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lello amit Jan 01, 2006, 06:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Merc
will try and let you know
Lello

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lello amit Jan 01, 2006, 07:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Merc
I put both 512mb dimms in slots a1 & b1 (1st & 3rd) removed battery and cleared cmos for 10-15 secs reinstalled battery, restarted pc and post screen and bios report only 256mb. CPU-Z reports 1024mb (2 x 512mb dimms) and 3dmark reports slot 1 and slot 3 are 256mb each!!! Moved dimm from a1 to b2
cleared cmos ect post screen and bios report 1024mb, reinstalled the 2x 256 dimms in slots a1 & a2
cleared cmos restarted pc (hoping the bios would report 1536mb) no way!! still only reports 1024mb
cpu-z reports 2 x 516 and 2 x 256 (1536mb) 3dmark reports all 4 dimms as 256mb (1024mb same as bios).
By the way I have Bios 1016 with the latest chipset drivers from nvidia.
Help!!!!!
Thanks, lello

lello amit Jan 01, 2006, 07:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Merc
Sorry ment to say with both 512mb dimms in 1st & 3rd bios reports 512mb not 256mb as in my last post.

Johnny Lawrence Jan 01, 2006, 09:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the info.. i ram memtest 86 for 8 hr... all good.. i also ran prime95 for 24 hr. same thing all good...

is there a way to test my PSU with a programe? i also have EVEREST Ultimate Edition, my power is a little low.. like .23 off what it should be.. just out of ideas........

michael clark Jan 01, 2006, 11:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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DO NOT BUY A PIECE OF CRAP ASUS MOTHER BOARD!!!!! I have had mine almost a year and had nothing but trouble. The chipset fan stopped working, the usb ports work sometimes, the silicon image controllers stopped and i lost everything an the drives, and now the sound doesnt work. Windows does not even detect it. 220.00 dollar piece of cheap crap.

Kimon Jan 02, 2006, 04:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thats bad luck man I think your a one off. I personally have had no problems what so ever with any Asus products (which the majority of my components are) I own.

Shawn Duley Jan 02, 2006, 09:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I must be one of the fortunate ones. Everything has worked well right out of the box using the default bios settings.. After reading about half the postings, I would like clarification on a few items. My current bios, 1013, and chipset drivers, 6.65, seem to be doing the job. I'm not overclocking, but may try at some point in the future. I am not running a Raid array, but will in the future. All hardware features, controllers are working except Raid which is disabled in Bios.

So, the real question. Is there any real advantage to upgrade the bios to 1016, and the chipset drivers to 6.70. Part of me says "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Another part of me says "Maintain the latest updates for future upgradeability. I'm getting ready to reload Windows to swap my WD hard drive to the root drive, and now would be the time to update the drivers. Also, has anyone tried the 6.70 chipset drivers with the 1013 bios?

I've primarily used the system for 3D computer graphics/art and occasional gaming.

A8N-SLI-Deluxe (purchased in Sept)
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Asus EN6800GT SLI in single mode (dual cards in the future)
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PSU Antec Truepower 2.0 480 Watt

Thanks for your time.

Matthew Chestnut Jan 02, 2006, 10:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Re: Shawn Duley, nForce 6.70 with BIOS 1016 or 1013

I'm using nForce 6.66 with BIOS 1013 with the only problem being my nvidia LAN port doesn't work (I just use the Marvel port).

I haven't upgraded to nForce 6.70 because the difference between that and 6.66 is only in the RAID and SATA drivers, both of which I do not use.

I haven't upgrade to BIOS 1016 because all is working well for me now.

