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Tom Egan Dec 07, 2005, 12:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks for replying Rob. To answer you

A couple of questions:

1. At any point have you attempted overclocking?
The system has never been stable enough to attempt overclocking.

2. Did you replace the chipset fan on your own?
This motherboard that's installed is a brand new replacement from Asus with the new style chipset fan. I also have the original motherboard as backup that I changed the chipset fan and bios chip on along with the new SLI con card that Asus replaced.

3. Are there any parts you have yet to replace?
Here is the chronology of replaced parts
1. BFG 6800GT video card (revised version with copper heatsink)
2. Replaced Enermax power supply with PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI (have tried a second PCP&C with no improvement)
3. Repaired motherboard back from Asus
4. Third BFG 6800GT video card
5. A new A8NSLI mb from Asus
6. Two new sticks of Corsair XMS Ram (same type as original)
7. New AMD 3700 processor replaced original
8. New copy of Windows XP Pro cd (to rule out bad copy of Windows.
9. New WD Raptor hard drive
Leaving only the case, 2 optical drives, floppy and Audigy sound card not being replaced.

4. Does your graphics card have an additional power plug and was it plugged in?
Yes, the PC Power & Cooling power supply has a pci express power connector that is plugged in.

As it stands now this problem occurs when the system is configured with the following:

Lian Li case has the power switch wire connected to the motherboard. Motherboard is resting on the box it came in outside the case with the processor, retail heatsink and fan installed. 1 stick of Corsair RAM in slot B1. BFG 6800GT in the blue PCI Express slot closest to CPU. Keyboard and mouse connected. The power connectors from the power supply that is installed in the case to ground it are the main 24 pin power connector to the motherboard, the 4 pin 12v atx power connector, the graphic card power connector. Nothing else is connected. I get bios checksum errors, graphic corruption (vertical and horizontal dotted lines, the text on the various boot screens is scrambled and unreadable, at times the monitor is unable to be turned on thru the graphics card. the bios is the current 1015 but these problems occur regardless of the bios version. Any other insights anyone? I did memtests on the original RAM and got errors and I'm afraid to begin more diagnostics as this system seems to eat components and this is new RAM. Thanks Tom

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ian roberts Dec 07, 2005, 09:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi im building my first system . so im a newbie to this so any help would be great .

Components so far :
A8N-SLI Deluxe
corsair twinx 1024 3200c2pt platinum series
Seasonic S12 500W Silent ATX2.0 psu
1 = XFX GEFORCE 6800GS XXX PV-T42G-UAD7 256MB DDR3 TV + DVI PCI E

Q1 - what hard drive would you recommend ive had a look through the forum and see people are torn between a few models .. im thinking between the seagate and hitachi .. if also read some reviews on these 2 hard drives some good some bad .and what benefits with sata and raid cuase i havent got a clue (sorry for newb Q).. here where ive read the spec on the 2 hard drives ..>
http://www.techreport.com/reviews/2005q3/deskstar-7k500/index.x?pg=1

Q2 - what drivers and bios updates should i use for this setup,, should i follow Sander Sassen setup for this mobo from the post in jan this year,, i now there are new bios updates and drivers out since then but whitch ones would work best and in what order should i install them for my setup..
Q3 -Are there any conflicts between with any of the components that i should now about..

I wont be going down the sli route at the moment cause i cant afford it . ive got 1 xfx 6800gs ready and will be getting another in a few months .. so any suggestions on this matter would be great.

Any help on any of these questions would be great Thanks



ian roberts Dec 07, 2005, 09:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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O forgot to add i have also got an ATHLON 64 3500+

Thanks


El Dec 07, 2005, 09:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Tom, I think it's gotta be an incompatibility between your mobo's BIOS version and some part of your hardware. Have you tried other BIOS versions?

ian roberts Dec 07, 2005, 09:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 07, 2005, 10:02am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi this is a completly new build the components havent come out of the box yet.. im just looking for some advice .. and whether to expect any conflicts with the parts ive got ..
thanks

Tom Egan Dec 07, 2005, 10:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jared,

The current setup, I've tried bios 1013 and now at 1015, how should I proceed? Should I start with 1001 and work my way up? I'm also thinking of going to Wal Mart and buying a PCI video card and trying that to see what happens. Thanks Tom

LMO LeBeau Dec 07, 2005, 10:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Ian

Try an hitachi sata drive. Mine work fine with this mobo. I'm using the sata connectors on the mobo directly. (No sil drivers) You must go into the bios and change the boot priority when you install the new hdd and set correct boot priorities. The 250s are great and cheap at Newegg (if you're in US)

Download both the latest nvidia nforce drivers and a8n sli bios. Update the nvidia chipset drivers first, then update the bios (as per instrctions on the asus site). I am using latest nvidia but bios 1013 and all is fine.

