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Merc Jan 04, 2006, 10:08am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 04, 2006, 10:11am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Colin-
Ok the above clarifies some things, thanks. Yes, disabling Nvraid in BIOS disables RAID on all the ports. I went to that detail earlier just to push the point. The fact that you are seeeing the drive as SATA_1 Master means that the A8N SLI Deluxe is recognizing the drive, SATA functionality is good and the mobo is good! That's good news. Your system and install are fine and functioning perfectly hardware-wise.

The problem is within your windows install. Best course of action is to just go ahead and re-install windows. Would it be possible to do this?

Matthew-
That's a good catch. Didn't realize it was a Maxtor drive and yes there was issues with Maxtors and this mobo in the past in some cases. Colin, now that you know your rig is built correctly and BIOS is set up right you may want to try that patch before re-installing windows. At least you know the problem isn't the mobo and BIOS set up.

Merc
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1 x XFX 8800GTX XXX Watercooled
2 GB Team Xtreme DDR2 800-PC6400
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Colin Howell Jan 04, 2006, 03:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Cheers guys - thanks for all the input here, you're working hard, I need all the help I can get :-)

Matthew
Thanks for the nod on the Maxtor site/firmware update - I will definitely check into that further as a matter of the disks being my problem and not the motherboard. My only reservation is that the issue with Maxtor (from what I can see) has been around for a good while now - I was hoping that nVidia and Asus would have bottomed it in the recent bios releases from the mobo perspective and the fact that I've only recently purchased these disks (after them being out of stock) was leading me to believe that the disks should have the current patch firmware already applied?? - I can't readily identify a firmware number off the disk, but will check on the maxtor site.

Merc

As per the earlier post, be grateful if you could tell me... Should the Bios list the drives as SATA _x MASTER when they are plugged into the SiI3114 controller?? - with not having any SATA I drives to hand, I use the SATA II disk with modified pin settings to put it into SATA I mode?? - I'm trying to work out if my board is not happen with the demoted SATAII or if the SiI3114 Satas do not get listed in the bios at all?

Unfortunately, installing XP is where my problem lies - XP setup loads it's usual pre-install drivers and eventually comes to the "Windows is starting setup - hit return to continue" screen, what SHOULD happen next, is that Windows examines the bus for the installed hard drives and offers the disks for partition creation/deletion etc, what ACTUALLY happens is the system hangs, with the status message "examining 239367mb DISK 0 at ID 0 on atapi bus". HOWEVER, if I go to the trouble of setting up raid, using the same disks in the same location in the nVidia controller, then windows quite happily goes on to install - so there is definitely a problem with individual non-raid sata disks.

The only way of proving disk or mobo now is to get hold of a non-maxtor SATA II disk to see if the board is acting funny with all non-raid disks or just the maxtors that I have.

Rgrds
Colin

Richie B Jan 04, 2006, 03:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc- Thanks a lot for your help. But.................

I have good news and i have bad news.

First the good news. I have found the problem! After about two hours of sitting with my mobo on the table precariously wired in with a graphics card and swapping drives about, I connected the floppy and when i powered up I heard it "pop".
So, only one thing gonna cause that, the PSU. I got my old PSU from my (the one I am using now) PC and wired that in temporarily, and guess what, I recognises the SATA drive, the IDE hard drive on the primamry IDE and the optical drive on the secondary IDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOORAY.

The bad news. That damned dodgy PSU has claimed the lives of one SATA drive, two IDE drives, a CD writer drive, a DVD writer drive and a floppy drive. Yee Gods!!!!!!
So if any one reading this works for a company called Novatech you might want to consider calling in sick tomorrow because when I get down there the proverbial S**T is gonna hit the fan.

The PSU is a HIPER 580W Type-R, reccomended by the salesman in the store as definitley being exactly what I want to run a high end PC.

Merc, thankyou very much for your assistance, so much attention makes me feel all warm inside LOL.

Regards
Richie.

PS: Colin- I hope you find the root of your problems, might wanna check the PSU lol

Pieter B Jan 04, 2006, 03:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc,

Thanks for the help again.
I did use the stand-offs to begin with. I completely removed the MoBO, replaced the one stand-off and screw that looked suspicious with a new set, put the Mobo back in and behold: It booted properly right away!
Guess there was a short after all. Thanks again for pointing this out, I would never have suspected myself that this was the cause of it all.