From http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_standalone_archive.html

This nForce 6.70 Win2K/XP driver package contains the below components:

Audio driver version 4.62 (WHQL)
Audio utility version 4.51
Ethernet NRM driver version 4.82 (WHQL)
Network management tools version 4.88
SMBus driver version 4.50 (WHQL)
Installer version 4.93
WinXP IDE PATARAID driver version 5.52
WinXP IDE SATARAID driver version 5.52 (WHQL)
WinXP IDE SATA_IDE driver version 5.52 (WHQL)
WinXP RAIDTOOL application version 5.52


The nForce 6.66 Win2K/XP driver package contains the below components:

Audio driver version 4.62 (WHQL)
Audio utility version 4.51
Ethernet NRM driver version 4.82 (WHQL)
Network management tools version 4.88
SMBus driver version 4.45 (WHQL) with updated uninstaller files
Installer version 4.78
WinXP IDE PATARAID driver version 5.34
WinXP IDE SATARAID driver version 5.34 (WHQL)
WinXP IDE SATA_IDE driver version 5.34 (WHQL)
WinXP RAIDTOOL application version 4.82

Shawn Duley Jan 02, 2006, 10:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Matthew,

Thanks for the response. Maybe the updated Sata and Raid drivers would be worth at least installing the chipset drivers. Guess I'll stick with the current bios.

Shawn

Colin Howell Jan 02, 2006, 10:38am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Johnny Lawrence Jan 02, 2006, 11:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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mat chestnut

i was just lookng at the ASUS website downloads, and i did not see " nForce 6.70 " chipset drivers... the only one i see is the 6.66. can you post a link for me thanks.

johnny

Matthew Chestnut Jan 02, 2006, 11:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Johnny Lawrence Jan 02, 2006, 12:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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thanks i have not looked at the site at all. looks like a go place to look up info! thanks for the help.. and why is that update mot in the ASUS stie? hmmm just thinking.....

johnny

Merc Jan 02, 2006, 12:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Colin-
You must disable the NVRAID controller in BIOS. Disable all ports under NVRAID and then disable Nvraid. Your drives should berecognized. The ports will remain active and will be used as single drive ports, you have simlply turned off the RAID function.

Merc
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Merc Jan 02, 2006, 12:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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David et-al:
I have posted the following before but will do so again just as a refresher. It is a basic guide to both resetting CMOS/BIOS correctly AND doing a barebones setup. If you are continyually having problems I'd recommend that you do the full barebones guide in order and completely. David, I think I tried to help you out months ago. Sorry you're still having problems. You can test your PSU by attaching an inexpensive multimeter (Radi shack has them for $25) to a free molex connector. It is a safe and fairly accurate way to take a look at what your PSU is really putting out. Most accurate way is to plug into the main 24 pin power connector but you can short your sytem easily is a probe slips. Remeber that a black wire is ground, red is 3.3v, orange is 5 volts and yellow is 12 volts.
Here is the guide, hope it helps:
You are going to have to do a barebones setup and test each component. This will read a lot harder than it actually is. The initial procedure takes only around 10-15 minutes. The follow on troubleshooting may take a lot longer though. Also, please do not skip steps. Do everything in order and as listed or your troubleshooting will be flawed.

Caution: Please remember that turning a PC off does not mean there is no power going through it. Modern systems maintain a trickle of power to keep the standby functions running. You either have to turn off the switch on the Power Supply Unit (PSU) itself or unplug the system from the wall. Unplugging is best. If you have a LED on the mobo that is lighted all the time. make sure it is out before proceeding. Also, be aware of static. Make sure you wear and ESD strap or discharge yourself on a steel part of the case before touching anything inside.

First, unplug the PC from the wall and then open it up. Disconnect all the drives (floppy, CDROM, DVD etc.)from the motherboard (mobo) and also disconnect your Hard Drive(s) from the mobo. Do not leave the hard drives connected. The system will boot into BIOS just fine with no hard drive attached. Unplug the power from all those drives you disconnected from the mobo. Remember to disconnect the front panel firewire and/or USB ports.

Next, remove all the RAM, except for one stick, from the mobo. Some mobos are very picky about where the RAM needs to be placed so make sure the one stick of RAM is in the correct slot as per your manual.

