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david cole Jan 10, 2006, 10:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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jeswa,
quote[Both drives show up as unallocated in the disk management console.
Neither drive shows up in Windows Explorer.] unquote

In the BIOS, does the boot order of ALL the hard disks show up in the proper order - the disk on which Windows is installed should be listed as boot. There are two places in BIOS where you specify boot sequences - first among the devices such as hard disks, CD, floppy, etc. Second you specify the sequence in which it should search among the hard drives for the OS.

In windows explorer, have you designated in Explorer which is the System drive? If the disks are formatted and the system drive has been designated , they should show up properly. The message you gave usually suggests that Windows has not recognized which disks have the operating system, or that the disks are not formatted.





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
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Adam Cunningham Jan 11, 2006, 07:56am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Right Ive got 3 problems, First is Bios Checksum errors on random restarts, Random restarts that Microsoft says is a Driver Problem, probably graphics, and one last oddity In BIOS is detecting 2gb of ram when i only have 1 gb installed (2 corsair 512mb xms modules) I have tried reinstalling drivers, both nforce and the latest graphics drivers but nothing has worked, ive even done a full reinstallation of windows. Im contemplating resetting the cmos ram with the jumpers, neone think it will help?
P.S. Problems like this i know have come up before in the thread, but any answers are much appreciated

AMD Athalon 3500+ 64bit
1gb Corsair ram
geforce 6600gt
A8N-Sli D 1001-016 bios revision

Merc Jan 11, 2006, 08:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Adam-
Resetting CMOS/BIOS is no big deal and is a daily event for a rabid overclocker. The only gotcha is you must remember any particular BIOS settings you have applied as everything will be set to default.. Unplug PC, remove the battery, move the little jumper right next to it from pins 1&2 to 2&3 for a few seconds to short any remaining voltages then move it back to pins 1&2, replace the battery, plug in and start back up.

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
Mike Yi Jan 11, 2006, 08:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I discovered a source of instability for all SLI systems. Apparently, Java doesn't like SLI. What I was experiencing was any time I tried to load a page that had Java on it, my browser would lock up (Firefox and IE), the screen would revert to 640x480 with like 8-bit colors, then the machine would lock hard. A reset would get reboot the system, but the next time i tried to run any java app, I'd get the same thing. I tried uninstalling java and every time I tried, I'd get a BSOD followed quickly by a reboot. When trying to reinstall java, I got the same thing.

If you're getting this, do the following:
1. Start->Control Panel->System
2. Click the Advanced Tab
3. Click the Environment Variables button
4. Click the New button
5. For Variable name:_JAVA_OPTIONS
6. For Variable value:-Dsun.java2d.d3d=false
7. Click OK button.
8. Click OK button.
9. Click OK button.
I did it in the bottom section, but if you only have one user on your system, it's probably much safer to put it on the top.

That fixed it. Now java runs fine. Hope that helps somebody.

Gerald Dalley Jan 12, 2006, 12:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My system had no problems up until about a week ago. At that time, I thought it would be wise to update my drivers and BIOS. Oops! I had the 1006 BIOS and some older version of the nforce drivers. I think it might have been what came on my CD. I updated to the 6.70 NForce drivers from NVidia and the 1016 BIOS from Asus. After rebooting, my RAID 0 array could not be recognized, my system would BSOD and auto-reboot when using the network, and Windows would freeze up (numlock still works, mouse moves, but computer ignores all input) when transferring files between hard drives. Trying to rebuild the RAID array, I eventually typed "Y" instead of "N" at the one wrong place and wiped out my data. With my RAID trashed, I tried to at least solve the other two problems. The network problems could be minimized by using the Windows firewall instead of NVidia.

I just spent all afternoon and evening troubleshooting. Eventually, I decided to try a fresh install of Windows on one of the ex-RAID drives. I found that the 6.39 drivers seemed stable and I couldn't recreate any problems with them (but I didn't have a way of testing the RAID woes since my array was gone at that point). The 6.53 drivers didn't have lockup problems, but I had wierd problems where I couldn't get my machine to accept DHCP responses. After a reboot or two, I could get the network to function properly with windows firewall, but never with NVidia's. Finally, I installed the 6.70 drivers. It's back to locking up quickly and doing random reboots. The windows event log was able to trap just one meaningful error: ID 1003, with error code 000000fc (which lead me to this forum).

So, my current plan is to "downgrade" to the 6.39 drivers from NVidia, and then fire off another email to Asus tech support. With the 6.39 drivers, hopefully I can go back to my old installation that I left intact while experimenting.

