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Merc Jan 07, 2006, 03:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 07, 2006, 03:45pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Brad-
Shouldn't be a problem doing the install as you stated with the IDE drive.

Spread Spectrum is designed to reduce EMI (electromagnetic interference) by modulating the signals generated by the motherboards clock generator pulses. It varies the frequency slightlt to reduce the spikes which can supposedly be used to eavesdrop on your PC or may cause some noise on say the onboard sound. Can cause system instability in some cases, one of them being if you overclock.

Bottom-line, disable it. It is a crash generator.

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
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Merc Jan 07, 2006, 03:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Robert-
If you plan on running two video cards the 400 watt PSU won't cut it. If you keep the components to a minimum you should be OK though as the specs read pretty high. 1 HDD, 6600GT video card, 85w CPU and one DVD.CD RW drive should run OK. Push past that and you may see some instability.

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
Brad P. Jan 07, 2006, 04:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks Merc !

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
Cooper McGoodwin Jan 07, 2006, 08:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi,

I've recently purchased this mobo as well as the AMD64 X2 4400+ as an upgrade to my current setup. I'm currently running my OS (WinXP Pro SP2) in RAID-0 on dual 36gb raptors.

I'm interested in making this new installation as painless as possible and i'm wondering what precautions i should take? Should the new mobo recognize the existing RAID setup or will i have to reinstall my OS? Please let me know. Thx!

Cooper

Merc Jan 07, 2006, 10:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I'd always reinstall the OS with a new system. Just avoids a lot of problems. You can make it work but it would be better to do it fresh

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
Rob Meier Jan 08, 2006, 09:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I am having an interesting problem. I just built two identical systems. Here are the specs.

A8N-SLI Deluxe
XFX GeForce 7800 GT - single card
AMD Athlon 4000+ San Diego
Corsair 2 gig DDR 3200
Zalman 120 mm processor fan
Sony DVD DL burner
Maxtor 100 GB SATA drive
550 W Antec PSU
Cooler Master case

Here is my problem. When I restart my computer, I can post fine, but when I boot through the SATA drive my computer freezes. When I turn the computer off and leave it set for about 5 seconds I can turn it on and it boots up. Not a big deal but I can deal with it. I thought it was the power so I checked that out. I have more than enough power to run the computer. I thought it might be the SATA controller.

Here is my other problem. When playing BF2 (which works great when the computer boots!), I can be in a server and I disconnect about every 10 minutes. It only happens to these two new computers so I can say that it is the computer's fault. I am using the Nvidia gigabit ether port right now. I was thinking of just going out and getting a ether pci card. That should free up some of the stress on the mobo. I am using a netgear router, about 1 year old. I have a cable connection through road runner. Two computers connect through wireless, three through LAN.

Another thing that might help. I have updated to the most updated, non-beta bios and ntune. I hope this is enough info to get some help.

Merc Jan 08, 2006, 09:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Rob-
There is a patch for Maxtor SATA drives. I don't have the details but you canresearch it. It may answer your questions. BF2 is one buggy bastard of a game. Make sure your virus protection is off, especially any worm protection, and if using the Armor firewall disable it.

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
SemperFi77 Jan 09, 2006, 05:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Well, having finally made my way through the RMA gauntlet with Newegg, who kept sending me rebuilt motherboards with no accessories, I now have my hands on a new motherboard. I'm attempting to run two RAID arrays utilizing both RAID controller chips but am running into problems. I successfully set up an array using the NVIDIA controller - two WD Raptors in RAID 0. Had Windows operational. I next installed two 300 gig Seagates on the Silicon controller - set up both drives in RAID 0. At this point the computer would not boot - basically acting as if it didn't see an operating system. So - now I'm wondering - it should be possible to run two arrays but is there a certain way I should go about setting the arrays up? Any insights/assistance greatly appreciated.

"Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas" (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever) United States Marines
Merc Jan 09, 2006, 06:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Semper-
In BIOS, under Hardware I believe, there is a setting for boot order where you determine which device boots first (Floppy, HDD, CD, etc.) When you install a new HDD a second category appears called HDD boot order and makes your new HDD's the primary boot device. Just switch your Raptors to #1 and the two 300GB HDD's to #2 and restart.

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
Jon LaRusso Jan 09, 2006, 09:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Re: Jon LaRusso and Hitachi drive testing

Run Hitachi's "Drive Fitness Test". You can download it here:
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

Rob Meier Jan 09, 2006, 03:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> fixes
I fixed my problem with the internet crasking. Turns out my router was going bad. It lived long but it was on it;s last days.

I still havn't fixed my problem with the drives not booting when I restart. I can still shut down and start up fine. Weird. I looked on Maxtor's site and diddn't find anything on how to fix this. No updates or patches for the quickview 100gb drive.