Thanks,
Pieter

Richie B Jan 04, 2006, 04:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 04, 2006, 05:33pm EST

 
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Hello again, just a note to everyone to check those molex connectors.

Just been examining my 'faulty' PSU and i found something very interesting.
All of the power cables have the red cable on one side then two black and then the yellow on the fourth connector: except one which is back to front. Some dullard wired it up wrong. Luckily they are all sealed connectors so the shop can't try and blame me for switching them. Sounds like pretty good evidence to me.

How does this PSU rate for a high end sli set up:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?ENE-EG565

Richie.


libby kennedy Jan 04, 2006, 05:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i recently purchased a asus a8n-sli mainboard,amd atholon 64x2 dual core 3800 cpu,nvidia g-force 6200 graphics card, 2x512 corsair extreme memory ialso up graded power supply to 400w 24pin connection my problem is i cant get system to boo i only get 1 long beep an 2 short beeps any help would be much appreciated

Richie B Jan 04, 2006, 05:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Libby- Try and use only one RAM module in slot B1, I had a few problems like this with two OCZ modules but it is ok with just one. After I flashed the BIOS to 1016 it then was quite happy to use both sticks in A1 and B1.

Richie.

libby kennedy Jan 04, 2006, 06:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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have tried that already but that didnt work even tried ordinary pci card still no display thanks anyway as im greatful for any help

Le Fartly Jan 04, 2006, 06:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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can anyone help with my above query?

Merc Jan 04, 2006, 09:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Libby-
1 long and 2 short indicates a video problem. Video card is probably not inserted securely. Remove the card and reseat in the PCIe slot closest to the CPU. Handy BIOS error beep code page here http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm#05

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
Merc Jan 04, 2006, 09:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LeFartly-
Don't have access t the manual right now but red light indicates a specific fault. Refer to the manual. I'll try and help you tomorrow if that doesn't work.

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
Le Fartly Jan 04, 2006, 10:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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red light is the warn_led, just means there is no power in the ez molex on the mobo, but as im only using the single card i shouldnt need it. weird thing is, the 6800gs works in the black slot, not the blue, its suppose to be the other way around.

Le Fartly Jan 05, 2006, 05:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I give up. I have done everything known to man. Have double checked every single bios setting. Flashed. Restored. Checked video card. Nothing works.

Someone please help, im really angry about this product now.

Have read on here at least two others had same problem, but cannot find a resolution.

Please help.

Merc Jan 05, 2006, 06:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LeFartly-
Your problem sounds like it's hardware related rather than in BIOS. It sounds like the board is being shorted out or isn't receiving good power. The problem be similar to Pieter's in that you have a loose or stray standoff mounted between the board and the case or something else made of metal in there. I'd remove the board and count the standofffs, look for stray screws etc.. I'd also make sure that all my power connections (4 pin and 24 pin) are secure and that the PSU is actually sending good power out. Reseat that video card and RAM then turn the system back on.

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
Le Fartly Jan 05, 2006, 08:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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well it wasnt the screws or plugs, did a rebuild and still no good. dead slot?

Merc Jan 05, 2006, 08:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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...or dead card, can you check with another card? The proper PCIe slot is the one closest to the CPU BTW.

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
libby kennedy Jan 05, 2006, 10:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i've changed graphics card tried 1 memory stick also cleared cmos an i'm not even getting a beep now

Merc Jan 05, 2006, 10:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Have you tested the PSU with either a multimeter or PSU tester?

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
Jacob Merrill Jan 05, 2006, 11:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm trying to flash the BIOS, I booted off floppy no problem, inputted the name of the file. But it's just been saying Please Wait ! for the last 10 minutes. What should I do?

Brad P. Jan 05, 2006, 12:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm building a new computer starting next week and I'm a bit confused by a couple of things. I want to upgrade my bios to 1016 and I have the 6.65 chipset drivers. Asus says to install the drivers before flashing the bios. So does this mean I need to install WIn xp first then install the chipset drivers and then flash the bios, or can I flash the bios, install XP then the chipset drivers? Thanks for any help on this!

A8N32 Sli Deluxe,AMD 4000 San Diego,Gigabyte PDU21SC,Corsair 3200 c2pt 2 gigs,2 Hitachi T7K250 (160 gig ea.) Sata2 Raid 0,Creative X FI, BFG7800GT,Silverstone ST60F

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