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Bill Volz Nov 23, 2005, 10:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Chipset fan - yeah, mine failed too. I put a replacement over it using a rubber band to hold it on. I emailed Asus for a replacement. We'll see if they follow through. I also had to replace the original board as it was defective.

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Bill Volz Nov 23, 2005, 12:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Weird boot problem. I upgraded from an Athlon64 3200+ to an Athlon64 X2 3800+. I installed the latest BIOS and chipset drivers prior to the upgrade. When I booted, I looked at the BIOS and all seemed well - I did not reset defaults - and it showed the 3800. Then I booted to the OS and got the dreaded "error loading operating system". I tried everything. I tried reloading the WinXP SP2 over and over again. I tried disk access mode LBA, CHS, Large and all failed. Since I had it dual booted using Grub for Linux, I tried fixboot, fixmbr, fdisk /mbr all with no help. It was weird that when I installed WinXP, it would boot twice during the install with no problem. Finally, in desperation, I reinstalled WinXP, this time formatting the partition (it needed it anyway). Then, as soon as it was installed, I rebooted without changing anything. No problem. I tried rebooting again. No problem. I powered down and restarted. No problem. Then I reset the boot order from (cdrom, harddisk, cdrom) to (removable, harddisk, cdrom) and the error reappeared. I reset the boot order to (cdrom, harddisk, cdrom) again and it boot fine, but I have to ignore the "press enter to boot from CD". If I take the CD out, it fails. I tried disabling SMART HD monitoring, no help. I tried boot order (disabled, harddisk, cdrom) and that failed. I installed the Grub boot loader and it works, but I still have to have the boot order with cdrom first and the winxp install disk in the drive.

Then I reset the defaults in the BIOS and it booted ok. So I then set the settings as per the beginning of this thread and it failed again. I reset the BIOS to the defaults and went through one page of settings at a time, rebooting between each. When I got to the last page, it continued to boot. I seem to be fine now.

I'm at a loss to explain the problems, but, the moral of the story is, if you install a new CPU, reset the BIOS.

I'm using the settings as described above except for the following:
Onboard Device Configuration:
enable: AC97, Serial port, Game port

JumperFree Configuration:
I leave in Auto

Boot->Boot Setting Configuration
Halt On: all, but keyboard.

michael burgess Nov 25, 2005, 10:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ok i might sound stupid asking this, but this is my first for sli and sata drives.
I've installed xp pro and updates my bios to the latest version off of the asus site. but my OS doesnt like the silicon raid controller driver from my MotherBoard disc that came prior w/ the board. It crashes and all of the drivers i previously installed are now gone. think anyone could help me?

sorry for being stupid :o

michael burgess Nov 25, 2005, 10:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ok i might sound stupid asking this, but this is my first for sli and sata drives.
I've installed xp pro and updates my bios to the latest version off of the asus site. but my OS doesnt like the silicon raid controller driver from my MotherBoard disc that came prior w/ the board. It crashes and all of the drivers i previously installed are now gone. think anyone could help me?

sorry for being stupid :o

Dean Edward Nov 26, 2005, 10:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> CHIPSET FAN FIX FOUND!!!
As many of you know, the chipset fan in this mobo has been notorious for it's loudness and high failure rate. As you can see a few posts back I was about to give up on Asus coming through with a new one and had even scavenged a 40mm fan off an old nVidia card and put it on the chipset heatsink. Then...somewhere out of the blue...i decided to Google "chipset,fan,A8N SLI Deluxe"....and there it was in Anantech.......someone had found the solution to fixing this whiney little bugger, and its amazingly simple and easy:

1. Make sure machine is off, and power supply is disconnected....remove chipset fan power-plug from motherboard

2. Remove the four screws on the face-plate.

3. Remove the three screws mounting the fan to the heat-sink.

4. Gently remove the round Vette sticker on the back of the fan.(save it for replacement)

5. Place one small drop of high quality synthetic oil ( sewing machine oil, 3 in 1 etc) on the spindle shaft.

6. Replace sticker.

7. Remount fan.

8. Re-mount face plate

9. Plug in chipset fan power-plug to motherboard.

10. Connect power to PSU.


If you notice the little bugger getting noisy, or losing RPM's ....repeat as needed.