Chris Johnson Jan 09, 2006, 04:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe: Memory
I have been wondering if I could put some ddr sdram (600) 4800 into this mobo.
here are the current specs.

AN8-SLI Deluxe motherboard, AMD 4000+ Processor, Thermaltake Armor VA8000B Series Case,
2x512 Kingston ddr 3200 400mhz RAM, Ultra X-Connect 500 watt ATX power supply,
Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM Serial ATA II SATA Caviar SE Hard Drive
with 16MB Buffer, Sony DVD-RW DRU 720A, ASUS EN7800GTX TOP Limited Edition

If anyone has tried any ram faster than (400) and had success I would greatly appreciate your response.

SemperFi77 Jan 09, 2006, 04:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc - Many thanks for your reply. Unfortunately by the time I'd read it I'd already pulled the 300 gig Seagate drives from the Silicon SATA connectors and rebuilt the RAID 0 array on the Nvidia controller. At this point I have a fully operable system running on two WD Raptors in RAID 0. I'm rethinking how to install the two 300 gig Seagates. It would seem to me that I could connect the drives to SATA connectors 3 and 4 on the Nvidia controller and simply run them as standalone drives. If that's not a good plan please let me know. Greatly appreciate your help. Semper Fi!

"Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas" (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever) United States Marines
Merc Jan 10, 2006, 05:56am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Semper Fi-
Actually, it is better to stay on the Nvidia controller as the throughput is higher since it is native to the southbridge. The Sil has to go through the PCI bus if I'm not mistaken. Just plug them into the two remaining ports on the Nvidia port but DO NOT ENABLE those ports in BIOS. Leave them disabled. Remember, the Nvidia control in BIOS is for RAID functions only, which doesn't apply to these two as you want them to be independent. The 4 ports themselves are active at startup and can not be disabled in BIOS. So leave your Raptor ports enabled and the two 300GB drive ports disabled and the drives will show up as two independent 300GB HDD's.

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
Jon LaRusso Jan 10, 2006, 10:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
More on my HD issues. So far no boot failures. About a minute delay upon startup

Also I am doing the following upon shutdown, who knows if this helps:
Shutdown. Wait for computer to spin down. Turn off power at back of machine. Wait for power led to turn off. Turn off power supply.

I will take the advice and run the Hitachi tests. I think my drive is healthy, because I have rarely had crashes.

Merc Jan 10, 2006, 11:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
John-
You may have damaged that HDD when you had both power connectors plugged in. Do you have another drive you can test the system with?

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
jeswa .... Jan 10, 2006, 11:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Asus A8N-SLI secondary PATA channel problem....
Hello All,
OK, I have an A8n-SLI only (please don't throw eggs) and I have a weird issue, seems like there's an easy fix. I have 2 drives on my secondary pata channel, connected correctly cable wise (slave is connected to the slave port on an 80 pin ide cable and ditto w/master).

Both drives show up n the bios.

Both drives show up in device manager under disk drives (though the master drive, a Hitachi 250gb is listed only as "disk drive").

Both drives show up in the device manager's IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers> Nvidia nForce4 Parallel ATA Controller Properties>Secondary Channel Tab running at Ultra DMA 5 speed.
Both drives pass the speed test.

Both drives show up as unallocated in the disk management console.

Neither drive shows up in Windows Explorer.

Pop either drive in an external case or another computer and they show up and work fine.

I just built the system last night.
All drivers up to date from Asus and Nvidia.

Any hints?
Thanks...

Merc Jan 10, 2006, 01:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
jeswa
First I'd check to see if hey are enabled in device manager. Then I'd quickly blame Asus' dogshit IDE drivers and I'd remove the all the nvidia drivers including display, then run drivercleaner in safe mode. Then reload all the drivers except the IDE and the active armor. The MS drivrs will run your IDE bus just fine. Sucks to have to do this but these two items have proved to be the thorn in the NF4 chipset BTW, this is not just an A8N SLI Deluxe problem, it goes to all mobos with the NF4 chipset.

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
david cole Jan 10, 2006, 10:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Jon LaRusso,,
The Pabst fan is slightly smaller than the factory fan, so clearance is no problem. Have them both side-by-side right now making the comparison. You will lose fan speed monitering with the Pabst, but I trust it more, being I am on the third factory fan already. Pabst goes in the next time I have it apart or next fan failure, whichever occurs first!

Merc, FYI
My computer has been back up for four hours now, so it is still a finger-crossing period. Not actually sure the exact 'fix', as I have changed out so many connections, cables, tests, etc, some of them two and three times. But when I got home and fired it up, it RAN!. Excellent picture in digital mode again.

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,

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