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Timothy Weber Oct 10, 2005, 01:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks LeBeau, I'm short on time right now, but I'll give it a shot.

Yeah, I wish I had a regular PCI video card lying around here... I read some random topics and vairious posts throughout this topic saying they could boot with a PCI but not a PCIe... ah well. Maybe my friends might have one after getting back from thanksgiving.

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Stephen Odgaard Oct 11, 2005, 02:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Followup to my Oct 8 question:

After intensive discussion with WD we have now concluded that one of my new WD2500JS SATA II drives must have surface damage on it. On the WD Diagnostics Extended Read and Write zero tests it performs 20% slower than the other identical drive, so I will send it back. Through this discussion with WD it became clear that the "desktop models" of their drives (which includes the WD2500JS in question) performed extended error correction work before responding to requests from the controller. When this happens in a RAID 0 array it ends up responding to the controller request to late, and thus the controller consideres the drive as having gone offline.

The suggested solution to this would be to use one of the Raid Edition drives (SD, YR series). However these are only SATA I series drives, and thus have a lower transfer rate. As so many times in life you cant have it all (yet)... The question is which is better:

a) 2 SATA II WD2500JS / WD2500KS drives which in case of surface errors may timeout, but during normal operation handles a transfer rate of 300 MB/s.
b) 2 SATA I WD2500SD Raid edition drives, with a limit on error correction before responding to the Controller but with a transfer rate of only 150 MB/s.

Its like taking out an insurrance policy - maybe you need it, and maybe you don't...

Both types have seek time of appx 8.9 ms, so no difference there.

Your advise would be appreciated.

Regards

Todd B Oct 11, 2005, 05:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi,

I run a RAID 5 set off the Silicon Image chip, its lost all the info on the RAID set after flashing to the latest BIOS.

If I delete the RAID Set and recreate it I think ill loose all my files - any ideas on this ??
Any solutions to getting it to boot again without loosing any data would be apprciated :)

Jumping moron Oct 11, 2005, 05:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
wow, this is a long topic...

Post Count +1 :)
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Core 2 Duo 6750 @ 3,66ghz,
Asus P5N SLI Nforce 650i.
6Gb DDR800 Kingston hyper X.
2X Geforce 9600 GT's in SLI.
Club 3d Theatron agrippa soundcard.
Timothy Weber Oct 11, 2005, 06:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
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 -seems- 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
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

RAM isn't the problem, neither is monitor. From the looks of things, the PSU seems ok, though it is a bit of a cheap one (I'd rather be sure everything else is fine before I randomly go buy a new PSU)

I still need to try out different video cards... none of my friends have anything but AGP.

I've tried the minimal boot out of tower/unmounted, but still no POST.

I'm guessing it's a faulty mobo, but I want to try my video card first.

Any other ideas?

Dean Edward Oct 11, 2005, 07:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> New Heatpipes on A8N models chipset.
Has anyone checked to see if the heat-pipe chipset coolers that are being offered on the A8N-SLI Premium, and A8N32- SLI Deluxe are able to be retro-fitted on the A8N-SLI Deluxe? I would LOVE to get rid of this whiney little crapper and go to a silent solution if it would fit. I will try to find out too and post it if i get anywhere with asus customer service(you all know how well that typically goes LOL)

Thanks.

Dean Edward Oct 11, 2005, 07:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ

Timothy Weber

Hi,
you sound like you know a lot more than I did when i did my first build with this mobo, but i will bounce a few things off you.

Did you go to your bios and check to see if you are booting from PCI-e instead of PCI? maybe that would do it. I also assume you downloaded the drivers for you video card. (sorry to bring it up, but its amazing how little things like that sometimes get overlooked :)

I hope you get your rig up and running soon. This mobo is really great and solid once its up and running. Mine has been going since last Feb. without any trouble at all.
cheers. Dean

peter jansen Oct 12, 2005, 07:30am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I recently bought a A8N-SLI-EAYZ, ATI Radeon X700 PRO, 480 Watt generic power supply and AMD 64 3200+, Kingston KVR400X72C3A/1G (PC3200 CL3 ECC DIM) on B1.The rest of my stuff is for the moment insignificant since nothing is connected, either the power connectors nor the cables.And no additional PCI cards added for the moment.And video card selector is set to single.
Of course nothing worked (yes, both power plugs 4 bpins and the large one without adapter are in).
Black screen, sometimes the Bios config comes up sometimes not, but when I press DEL to configure it goes black again, With an Asus Nvidia 6400 single I actually can get into the bios but when change something and save, it restarts (of course) and stays black again.
Since it's really the barest configuration possible there a limited amounts of culprits, right?
1. PSU (I read a lot about them and it seems that I really need a 600 watt, but also when I don;'t have SLI and a board as bare as this one?)
2. Memory (don't know about that one)
3. Ati card (I did read one mention about Ati cards)
4. Cmos battery (I did read one referral to it)
5. All of the above.

