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Merc Oct 03, 2005, 05:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Kris A.-
You could probably use a bigger PSU but I don't think your problem is from that. 400 watts is actually the peak power. The niminal is more likely 300 and you'd probably peak at 340 or so. You are right at the point where you could find your system crashing now and again, due to lack of power, if you add another drive or something.

You have a lot of differnt video related items on there plus your pushing the RAM so I'd recommend that you just start experimenting till you find either the problem peripheral and/or balance everything out. I'd start by easing the RAM back to the SPD settings.

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
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi guys thanks for this website its been much help to me in the past ( so thanks ) anyway heres my problem i have what you might call a standard sli setup but im having 1 slight headach and its getting worse (lol pun) my sli monster keeps crashing @ random times and just freezes on what ever app im using now i have a movie that im trying to finnish and well a reinstall right now might not solve the problem just yet.
Im hoping it is the windows install i did @ campzone 2005 in a rush to play 2k4 and ccs \o/ but windows keeps crashing all the time and im wondering if its a heat problem or a general sata screw up either way i need to find out off you nice folks is have you come across this before with this motherboard, i have flashed bois from 1002 to 1004 to 1007 then i tryed 1011 but it was cak so back to 1007 works fine now :D but this bloddy thing keeps freezing 4 -5 times a day windows always seems fine after:D but cant help thinking that its going to damage windows somehow :( system specs >>>>>>>>


ASUS a8n-sli deluxe -----bois version 1007
ASUS en6800ultras x2 sli mode (78.01)
corsair xms pro 1 gig ram ( digi )
3200 64bit cpu
audigy pro 4 sound card ;)
western digital Raptor 74 gig x 2 (sil RAID)
extra 200 gig space and 60 gig external
PSU 680w pure power Thermaltake duel sli rails

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Edited: Oct 05, 2005, 04:17am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc -
Thanx for the answer : I will try with Win XP tonight.

Anyway, I have another question about nForce4 Drivers.
While I was looking for infos, I read here and there that there were some trouble with part of the drivers.

I've read that Bios 1.007 is supposed to be used with 6.66 Drivers. Although, on Asus Site, 6.66 are marked Win2000-2003 while 6.65 is WinXp. And many users seem to report that 6.66 are crappy.
So 6.65 or 6.66 ? (I 've also downloaded 6.67 from Guru3d, just in case...).

Users also complain about the IDE SW Drivers. Assuming that those drivers are already running (thanx to XP), can I just bypass them ?

thanx in advance,

Fred.

Updated 5/10 : ok, it works fine on WinXP with 6.66 drivers. :)

Huckleberry Straight Oct 04, 2005, 09:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I'm running an 80GB hdd off of the SATA driver and two identical 200GB drives off of the Silicon Raid, I have now read on here that it would be better to run them off of the Nvidia Raid...can I change the drives over without losing data and having to reinstall windows?

What are the benefits and is there enough of a performance boost to warrant this?

THanks.

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Edited: Oct 21, 2005, 09:02am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Greetings to all comunity!

I know that compared to you all, I'm a really n00b user (just signed in to Forum) still I gained courage enough to post my issues because after all, it doesn't harm to ask...!

I've bought the A8N-SLI Deluxe a month ago, with Asus EN6600GT, AMD Athlon64 3500+, and put it 1,5GB RAM. Then I added my old SB Audigy 2 and a TV Card (See specs in signature). This was fine to me, a humble PC user...

Then the problems began: At the beguinning, I tryed to power the system but it would lock up in the very beguinning, with FAN of CPU running but no system boot just a blank screen. This was probably the buggy BIOS playing tricks on me. Anyway, it went back to the shop and they updated the BIOS there, since I had no extra 939-pin Motherboard to make the downloads.
Finally went I got the system back, I installed WINXP Pro x64 and then... I noticed that the onboard sound card wasn't working... and my Audigy 2 drivers told me that the card was NOT connected to the PCI Slot. And when I tried running my N6600GT software was bloked! I then went to the BIOS and disabled the internal sound card hoping that maybe it was conflict... but my Audigy 2 was still missing!!!!
Then I went to the A8N-SLI Deluxe manual to find out that nVidia Ethernet connection (also called LAN1, which I found out later NOT to be working) and PCI Slot 2 have shared IRQs. I then went to the BIOS/IRQ configuration, but the only options were PCI Slot or Reserved and I don't know what it means. I don't know what to do, because i'm a really Novice user but if pointed the way, I will go and change whatever it takes to make my system to run smoothly. That is why I posted this. And I would apreciate all help. If I missed any vital information say so and I'll be happy to provide it.

Again,help is apreciated!