I just hope asus doesn't use econo-chinese Vette fans on its mobo's in the future. Hope this helps! :)


david cole Nov 28, 2005, 02:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dean Edward,
Per oiling the fan... those instructions cover the original fan, but the newer fan does not have four topmount screws on the cover. The newer fan inside my unit does have three screws holding it to the base, but somehow the cover must come off first. Without putting more prying force on the cover than I dare, the cover did not seem to be simply snapped on - almost looks like it is screwed on from the bottom requiring fan removal from motherboard first. I guess when my Pabst fan arrives and I remove the motherboard, I can explore this. But I will install the Pabst and keep this fan as a temp spare if the Pabst starts giving problems later. Meanwhile my computer is unuseable.

Per the ordered Pabst fan - it appears to have no way to connect to the speed monitering utility AsusProbe, as it only has a two-wire power connection to molex connector. If it ever quits, I may have no handy detection method.

If anyone has a newer design fan on the bench, would you try to determine if the top cover is removable while still mounted on the board?

A8N-SLI Deluxe, FX-55, Win XP Pro - was main, being rebuilt after electrical storm
Sabertooth x58, i7-950, Win 7 Pro, ENGTX460CU TOP, 12GB GSkill, 12GB SSD, 1GB + 2GB HDD @ 6GB/s - main computer
P5Q-E, e8500, Vista 64 - secondary computer
Two P5Q Pro,
Persson Nov 28, 2005, 03:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Here is my solution to the chipset-fan problem. It has worked in about 6 months with no problem.

/Goran

http://www.rapadappa.fcpages.com/

Sorry for my bad english.

Richard Carr Nov 28, 2005, 04:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

I have this board with a 160GB SATA drive (Seagate).

The board works great once everything is installed BUT....

When I want to restore my backups I have two choices:

1. Windows Backup with Automated System Restore - Does not work because the drive is recognised as about 130GB until Windows XP service pack 2 is installed so ASR thinks that the drive is too small to restore to.

2. Norton Ghost. When I boot the machine to DOS, it doesn't see the drive at all and Ghost just bombs.

Can anybody help?

Dean Edward Nov 28, 2005, 09:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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David Cole,

Thanks for replying to my post.

DANG! Here I thought i had solved the problem LOL. I hope at least my suggestion will help those with similar fan design to mine. If someone with the type you described ,without the four visible screws on the face-plate...hopefully they will figure out and submit the method to removing the face-plate. I am still running the fan with no drops in RPM and no noise what-so-ever.

To the guy that mounted his own 40mm fan, it looks great.....I had scavenged a similar fan from an old nVidia card that fit similar....the only trouble is, if you decide to do an SLI set-up , its possible that the height of the fan might interfere with the second card. My 6600GT Extremes werent affected by the 40mm fan solution, but i have read that 6800's wont allow for adding a fan on the chipset.....thats why Asus used the recessed fan design in the heatsink.

ANYWAY........thanks again for the posts guys.

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

reinhardt heyd Nov 29, 2005, 02:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 29, 2005, 02:30pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
great faq man. I have a small problem..
i bought a A8N-SLI, Ath 64/300+, 512MB Kingston, SATA Maxtor, etc
i have put all in one case, i have installed winxp w/sp2 and next i installed the chipset nforce drivers w/default settings - including firewall and SW drivers.
now appears the problem: whatever i try to install next(ALC/display/cool'n'quiet drivers), after the reboot, the system freezes at the WIN loading screen. the blue dots just run in the small window beneath and it doesn't get to the logon screen.

do u have any suggestion?
thank you very much for ur help.

Sean Kemmis Nov 29, 2005, 07:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 29, 2005, 07:24pm EST

 
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Alright, so I was having problems with SLI so I formatted, reinstalled Windows, yadda yadda.


SLI wasn't working, called BFG, shipped my graphics cards to them, they flashed the BIOS to match, but in the mean time I was running an ATI x300 series in my main PCI-ExX16 slot and changed the EZ Plug connector and the card on the motherboard to to Single Video Card after changing the BIOS SLI Mode to "Normal"

Now that I have my 6600GTs back I tried to reinstall them and put them in SLI, I changed the SLI Mode in Normal to SLI, plugged the EZ Plug back and changed the card on the motherboard to Dual Video Cards, installed both cards, got past the POST VGA test, booted, installed drivers.

The drivers only recognized one video card, and only installed drivers for one 6600GT. It's nto the cards because I've switched back and forth between the two and both work, just the card in the second PCI slot isn't being recognized by Windows.

There's no hardware devices that don't have drivers installed under the Device Manager, and there's only one device listed under Display Adapters.

I've even tried putting my x300 into the second PCI express slot and Windows doesn't recognize that, either. There's power going to the cards, I know this by the fans on the 6600GTs spinning and the lights coming on.