Now you are stripped down to a barebones system. The PSU, the mobo itself, 1 stick of RAM, the CPU/HSF and video card. Reset your CMOS/BIOS while the system is stripped down, unplugged and open. You do this by removing the battery and then moving a jumper near the battery around. Usually there are a set of three pins with two covered by a jumper. You move the jumper from pins 1&2 to pins 2&3 and let it set for a few minutes then reset the jumper to pins 1&2 and replace the battery. CMOS and BIOS will be back at default settings after doing this.

Now check that everything is seated correctly, both the 4 pin and 20 or 24 pin power is connected and secure and if so then plug the PC back into the wall and make sure that any LEDs that should be lighted on the mobo are lighted. If all is still well then turn it on. Hopefully she boots right back into BIOS.

If you get back into BIOS you can start troubleshooting by turning the PC off and unplugging it and reconnecting peripherals one at a time. The idea here is to connect and reboot until something hangs your system up This presumably is the bad piece of gear.

If you cant get into BIOS and have the same problem as before then you know it is either the PSU, the RAM, the CPU, the mobo itself or the video card. Change out each these until you get into BIOS. I would start at the PSU as it is usually the guilty party in a situation like this and is also easy to change in and out you are down to just 2 plugs now remember). Next up would be the video card and/or RAM and if still no luck then things get hard as you now have to consider either the CPU or the mobo.

Good luck and happy hunting.




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
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Keith Hill Jan 02, 2006, 12:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Colin-

Just FYI but the NVraid (red ports) do not support SATA2. Black yes, but red no.

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Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Jan 02, 2006, 01:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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cane we have this faq locked.

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david cole Jan 02, 2006, 01:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc,
REALLY appreciate your detailing the barebones approach, which will start today as time permits. Also for the comments on testing the PSU. This is where I was going, but your planned approach is going to save me time in developing my own scheme. Thanks for all the support you put into this site.

QUOTE: "David, I think I tried to help you out months ago." UNQUOTE

Yes, I did put a question or two out about the chipfan failing and possible replacement options several weeks back, but about that time the unit went down dead. I did purchase one of the Pabst fans based on replies, but the unit going down prevented installation. Meanwhile based on first-round tests at home, parts were RMA'd so nothing further progressed for this period of time. RMAs apparently went slow getting into the holiday season. Just now really getting back into diagnostic action since the parts did not resolve all the problems.

A8N-SLI Deluxe, FX-55, Win XP Pro - was main, being rebuilt after electrical storm
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Colin Howell Jan 02, 2006, 02:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Cheers Guys

Merc: I've totally disabled the NVRAID on a number of occasions - whilst the bios recognises the disk as the SATA 1 Master, I can do nothing with it - when I load XP, just as it goes into setting up windows, it hangs while it's examining the disks along the atapibus. If I F6 to include the 3rd party drivers and include the nvraid storage controller.... it still hangs, but this time, during the examination of the nvatabus (instead of the idebus), but judging from what ozzy said in a reply or two later, that the nVidia controller doesn't support SATA2, then maybe I would have to setup a SATA1 disk to prove it one way or the other.

Ozzy: Grateful for the nod on the nvidia controller not supporting SATA2 - but even if I totally turn off the NVRAID and go for the SiI3114 controller, if I try to set up XP on a drive attached to this controller, then with OR without F6 to include any 3rd party drivers or not - the setup process comes back with "could not find any disks"?? I have 2 SATA2 disks and have tried them both, so I'm reluctant to accept it's a faulty disk - PLUS, should disks attached to the Si controller be seen in the BIOS as SATA Masters??, as they are not shown at all - yet if enable the Si controller in the Bios, the SiIRaid software sees the disk no problem.

Any more ideas guys

Merc Jan 02, 2006, 03:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Colin, Just looked over your earlier posts and saw that you had a 4400X2. I believe you need BIOS 1011 or above to get the board to recognize your CPU. I recommend you flash to 1016, the latest BIOS revision and then try to install windows.

EDIT: actually the Asus site specifies BIOS revision 1015.005 or above for the 4400X2 CPU. Flasn 1016 BIOS revision and see if it helps.

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
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