Specs:
A8N-SLi Deluxe using BIOS ver.1013
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
1.5 GB RAM DDR400
Asus eXtreme N6600GT 128MB x1PCI-Express Main Slot
Eurotech 560W PSU
Creative Audigy 2 in PCISlot 3
Pinnacle CE3419 TV Card in PCISlot 2
160GB SATA HD in SATA
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Edited: Oct 05, 2005, 03:21am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc-

I ran several games while doing this volt meter test and i left it on while my computer ran for like 40 minutes then crashed. It never went under 11.90 and was always near or on 12volts. I don't suspect my PSU is at fault, I was using ASUS Probe initally and I watched it when i had my voltmeter on and the readings in ASUS probe were wayyy off. I upgraded my BIOS to 1013 the latest went thru asus's directions to CLRTC and remove the battery and everything i removed all the parts from the system and re installed them. I am still having this issue. I fear that it could be my motherboard, but because it only happens in game i will RMA my graphics card first. Also now that i upgraded my BIOS when my system crashes as a result of this all my BIOS settings are reset (which is fustrating). (yes i put the jumper back in the right spot) the battery was a pain to get out though im 95% positive i put it back in perfect or i wouldn't be writting this.

-Nick

Sir Loin Oct 05, 2005, 07:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ASUS A8N non deluxe stalling at startup screen and 9 times out of 10 doesn't get to the desktop.

First of all, apologies for cross posting this problem in the motherboard section of the forum, but I thought I'd try here as well being as my board is a variant of the Deluxe version. I'm tearing my hair out trying to find what's causing my problem. Can someone please help me as I've ran out of ideas as to the cause.

I've done a clean install of XP (32 bit) on an ASUS A8N (Non Deluxe) mainly to use the new 1011 BIOS as I'll be upgrading my CPU in the near future. I've also installed the 6.65 nforce 4 drivers off the ASUS site which they insist you install if you upgrade to the newest BIOS and I'm using 7.77 forceware for my 6600GT gfx card. My system was running fine with no problems whatsoever when I was running 1008 BIOS and 6.53 nforce drivers and the same 7.77 gfx drivers so I know the hardware is working correctly.

Now though, when it gets to the startup screen, the blue scrolling line just keeps scrolling. No error messages, when it does eventually boot in to Windows (after numerous manual reboots) there's no error messages in the event viewer either. I have no conflicts and device manager shows no problem devices. One thing I haven't installed is the Nvidia IDE drivers as I have had nothing but problems with these in the past and the Microsoft ones work just fine. I know if I went back to 1008 BIOS and 6.53 drivers, it'll work OK, but I shouldn't have to. I haven't done any overclocking either.

Can anyone give me a solution? Please? My system specs are;

ASUS A8N Non Deluxe Mobo
ASUS EN6600GT gfx card
2 x 80gb hitachi SATA drives in RAID 0
AMD 64 3200+ Winchester
LG 4163B DVD Writer

If anyone needs more information to help me, I'll supply it on request. Thanks in advance!

M C Oct 05, 2005, 10:25am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi, i have just purchased an A8N sli deluxe, but still haven't bought a PCIe Video card. can someone recomend a decent video card in the $180 - $200 range.
...and just thought i'd mention this: i had a regular PCI Video card laying around and so i tried using it in the mean-while to set up the system configure the RAID and install XP, BUT ended up stairing at a blank screen.
Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!

Tim Buescher Oct 05, 2005, 04:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all again good forum, I have a ASUS A8N-SLI non delux model, I was wondering if you guys had had problems at all with the chipset fan failing. Mine just went out on me when I recognized my monitor start to blink and no fan sound for the chipset. So I ordered a new fan from ASUS for free, but was wondeirng if anyone had any experiences with other chipset fans and heatsinks, also I was wondering when my new fan gets in if I will have to find some thermal paste or something, because right now I am not sure where to look if I have to have some. Thanks a lot all.

sincerely,
genubath

Merc Oct 06, 2005, 06:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bawitdaba-
11.9 is well within spec. That is a lot of fluctuation though and this board, as are a lot of the newer boards, is very sensitive to power fluctuations. As a comparison, my PSU goes from 12.12 at idle to 12.11 at overclocked heavy load. .01 instead of .1 variation. The spec states 5% variation though so yourreadings are within that spec.

That BIOS version, or any version, shouldn't zeroize your settings. Reseat that battery (yes it is a bitch to get at) and if that doesn't fix it then something else is very wrong. Have you figured out what that unknown device in Device manager is? Have you tried running the PC without the soundblaster?

Try that and if it doesn't help then you may need to reload windows as it may have gotten corrupted.