Once you do this, you will (again) have to rest the bios parameters - following Sander's suggestions on the firts pages of this FAQ. Timings for your memory may take some trial and error if you wish to change them (my OCZ memory runs 2225 but only with a bit more voltage than default).

I find messing with the bios resets enough of a pain that I don''t often update nvidia and bios - I also run a 3500+

It took a while to get stable but is now great. I had no trouble with an audigy soundcard - only trouble after several early issues and rebuilds has been that the sata connectors are a loose fit to the mobo and you need to be careful not to knowck them out. (Some report they break easily, not an issue for me.)

Good luck.

LMO LeBeau Dec 07, 2005, 10:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Two more comments: I replaced the my failed northbrsdige fan with an zalman passive cooler which works great but may pose some clearance issues for long video cards. Fine with my ATI X800.

You don't need to incrementally update bios - do it once and stop - unless you have time to kill resetting the bios (which is not my cup of tea). be sure to update nvidia drivers if you go past 1012 (I think it is - check with ASUS site)

Note: the latest is not always the greatest. If it works fine for you, it's OK.

ian roberts Dec 07, 2005, 11:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi LMO
Thanks for the advice, im still not sure on hd but ill decide soon depends how big my cash flow is in a few weeks ...
I will give the setup a go and see how things turn out ..
As for the northbridge fan... erm ill see how big the card is and see what will fit ill go down that road later when i get it up and running .
Thanks again

Matthew Chestnut Dec 07, 2005, 01:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Tom Egan -- "going to Wal Mart and buying a PCI video card"

That was going to be my suggestion, Tom, is to get an inexpensive PCI or PCI-Express video card for testing to eliminate any graphics card or SLI issues.

I'm using a cheapo ASUS EAX300 card without any problems.

http://usa.asus.com/products3.aspx?l1=2&l2=8&l3=14&...eon%20X300

Matthew

Tom Egan Dec 07, 2005, 02:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just an update,

Was going to send the whole system to Asus yesterday but the cost, over $100 seemed like throwing more good money after bad so today I spoke with level 3 tech support and am sending the RAM, CPU, motherboard and graphics card to them, thank god, perhaps finally things will get sorted out. I will update when I get it back. Thanks Tom

Rob French Dec 08, 2005, 11:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tom,

Asus is actually going to try to build the system with your parts? Wow, that is pretty good customer service.

Let us know how it turns out. I am interested to hear which component was causing all the problems.

tyson Noob Dec 10, 2005, 08:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi, i posted a couple of pages back and am yet to solve my problem.

i built my system around 6months ago and worked fined for 5 of those months then one afternoon i turned it on and everything turns on however there is not output to the screen, i tested multiple monitors and various other methods with no luck. I sent my motherboard back to the reseller and they sent it back charging me of coarse saying there was nothing wrong with it, i then took my entire pc to be tested and they said that the motherboard was the problem, so again i send my MoBo back to once again to be locked in stalemate with the annoying PR person @ the reseller anyone got any idea's??

Build >>-
3800+ AMD athlon
2x 512mb cosair memory
2x 6600GT xpertvision
250gb WD HD
antec truepower PSU

thxs Tyson

Patrick K Dec 10, 2005, 02:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm sorry if this has been asked before (in fact, it probably has)... I did try to find it, but the topic while very informative has become somewhat unwieldy :-).

I have a raid0 configuration on 2 Samsung 250 GB SATA disks.

Now I'd like to upgrade this configuration to a raid0+1 configuration, adding 2 more of the same disks.

My questions are:

-- is it possible to do this without having to clear the existing disks of their data Ie, can I just tell the controller to copy everything to the new disks or something?

-- if yes, does anyone know a topic/site with a step by step for this? I'm no newbie to hardware or software setup, but this is my first raid setup, and it all went very smoothly from the start (a good thing in itself, but I haven't learned much from it :P ).

Thanks!

Patrick

Sean Kemmis Dec 11, 2005, 12:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bit 'o help, if no one would mind....

Recently I patched World of Warcraft and my nVidia NIC stopped working with the game, I'd get errors out the bum inside the game. WoW Tech Support suggested a workaround by changing the way the NIC operates, and it did indeed fix my issues with WoW.

It did, however, bring up a rather annoying issue. Every other bootup the NIC does not recognize a cable as being connected. I'll get the "Network Cable Not Connected" messages on the system tray. I reboot, it would work fine.