I fear it's 5. But still I appreciate any advice
(BTW bios is 1009).

nick V Oct 13, 2005, 12:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello everyone

I have a question about the A8n-SLI deluxe motherboard. I bought this at Christmas with an AMD 4000+ and i bought an ATI xt850 platinum. at the time i didn't know about the SLI technology as i asked my friend to pick a good one and well , i shouldn't have trusted him since i told him from the beginning i was going to get an ATI card. Well, lately my computer has been freezing everytime i play counter-strike source or dod source and are pretty much the games right now so i haven't tried with other games but it will freeze when i'm playing in game, it will freeze when im trying to load map, when i exit the game. I just finished formatting the whole pc, i updated the chipset drivers and the bios and i finally put sp2 on the machine and i launch the game and still no improvement. My question, since it's SLI technology do you think the mobo and the ATI are conflicting or is this a known crash that happens in half-life 2, if it is i haven't been able to find it while googling. any help will be appreciated. thanks

Zach will Oct 13, 2005, 09:49am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,


I have a A8N-SLI deluxe and I am trying to install a raptor sata drive. When I boot to the xp cd it shows the drive and formatts and copies files then it reboots and I get error loading os. I have it plugged into the black sata port on the mb. any suggestions?

Amd 64bit 4000+
raptor 74gig hd
2gig ddr400
480watt ps
bfg video card

Blake Gogel Oct 13, 2005, 04:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I currently am going through a problem with my new computer setup and have no idea what is causing it. I am trying to us an A8N-SLI Deluxe, 2 CMX512-3200C2PT, Coolmax Silent Switching CX-550B power supply, 6800 Ultra GPU P/N: 256-P2-N377-AX, and 3500+ Venice Core. The problem is there is no boot, no post, and therefore no screen. I am about to try my third Asus mobo after I RMA this one but both have turned out to have this same problem and am wondering if this is a problem with my components. What do you guys think?

Todd B Oct 13, 2005, 07:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
nick V
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It is not likely that this issue is being caused by the SLi, SLi only works if enabled otherwise its the same as any other PCI-E slot.

Have you tried different ATi Drivers, check the event logger and see what errors are being produces at the time. Something else it likely to be conflicitng with your ATi drivers and causing the crash.


Blake
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If you are not getting anything loading up, it is either your GFx card isn't outputting to the monitor or your BIOS is stuffed. Try another GFx card and flash the BIOS, hope this helps.


Other Info
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If you loose a RAID set, go into the RAID config and delete then recreate the RAID set. Make sure you recreate it identical to what it was before. The Sil drivers will not auto recover your data, I am unsure about the NVRAID though.
Once the new set is done, stick in a bootdisk with MS-DOS 6.5 on it.

Download TestDisk from http://www.cgsecurity.org/index.html?testdisk.html
Put it on a floppy and load it up in DOS, run the app and recover your partitions, Windows will be completely stuffed so reinstall windows over the top without formatting. This will get you back in, now backup your data and then format the drive and start from scratch.
If you have multiple partitions you should only need to format the windows partition :)

nick V Oct 13, 2005, 10:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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thanks for the quick reply, didn't think i would get one so quick!!!

as i was saying this was mostly happening with steam with dod source and cs source and i read that a lot of people were having problems with it since the last update so i think i was freaking out and it wasn't even my fault... but im not sure and it is still annoying. another question again though, having a nVidia motherboard with nvidia chipset etc won't cause conflict at all with my ATI video card? im asking cuz if you have an ati vid card and an nvidia vid card it usually conflicts and is a pain so i wanted to know if that's the case. thanks again for the answers !!!

Zach will Oct 14, 2005, 07:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I figured it out. I had to set the raid to JBOD. And it boots up like a champ.

M C Oct 14, 2005, 12:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Tim you asked:
"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 -seems- 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."

Your Mobo is fine. You probably forgot to connect the 4-pin power cableto the Mobo. there are two cables that connect from the power supply to the mobo. if you have the manual refer to page 2-25.

if you have further problems you can always contact ASUS support. You wouldn't spend more than 5 minutes on hold.


peter jansen Oct 15, 2005, 07:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Motherboard on fire
Unplugged the PC from the wall took out 1 memory bank and put the reminder one in B1 (as it should).
Restarted the PC and suddenly someting on the board began to glow and caught fire (plugged out immediately).
It's on the lower left hand corner. There's the hole for mounting the mobo, right of it (white) is the Chassis1 fan connector and in front of it there's a little black thing, and that's the one that caught fire. Any idea how that could be?

For reference there's a link to a picture of the A8N-SLI
http://www.computex.ws/img/news/1557/asus-a8n-sli-scan-front.jpg

Carlos Brito Oct 15, 2005, 11:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello

i need some help...

I've got an Asus A8N-SLI Premium.

I've got the latest Bios v1008.

Where i trie to install asusupdate (latetest version) i get "Asus Live Update error , NT service registry error ..."