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
david walker Oct 06, 2005, 03:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have loaded xp pro sp2 on this motherboard and everything is working fine but when i try to install an audigy2 zs pci sound card it does not get recognised no matter what slot i try it in!!
I read somewhere that this motherboard has a weak power supply to it's pci slots and doesn't support 5v pci cards? is this true and is this the reason for my problem or do i have something else causing the fault


3500+ A64
1gb cosair vs
xfx 6800gt
tagan 480w uo22 psu
samsung spinpoint 120gb sataII

MIlky Oct 06, 2005, 11:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have an A8N SLI premium, and I have been using 2 512MB sticks of kingston PC 3200 RAM, KVR400X64C3A/512. I just bought another two sticks of the exact same RAM and when I install them, my computer doesn't boot windows. I hit F8 and delete to go to the boot menu or setup, but nothing happens cause its frozen when that screen starts. I took the stick out of the B2 slot and it works with 3 sticks at 1.5 gb RAM. I also tried it with the 3rd stick in the B2 slot instead of the A2 slot and it didn't work. So, It seems that whenever the last slot is in use it doesn't work. I was also wondering that if I was stuck with 3 sticks of RAM, would the 3rd stick stop the other two from running in dual channel mode, and which combination would be fastest?


XFX 7800GT
A8N SLI Premium
AMD64 3700 San Diego
Cooler Master Hyper 6+
Audigy 2 ZS
2GB OCZ PC3200 Platinum
Antec True Power 2.0
Logitech Z5300e
Turtlebeach EarForce Surround Headset
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc-

I haven't tryed running the system without my soundblaster. I think the unknown device is a 1394 host controller on the sound blaster card (which is really un needed for me i dont use it anyway and i got like 3 onboard). I updated my creative drivers and it still appeared there for some reason. That's the only PCI device I have. (I just added a tv tuner card, but that isn't it.)

I am now having a pain with this BIOS upgrade, I was getting errors when my system started up that it could not install hardware on the NVIDIA nForce side, so I decided to remove all of my nvidia drivers and get fresh ones off the website. I had some inital problems with duplicate devices showing up multiple times and failing to install but i resolved that by un-installing them a few times and they finally stoped comming back.

The one problem that I do have now is that under disk drives in my device manager my 160GB hard drive has always been listed as NVIDIA STRIP 149.04gb and still is, but for some reason if I goto View->Show Hidden Devices, I see the hard drive appear also under SCSI and RAID Controllers as WDC WD1600JS-00MHB0. That should NOT appear, and should NOT be listed under controllers. If i try to remove it, it forces me to reboot right away and then comes back after the reboot. I can't disabled it.

This also pops up when my machine starts and says failure to install hardware, "The name is already in use as either a serivce name or a service display name."

Device manager: http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/2779/devman2it.png

(Pay no attention to the other two unknown devices, im trying to get a TV tuner card to work which seems to be damn near impossible.)

Anyway I do feel that the BIOS re-setting could be an isolated incident, I will try and crash it out a few more times and see the results.

Update: The BIOS was re-setting due to the pins on the side of the battery not touching the battery (doh) i bent them back and made sure it made firm contact with the battery, this fixed this problem. The BIOS was only re-setting when the machine lost power or was unpluged, this appeared to happen when my machine crashed for the reason that I do not get power to my USB keyboard or mouse when I crash. I have to forcefully unplug the machine, restarting wont give me USB power back. (i have a USB keyboard)

-Nick

Thanks for the wonderfull help

Stephen Odgaard Oct 08, 2005, 06:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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have on the board below for a week now tried to get a stable RAID 0 boot array functioning with only very limited success.

I have tried both the onboard NVidia Controller, and the onboard SiI 3114 controller, but with out managing to getting a stable system.

A number of errors are shown, varying from the array going offline to downloaded files not passing CRC tests. Downloading the same file on my old computer works fine, and accessing the file on the old computer via a LAN posees no problem, leading me to think this is a RAID controller - HD comaptibilty problem.

I contacted ASUS by mail, but still havent got any response. I contacted WD by mail, and got a reply suggesting that I increase the timeout of the RAID controller towards the disks, as the disks not being able to respond to requests in time may be the problem.

The only problem is that neither in the NVidia nor in the SiI 3114 RAID setup have I found a place to see/set this timeout period.

Can anyone assist me in determining how this can be managed, or any other ideas on how to get the array stable.

-------------------------
S.

Tsunami Dream VA3000BNA - ASUS K8N SLI/Premium - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ - Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PRO
ASUS EN6800GT - Creative SB X-FI Extreme - Sapphire ATI Theatrix TV Tuner Card w remote
SeaSonic 12-600W - 2 x 250GB WD2500JS SATAII HD

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I've managed to find the solution to the problem I posted a couple of days ago so to help anyone else with the same problem, this is it. The reason my (and numerous others I found after doing lots of research) took an age to boot is down to the Nvidia Sata controller driver enabling NCQ on my hard drives. Even though my Hard drives are NCQ compatible, it is a well known issue with the Nvidia driver.