That was yesterday.

Today it seems to now need two reboots to get the NIC to operate properly.

One person has suggested to me that I update the Drivers. Considering it's the nVidia NIC the only way to do this would be to update the chipset drivers, which I'm currently running the version that came with the Motherboard.

My problem with updating the drivers is, however, that my system always goes unstable.

I choose nForce4 drivers, then AMD system, then download, then install, every last component of the driver pops up saying it hasn't passed Windows Logo Testing, I click accept anyways, and reboot.

Well, that doesn't seem to make my computer a very happy computer, as everything goes unstable and I end up needing to reboot in safe mode, remove the drivers, and reinstall the drivers that came with the Motherboard.

So, does anyone know

1. How to fix my NIC problem

2. How to update my drivers and keep my system stable.

LMO LeBeau Dec 11, 2005, 02:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sean If the system was basically stable, I'd try the latest NVidia drivers and then a bios update to 1013 or later
You'll need to reset the bios paramters as per Sander's recommendations on page 1 of this FQA. Be sure your intended boot HDD is set as the boot drive in bios as well.

I have no idea on the NIC issue, but the updates may fix it. I had problems with early NVidia and bioses, no problems now with recent editions. System stability is now fine. (All but ASUS firewall installed)

I found OCZ memory helped too - replacing some good Geil mods that had worked fine in other systems.

Good Luck.

Davem Dec 11, 2005, 07:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My motherboard is an A8N-SLI Premium but my problem is likely common to the Deluxe board so I am asking my question here as well.

I have an strange problem with the "resume from standby" function on my system. I have the ACPI Suspend function set to S3 and have the Wake from PS/2 keyboard function set to <spacebar> Here is what is occuring:

* The system starts and shuts down using the power switch on the computer and the Windows shut down item on the start menu with no problems.

* The computer also starts up with 100% reliability if I press the <spacebar> key on the keyboard.

* If I put the computer into sleep mode using the start menu or the sleep key on my keyboard it will enter sleep mode 100% of the time.

* If I try to wake the system back out of sleep mode is a short period of time following putting it to sleep (Like in less that 4 minutes) the computer will reliability wake up usng the <spacebar> key or the power button on the computer case.

* But if I leave the computer in standby mode for more than 4 minutes, the system will not wake using the <spacebar> key or any other key on the keyboard. The only way that it will wake is to use the power button on the case. Using the power button, though, will reliably wake the sysem and it don't have any system freeze problems.

I currently have a microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse connected to he computer but if I switch back to a standard keyboard and mouse the same problem occurs. (Note: When I switch back, I haven't uninstalled the wireless drivers so this may not be a 100% accurate test.

My case is not located in a spot where I can easily reach the power button so I would like to come up with a method of being able to start / shutdown and use the sleep mode entirely from the keyboard or mouse.
Therefore, I would appreciate any help that you guys can give my in troubleshooting this issue.

Dave Mayfield

LMO LeBeau Dec 11, 2005, 09:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Anybody run a single 7800GT or 7800GTX with this board?

Anybody with a zalman passive cooler instead of the northbridge fan? Does it fit OK?

Thanks.

mcq3000 mcq3000 Dec 12, 2005, 10:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok I got 3 PCs with Asus A8N SLI Premiun motherboards and they all run flawlessly. However I would like to run one of my harddrives on the RED silicon serial ata ports instead of the BLACK Nforce 4 SATA ports. However no matter what serial ata drive on each of my pcs the boot screen for the silicon drive shows the drive as detected but right under says something like "non valide device" and then once that screen closes the PC refuses to boot. Once I unplug the drive from the PC and soft reset it boots like normal. Anyone know what is going on? I would really like to use these ports but I cannot even get my PC to boot when any serial ata drive is plugged into the serial ata ports of the silicon siil controller. Help guys!

Sean Kemmis Dec 13, 2005, 05:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 13, 2005, 05:31am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I'm running the Zalman solution with two 6600GTs in SLI with no problems. Fits very nicely, cools very well.

Other people say it won't work for bigger cards, though. =\


I have a question, though.

I just reinstalled my floppy drive today and decided I'll flash my BIOS, since I'm running 1003, I think.

My question, however, is what steps I should take to update my BIOS. The walkthrough Sander wrote on page one is for someone whom is just building their system, but my system is up and running, has been for months, is stable and isn't overclocked.

I'm running SLI w/ 2 BFG 6600GTs that I've overclocked, with an Athlon 3500+, 1GB Ultra RAM, and three HDDs, two SATA150 and one IDE133.


Edit: Actually, I'm running 1002 BIOS.


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