Any Help?

I've got an unknown device, what can it be?

Thank's

Carlos Brito

Kevin Mayer Oct 15, 2005, 05:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi Guys,

I appologize for not sifting through previous postings, but I'm running out of time. like many people, my chipset fan went toes up. I'm not overclocked, have two 10,000 rpm raid sata drives, and one video card. What do you suggest? Zalman ZM-NB47J, Swiftech MCX159 or something different?

Thanks for your time.

Kevin

Adam Wahlgren Oct 16, 2005, 08:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a quick problem.
Just bought a new 250GB WD sata 2 hard drive.
My current system has 2 36GB raptor in Raid 0 on Nvidia 1 and 2 Sata connectors.
I cannot see the 250GB Wd in none of the NVIDA 3 or 4 connectors. I tried hooking it up to the Silicon ones and it was SEEN by the raid controller but I could do nothing with it.
I have downloaded WD diagnostic disks and it doesnt even see the drive.
The drive spins up and IS working. Its brand new.
I DID try to do just a test install of WINXP with the Raptors disconnected BUT install never seen the 250GBwd.


Anders Iversen Oct 17, 2005, 11:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> No post solution!!! :)
Hi Folks!

As many have said before here - This is a GREAT forum - thanks to everyone in here.
Now it's my turn to give something to this forum:

I recently (as in the last 4 days) helped a friend build a new system:

Athlon 64 3500MHz
A8N sli deluxe
2x500MB Kingston 400MHz
Soundblaster X-fi extreme music
Geforce 7800GTX
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus (Fanless watercooling)
400GB WD harddisk
NEC 3540A DVD burner
PSU: Noiseblocker Fortron BlueStorm 500W SX2

It was my first time building anything with watercooling, so I was a bit nerveus, but it all went well. Well until we pushed the powerbutton for the first time... Then we ran into the no-post problem:

The computer starts, everything seems to work. System fans are spinning, Harddisk spinning, DVD and floppy blinks a little - but then thats it: nothing happens - no beep, no posting, just a blank screen in eternal powersaving mode. The system never Boots.

I'll start by saying what was wrong: the BIOS - it was in such a bad state that ASUS really should be sued for selling MoBo's with this BIOS.
Since we could not get any post, we couldn't boot and hence we couldn't flash the BIOS. An we ofcourse did not knew what was wrong yet.

So here's what we did:
We read the manual for the motherboard, tjecked that all powercables was correct plucked in, plucked out one of the RAM modules, and left one of them in the B1-slot. Nothing happened. Maybe it was the graphicscard we thought, or maybe it was the screen (allthough there should have been atleast one beep, but...) We tested with a PCI graphicscard - still no-post. We tested the screen with another PC - it worked fine.
Then we started reading this forum. We tried out every possible combination of the RAM sockets. We cleared the CMOS (waiting an hour with the battery out, powercables unplugged and the jumper moved to pin 2-3). We plugged out everything but the CPU and PSU. Since we had watercooling, we thought that maybe the MoBo would not start up because there was no CPU-fan, so we plugged a systemfan to the CPU fan plug.
All of the above resulted in absolutely no change, except that sometimes we could get it to beep, but it wasn't anything even remotely like the beep codes listed for the <a href="http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml#phoenix">Phoenix Award Bios</a>. Instead it was long beeps, with about 2 seconds pause inbetween, and it would just go on forever.

Now I'm getting to the solution :)
Then we discovered that we could plugin speakers - that the A8N had this voice errors on it. So we plugged in speakers, and followed this <a href="http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=2195546 ">No-post troubleshooting</a>.
When there was only PSU and CPU plugged to the motherboard, Bitching Betty bellowed out "system failed memory test". So now we knew that the Mobo, CPU and PSU was allright, but maybe there was something wrong with the brand new Kingston RAM. So we tried to put in a noname 256MB 400Mhz RAM module. That did most of the trick. YEHAAA! We have the A8N post on the screen! We went into the BIOS to check things out. This BIOS was totally f***ed. It stated that the CPU ran at a clockspeed above 4000MHz!! WTF!
we had allready made a floppy ready with the latest BIOS from ASUS, so we flashed the BIOS, turned of the PC, and plugged in the Kingston RAM again. With the new BIOS there was no problem at all. We could plug
everything on and finally start installing the OS. :)

So when Sander writes at the start of this FAQ that this MoBo is picky about its RAM, he sure is right. I don't know what would have happened, if we by accident had chosen yet another type of RAM that the A8N do not like - I think we would've RMA'ed the board... So if you are in this situation try out several different RAM modules - it might work :) Others in this forum have had similar problems, but another solution: It was the PSU that the A8N did'nt like. Hope this long story helps someone out there :)

Now we have another problem - it has started crashing (restarting) at random :( But I think I've read somewhere in here that its a driver problem - but theres 215 pages to look through, so can anybody remember and type an answer beneath this? :)


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