To prevent slow boot up and possible data corruption, just turn off NCQ in the driver properties in device manager.

Go to device manager, look for the SCSI and RAID controller entry and double click the NVIDIA nForce4 Serial RAID Controller, click the Primary Channel tab and untick Enable Command Queuing. If you have a RAID setup, do the same on the Secondary Channel and then reboot.

Since I did this, I've had no boot up issues and no event 51 errors in event viewer.

I hope this helps anyone with the same problem!

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So uh... I read the first few pages, and some other random ones.

But 200+ pages is too much to read... so I'm just going to ask some questions.

Basically: This is my first time building a computer, and I think I'm in over my head...

When I try to boot up my system, everything -sounds- ok... a bit of hard drive activity, CD-ROMs work, all the fans are on correctly, no POST though, and all the lights look like they're supposed to.

However... when I boot... I get no video at all. Monitor stays in 'sleep' status.

Here's my specs:
1 x Xion XION-SL Silver ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5INT 120MM Rear Fan 450W W/ Led Fan & Window (I got the converter for the PSU to hook it to my 24pin mobo)
1 x AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ PROCESSOR S939 VENICE 2.0GHZ 512K L2 CACHE 90NM RETAIL BOX
1 x ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard NFORCE4-SLI S939 DDR 2XPCI-E16 2PCI-E 3PCI SATA RAID LAN Sound 1394
1 x OCZ EL PC3200 1GB 2X512MB DDR400 CL2-3-2-6 184PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit W/ Ramsink
1 x SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.8 200GB SATA W/ NCQ 7200RPM 8MB 8MS HARD DRIVE 5YEAR MFR WARRANTY
1 x BenQ T705 17IN Black LCD Monitor 1280X1024 500:1 0.264MM 13MS VGA Analog (I know monitor works, I've hooked it up with my old system)
1 x ATI ALL-IN-WONDER X600 PRO 256MB PCI-E VGA DVI VIDEO CARD RETAIL
1 x LOGITECH LX 700 CORDLESS DESKTOP KEYBOARD & OPTICAL RECHARGABLE MOUSE USB PS/2
1 x MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL OEM (WITH SYSTEM ONLY)
1 x LITEON BLACK 16X DVD-ROM INT E-IDE OEM W/ SW DVD PLAYER
1 x ASUS CRW-5232AS/BK 52X32X52 CDRW BLACK INT IDE W/ SW RETAIL BOX

Kris A Oct 09, 2005, 06:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Help!!!!
I installed the 1014 bios onto my system, and now the display doesnt appear at boot! I called Asus tech support and they told me they would call me back, and never did. I called back their office, and its closed, needless to say im absolutely furious with them. Someone on here please help me, I followed the procedures in the manual to clear the cmos... removed battery, put jumper on 2nd pair, left for 10 seconds, returned, put battery back in (all w/ power cord out), still nothing! HELP!!!!

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MC

You are looking for a decent PCI-e video card under 200 bucks. I did a LOT of research, and Leadtek PX6600 GT extreme is definitely the biggest bang for your buck. It also scored the best for cooling and perfermance among a pack of 6600's. I highly recommend it.

cheers.......... Dean

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hi, everyone. has anyone had trouble installing asus update? says the .dll cannot find an asus mobo. refuses to install. also, cannot get smart doctor to work properly. loads, but won't function correctly. also, a program called "ptc wildfire pro/engineer" looks for a network connection and can't find one. refuses to install. obviously I have a connection, I wrote this post! network connections show nvidia nc operational at 100 Mbps. should I plug into the marvell lan? thanks.

system:

asus a8n-sli premium
amd 64 4000+
2x asus 7800gtx
2x 1 gb corsair ram
audigy 2 zs

not overclocked.
runs cool, 40 c avg.

thanks.


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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
T Weber Be sure you have the extra 4 pin PSU plug in and the 4 pin molex near your video card. (I'm unfamiliar with your PSU, but it may be marginal.)

If this doesn;t work, do the standard: take the Mobo out of the case, put it on a nonconductve surface, and test with just mobo, cpu, 1 video card, ram (minimum OK). Plug mouse and keyboard in to the mobo, turn it on (using case switch if need be or one on your surge protector). See if it boots this way. If not, maybe you have a bad core component (it happens).

I had the same trouble with a powercolor card - this issue seemed to be the video card in my Antec 160 case twisted when I installed the monitor plug - as it was wide and didn't slide right in. After I got it going out of the case, I had better luck putting it back in.

I'd update NForce to 6.66 and update bios usign asus update ASAP once it runs.

It'll happen.

When it does - use the bios setting Sander has on the opening page. they are good even for later bios - don't let the May 2005 date fool you.


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