everything else works 100% ok but the reboot/power off thing is really starting to annoy me. Any thoughts?

asus A8n-sli Deluxe
2x Nvidia 7800 GTX SLI Mode
2x W.D. 36Gb Raptors Raid 0 nvidia raid controllers
2X W.D. 74Gb Raptors Raid 0 nvidia raid controllers
2 Gb Corsair XMS pro PC 3200
Amd X-2 4800+

mattyboy Sep 22, 2005, 11:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
well like it says in my post above, it could be the Nvidia controllers. Does the deluxe have any others?

ASUS A8N SLI Premium
3700+ (San Diego)
2 x 74GB Raptors in RAID 0
BFG 7800GTX :)
2 x 1gb modules of OCZ Platinum
SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Music
OCZ Modstream 520W PSU
BenQ 1620 DVD-RW
BenQ 1610 DVD-RW
LG 4163 DVD-RW
LG 4167 DVD-RW



SemperFi77 Sep 23, 2005, 03:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc - Many thanks for your quick and informative response. I took a gander at the post you referred to on page 184 and elected to go with that approach. I've disconnected all data connectors to the mainboard (2 SATA and one IDE), removed one stick of RAM (currently have one stick - 1 gig - in slot B1), even disconnected the mouse only have an old PS2 keyboard connected to the board externally along with the monitor cable connected to the 6800 Ultra card in PCI-e slot 1. I reset the CMOS with the power cord removed. After reinstalling the battery and reconnecting the power cord I now have video. I entered the BIOS and changed settings per page 1 of this thread. After performing a save and restart the system seemed a bit odd - the monitor stopped receiving video momentarily - I heard the computer beep once and the monitor light went green for about 3 seconds then amber again. Another single beep sounded and the splash screen came up (that's one thing I didn't disable). The system successfully POSTed and then hung after not finding any bootable drive. At this point I tried to soft power off - still no joy on that aspect. I have not disconnected power to the installed drives and will try that next to see if makes any difference. I'll take you up on your offer to chat online about the problem - but am wondering where you're located Stateside? - I'm 13 hours ahead of the east coast U.S. Greatly appreciate your help - good to have a former Naval aviator helping me out! Semper Fi, Kerry

"Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas" (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever) United States Marines
Merc Sep 23, 2005, 11:18am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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SemperFi-
My OCS was down in Pensacola with a Marine DI (AOCS) so the Marines have always had a special place in my heart LOL.

Anyways, your boot sounded normal and the POST was good so I would leave the Jumperfree Settings and DRAM Settings at auto for now and then hook up then hook up the RAM, then the floppy and then the CD/DVD drives to see if they show up in POST and/or cause a conflict.

If all is well then go ahead and hook up the HDD with your OS on it and see if you can get to windows. If you can get to windows and everything is stable then plug in the other HDD's. If you are still getting a good boot and all, then try SLI. Hopefully the problem will show itself during this process. I'll PM you abput when I can get on MS messenger.

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
1 x 640
Dan Rudman Sep 23, 2005, 11:18am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 23, 2005, 11:27am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ [RAID/SATA-II]
Wow, what a forum! Hope you guys can help me. My goal: Windows XP Pro SP2 running on a RAID-5 set of 4x250G SATA-II (3.0GB/s spec WD) drives. I've always wanted a terabyte system :-) BTW, I ordered my barebones from Monarch Computer, so the motherboard, RAM, CPU, fan, and heatsink were all built and tested in their labs. Very nice service.

My first attempts have been "interesting" (that's my positive attitude term for "frustrating")). I installed the drives in the Silicon Images controller because, looking at the docs, it appeared to me this was the only way to accomplish RAID5. I have since noticed RAID5 driivers for the nVIDIA controller, but have not tried that. I'm stubbornly wanting to make the Sil work first.

I went through the BIOS and disabled the nVIDIA controller and enabled RAID for the Sil. I also created a RAID5 set for the 4 drives. On boot, the BIOS recognizes the RADI set and all 4 drives.

I quickly discovered the need for a floppy drive when Windows didn't find any drives and I had to go back and read through the manuals. After ripping one out of an old PII box I had, I managed to create the disk from the Asus Support CD as illustrated in the manual. Here's where the weirdness begins -- and I'm not along in this problem as I've seen others in forums around the net with the same.

When I F6 on setup, it successfully loads the drivers from the floppy. Windows setup recognizes the RAID5 as a single ~700G drive and I am able to do quick format (is there any beneift to the longer format?) and partition the drives into a 250G and a 400G arrangement.

Unfortunately, when I click ENTER to install Windows XP Pro, it produces the very unsavory and useless error message "Cannot copy xxxxxx", where xxxxx is the filename of each of the driver files loaded on the floppy.

Mental checklist:

1) If the files were read from the floppy before, then the floppy drive is reading just fine. Check off the floppy drive okay.

2) If the drives are recognized in the BIOS and by Windows setup, then they are probably ok. I'm not ready to check off either as okay, however, because I'm not sure recognition is enough to do so.

3) If a format was possible, then the drives are not in a read-only state. They are all brand new and handled with care. Because the format was successful and everyone recognized them, I'm comfortable checking off the drives as ok.