I'm not really sure why something installed in the second PCI Express slot isn't working, so any help here would be appreciated.



Edit:

Haha. I'm going to shoot myself. I didn't properly reinstall the card on the motherboard to dual video cards, it was just kinda sitting there not connected. =P

LMO LeBeau Nov 29, 2005, 09:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Reinhart

Download the latest NVidia chipset drivers (not the install CD). Don't load all the fancy Asus stuff. Then flash the bios (you'll have to reset the bios config following Sander's list at the start of this FAQ). Good luck.

Sean Kemmis Nov 29, 2005, 10:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 29, 2005, 10:53pm EST

 
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Everytime I try and install nVidia chipset drivers from nvidia.com for the nForce4 motherboard for AMD my system goes incredibly unstable, and I end up needing to reboot in safe mode without networking, removing any traces of nVidia, and reinstlaling the ones that came with the motherboard.

I've also yet to update the BIOS from, I think, 1004. Is it wise to do so, or should I just leave it going at what I have?



In regards to the fan thing, mine went out after only a few months, and rather than screwing with a replacement I installed the Zalman NB47J Northbridge Heatsink. I've never seen my Chipset break 40 degrees C since installing, which is better than the loud and annoying fan was doing, and it fits nicely right in between two video cards.

El Nov 29, 2005, 11:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Another chipset fan solution
Today I installed this fan:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835110102

Here's how it looks:

http://www.geocities.com/jaredbrush/vantec.jpg

So I had to use a file on the metal around the fastening holes as to not have it collide with motherboard components. I actually took some of the plastic off the plug that powers the fan so it would clear it. It was kind of a shady operation, and i was definitely crossing my fingers when I hit that power button, but everything is working wonderfully! I now have absolute confidence in my motherboard (no thanks to ASUS!!!! [This was the SECOND asus fan I had start to croak on me, first and second generations...]) My BIOS curiosly reset itself after all of this, but other than that smooth sailing.

Anyway, it's an option. Good luck.

Jared

P.S. We should start a petition demanding Asus send us the heat-pipe solution of the A8n-SLI Premium.

Dean Edward Nov 30, 2005, 12:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jared,

The fan you intalled looks great...it was worth the effort.

About the petition.....if I thought we had a hope in hell of getting anything free from a company that is too cheap to provide an 800 number I would say yes. Unfortunately Asus is going to learn the hard way that bad PR can destroy a good reputation.


cheers, Dean

Rob French Dec 01, 2005, 05:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well, my 3rd replacement chipset fan has started making noise and the RPMs slowly decline. I don't know what to do.

I can't go with the Zalman solution because I am running in SLI and the darn thing won't fit.

Are there any people running in SLI who have a 3rd party solution for the A8N chipset fan?

Sean Kemmis Dec 01, 2005, 06:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm running SLI as well and the Zalman solution. As long as your cards don't overlap the chipset at all it'll fit no problem.

I have a decent amount of clearance on either card, as well. I'd show pictures, but I forgot the password to my FTP. XD

steve tietze Dec 01, 2005, 06:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok can someone explain the ram settings and which to change in the bios..

my ram is said to run at :

2.5 3-3-7

looking in the ram setting area there are alot of options so im not sure exactly which ones to change to match the ram?

El Dec 01, 2005, 06:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey Rob,
Check out my post above. I had to go with that Vantec fan for the same reason. I have 2 6800GT's with NV5's on both so there's no room for the Zalman heatsink. This solution could work for you if you're willing to mod a teeny bit.
Jared

Rob French Dec 02, 2005, 01:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jared,

Interesting. Although the cooler in your picture looks like the copper version of the Iceberq. The product you link to on the Newegg page is aluminum one.

I went ahead and ordered the copper version to give it a try. From the pic it looks like you sawed off from about 1o'clock to about 3o'clock on the mounts. Did you have to do that on both the power plug side and the capacitor side? I will be using a Dremel to make the mods so it shouldn't take more than a few seconds to get it modded.

Do you know what the CFM rating on the stock HSF is? Does the Iceberq HSF seem to keep things at least as cool as the stock?

Thanks for the info. I was about to throw the damn mobo in the trash and go out and pick up a Premium. Asus really dropped the ball on this one. I asked them if I can just upgrade for a fee and they said they stopped doing that 1 month ago. Now our only choices are replace their crappy HSF every 6 months or go with a less-than-perfect 3rd party solution.


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