4) Somebody said the Sil was SATA and the nVIDIA was SATA-II. I thought they were both SATA-II. My drives are SATA-II and I want SATA-II RAID5, so maybe there's an issue there.

5) Mobo was installed very carefully with a static wrist guard, etc. Could be the mobo, but I highly doubt it. I know a lot of people on this forum have had troubles with the mobo, but I believe this is something else entirely. This feels like something simple I'm missing.

Okay. I'm open to suggestions! As we speak, I'm trying to get together all the floppies and things I'll need to ensure everything is updated. Not sure what all I'll need so I'm grabbing everything. I do NOT have Windows or any other OS installed yet (this is a brand new rig).

Appreciate any advice that works!

Dan

P.S. I'm floored that I need a floppy drive in 2005. My other desktop box, a Dell Dimension 8600, doesn't have one and neither does the rig I'm trying to build. I couldn't see a way to MAKE the disks (other than via the Support CD) at first, but now I remember I have an Inspiron laptop laying around that has a floppy and is running Windows XP Pro... so that should work. Unbelievable. Why, why, why don't we have systems that recognize USB 2.0 drives at the BIOS level? *sigh*

RIG DETAILS:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe NForce 4 939
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939 Pin 90nm
Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL 1GB (2x512) PC3200
Shin-Etsu Thermal Grease (G675)
Antec NeoPower 480W ATX
(4) WD 250GB Serial ATA II 7200 RPM Hard Drive (4xWD2500JS)
Audigy 2 Sound Card (PCI)
FSO/FXO Modem (PCI)
RocketPort 32 Serial Port Expander (PCI)
Enlight EN8990 4U Rackmount Case
EN8990 Rail Kit
Sapphire X300SE video card (PCIe)
Some old crappy IDE CD-ROM (temporary until DVD purchased)
Some old crappy floppy drive (temporary until system installed)

Merc Sep 23, 2005, 11:40am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dan-
I am pretty sure that only the Sil will do RAID 5. You can run a RAID 0+1 on the NVIDIA controller, though, and you may want to look at that as the NVIDIA controller has a faster read/write since it doesn't go through the PCI bus.

Try this, make a partition that is just for the OS and nothing else. With XP-Home I fit mine into 8GB and never load anything else in there that doen't absolutely need to be in there. You may need a bigger partition for Pro so make C: a 12GB-15GB partition, do a full format of C: and then load XP-Pro into there.

Having the OS in its own partition is good for a lot of reasons but for our purposes just try it to see if you can get past the initial driver read issues. If you want to change later then go back and reinstall XP as you want it. The 12GB-15GB partition, fully formatted, is relatively quick and easy to accomplish and will eliminate the quick format as being the problem, one way or another.

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
Dan Rudman Sep 23, 2005, 11:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Fair enough. I'll try that tonight if all else fails. I've done a setup that way in the past (for all the right reasons) but found that it's not as good as it should be because lots of software doesn't LIKE being anywhere except the C: drive. Unfortunate, but reality. But like you said, as a troubleshooting tool, that's a good idea.

Regarding the RAID5, what is THIS if nVidia doesn't support RAID5? Confusion reigns supreme ;-)

http://www.nvidia.com/object/feature_raid.html


Thanks,
Dan

Dan Rudman Sep 23, 2005, 11:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Actually, hold the phone. I don't think the partitioning will help -- after all, I *did* make two partitions. At first I thought you were saying to take one entire drive off the RAID (so it's RAID5 on 3, plain on 1).

Did I miss something?

Dave Eson Sep 23, 2005, 01:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Updated to 'Hang on Shutdown / Restart' using NVRAID above (Dave post)

Few observations...

The 6.65 and 6.66 appear be the same SATA raid drivers based on looking at files comparisons, etc.

Tested using the SIL raid controller. Everything restart and shuts down fine. Performance is lower due to NO SATA 2 support on SIL controller. Probably also due to PCI vs. chipset. Not very interested in this option.

Tested installing the 2 SATA2 drives typical single drive method. Works fine but still lacking on the performance due to just one drive. Restarts and shutdown just fine.

On ASUS site I see something mentioned about Dynamic vs. Basic initialization on disk. Someone mentions not using Dynamic becuase this is for software disk configs not hardware configs. I DID use Dynamic before because it basically steps you through it.

Final time, I resetup NVRAID with the 2 WD SATA2 250GB in RAID 0. Remember this is on 1013 and 6.65/6.66 drivers. Setup Raid Set with NVRAID BIOS utility. Drives on port 3 and 4. Port 2 empty. Port 1 has my 36GB raptor boot / Win XP Pro OS (not RAID'ed)

Selected BASIC and Not DYNAMIC DISK. Partitioned, quick formatted. Tested with HD Tach. Looks good at 264MB/s Burst read, 101MB/s Avg Read, 13ms access time.

Try shutdown and restart. NOW IT IS WORKING AS EXPECTED. Is this a fluke? Maybe. I hesitate to switch back to dynamic to test for sure as it is now working. I will post if it goes back to the hang on shutdown or restart.

Thanks for all the replies above.

=Dave

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Dan-
Thought maybe a fully formatted partition would change the dynamics. Give it a shot, it is just a 20 minute exercise.

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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Listen, I read many other forums threads about this, but when creating a RAID array (NVRAID) the drivers included on the floppy disc that COMES WITH the motherboard dont work for some reason. After Downloading the newer chipset drivers, thus getting the newer (or just different/fresher set) ones I loaded those to a floppy then reinstalled windows and used that floppy for the F6 portion of the OS install and it was fine. There must be a bad abtch of floppy drivers floating around, because this has been the countless troubles for many people who tried to set up ANY raid array when the first cracked the box open of this MOBO.

ASUS A8N SLI Premium
3700+ (San Diego)
2 x 74GB Raptors in RAID 0
BFG 7800GTX :)
2 x 1gb modules of OCZ Platinum
SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Music
OCZ Modstream 520W PSU
BenQ 1620 DVD-RW
BenQ 1610 DVD-RW
LG 4163 DVD-RW
LG 4167 DVD-RW



Dan Rudman Sep 24, 2005, 01:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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So here's a recap of my night.

Got home, decided to do a slipstream CD. After a DOZEN tries (yes, that's a dozen disks in the trash) I finally got my system past the initial setup and into the Windows XP Pro install.

Went to watch TV while it finished up. Looked back about 10 minutes later and it had crashed hard with a STOP 0x0000000F4 - a process or thread Crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated. Grrr.

Ran it again and watched it repeat this error. Ok, definitely something wrong.

Got super p**sed off and yanked an 8.4GB IDE drive out of my old P2 box and stuffed that in. Deleted all things RAID from the BIOS. Ran the install and lo and behold everything went great. Got all the way through the install. Great. Wonderful. Now where the HELL is my TERABYTE OF SATA drives!?

Ran the driver installers from the Asus Support CD. Probably a stupid idea. Re-established a SiI 3114 RAID5 set in the BIOS. Now I have the SII3114RAID5 array manager working. It shows 4 legacy drives (I want to be able to boot to the RAID so that's good). Strangely, after a few minutes of looking at this screen, the Legacy drives suddenly become orphaned. I'm unable to operate on the thing before this happens, and definitely unable to operate on it afterwards. No clue what happened.

One potential problem is my CDROM drive, which I've observed hogging the bus. In fact, if I put a CD in the drive, it spins continuously and locks WIndows completely. I have a bad feeling I've got the wrong jumpers in there. Unfortunately it's crammed pretty well into the rackmount case and so it's going to take me some time to haul it out and look at it. Grrrrr.

So now I have an 8.4GB IDE install of WIndows. Useless.

To make matters worse, I noticed during all of this that I was sent four WD2500JD (SATA150) drives instead of the WD2500JS (SATAII-3.0Gbps) I ordered and as indicated on my packing slip. Son of a... now I have to do an RMA with CompUplus which will delay my figuring out the whole RAID thing.

I dont have enough hair on my head to pull it out, so I'll need a new way to vent my frustrations...

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I need help getting SLI to work in my rig. I am sure it is a BIOS/driver issue. Both cards work seperate but not together in SLI. I've updated the BIOS and drivers to the newest thinking everthing would work...stupid huh? They both show up in safe mode but if I try to enable SLI in the BIOS, Windows locks at startup. Is there anyone who has dual MSI NX6600GT's working?...If there is could you tell me the BIOS version you got to work or what you had to do to get it to work.

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice
A8N-SLI Premium (1013)
1GIG (2X512) Corsair ValueRam
2 - MSI NX6600GT 128 DDR3 (matching newest version updated with MSI live update)
Antec 550 Truepower 2.0
80G Samsung SATA HD
160G Samsung SATA HD

Paul Mullins Sep 24, 2005, 07:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

I've spent hours ploughing through this great forum but failed to find any mention of a problem like mine. If I've missed something perhaps someone can point be to the relevant page, if not has anyone got any ideas how to solve the probelm outlined below?

I fininshed my first ever build a few days ago and followed the instructions on page 1 of this FAQ. Everything seemed to work and after re-boot BIOS was confirmed as Ver 1008 but I could not open either one of the optical drives.

I started over again, following page 185 (or is it 184?) and page 1. Same result. On re-boot I end up with a screen which says "Detecting Array" but nothing else happens.

When I try to open the optical drives the LED on the DVD-RW lights, is steady for about 30 seconds then goes out but it does not open. With the ROM the LED flashes for a few seconds then goes out, again without opening.

I should mention that the SATA drives and the optical drives are recognised in BIOS.

Any help to solved this probelm would be greatly appreciated. If Mrs M finds out that I've spent all this money and time on something that doesn't work I'm deal meat!!

Regards

Paul

Asus A8N-SLI-DX. Akassa Eclips 62 Case. Hiper 525W.
Athlon 3500+.
128 Inno 3D6600GT PCI-X.
OZC DDR PC3200 2x512.
DVD R/RW. DVD ROM.
2x Hitachi Deskstar SATA 250Gb.
Mitsumi FDD. 2x120mm case fans.

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