Sidenote: Between each set of drivers, I uninstalled the old ones, rebooted until NVidia stopped wanting to reboot, and then installed the new ones.

Merc Jan 12, 2006, 06:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Grerald-
Which did you do first, the BIOS flash or the chipset driver update?

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
Gerald Dalley Jan 12, 2006, 08:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I updated the chipset drivers first to 6.70 since the Asus download says we need at least 6.65 in red letters. I have not downgraded the BIOS since then, but was able to get a stable system (or at least it looked like it) using 6.39 and a mostly stable system with 6.53 (nvidia firewall gave me trouble). For the fresh install, I started with no drivers (and pretty minimal system functionality), and tried each of these sets of drivers. I used a USB key to transfer the driver install programs. 6.70 was the least stable.

Merc Jan 12, 2006, 08:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gerald-
I haven't used the 1016 and have had some problems with different BIOS revisions in my rig. 1014 would not allow me to use the overclock I have used 24/7 since I built the thing. Anyways I use 1013 and my rig seems happy with that. Maybe someone else can comment on the 1016 BIOS. ALWAYS reset the CMOS/BIOS before pursuing anything deeper in your troubleshooting matrix. Even though you flashed the BIOS which effectively overwrites the code on the EEPROM chip there are residual settings left within it. This is why on some flashes of the BIOS the time doesn't need to be reset in BIOS while in others it does.

Since you have slicked your HDD's (damn man than sucks) already I would look at this as a fresh install and do-over. First reset the CMOS/BIOS (unplug, remove batter, switch jumpers etc.). Set up your RAID floppy and then reinstall windows with the array that you want. After windows looks healthy and you have updated everything install your chipset drivers without the damn Active armor or the IDE drivers. Then install the display driver and keep going. I think you'll be OK.

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
Monty Jan 12, 2006, 03:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello everyone. I just surfed in looking for information and boy, do I have a lot to read here. I was trying to find out the fundamental differences between SLI - SLI SE - and SLI DeLuxe?. I now understand the SE is a Windows friendly version of the SLI, but where does the DeLuxe come in? Was it the forerunner of the others? I have just ordered a heavily discounted SLI DeLuxe thinking it was a bargain, but now I have my doubts. Any thoughts on that please?
I would be happy if someone could confirm or otherwise, this mobo is OK for 64 x2 CPU?
I already run A7N8X DeLuxe and want to upgrade to 64 x2, the spare stuff going in to my older No2 computer. I had thought, incorrectly it seems, that changing the mobo would be relatively straight forward but from what I have read on this forum and other sources, my confidence has been shaken a bit! Softly, softly, catchee monkey seems the tip, but can anyone offer any rock solid do's and dont's? There is loads to plough through on this forum and I will try to do so but I have read so much in the last 48hrs I am beginning to think the existing spec of my computer is not so bad after all ;-)

Monty - Brit in France.

AN8-SLI \ AMD 64x2 3800@2.4Ghz
2Gb Corsair TwinX 400hz
2 x MSI NX8600GTS 256mb DDR3 HD OC
2 X 250G SATA-1 WD Caviar 16m
SoundBlaster x-Fi 7:1
Seasonic S12- 650w PSU
Merc Jan 12, 2006, 04:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Monty-
Don't be discouraged by the length of tis thread, 90% of the posts are for problems that aren't related to the A8N SLI Deluxe. They are basic new builder problems that were posted here becasue the builder was using the A8N SLI Deluxe board. The solution was usually something generic to any build that wasn't done correctly. The earliest posts were when Nvidia and Asus were ironing out the bugs on the first mobo to use SLI, the A8N SLI Deluxe. It was a new technology back then and had the usual growing pains. SLI is now matured and those bugs are gone.

One big problem of note was that the chipset fan in the first boards was a bad one and failed regularly. Your board should have the new chipset fan installed which is fairly good. Many of the other problems such as IDE drivers and the Nvidia Active Armor firewall are found on any mobo using the NF4 chipset (read every SLI mobo) and I'd advise you don't install those when you install the chipset driver.

The one thing to be aware of is that if your board ships with a BIOS earlier than 1010 (it should have 1010 though) then you will need a single core CPU to flash the BIOS to the latest revision (1016 as of now). A lot of motherboards have this issue so once again don't blame the A8N SLI deluxe.

I wrote an updated guide utilizing the first few pages of what Sander wrote and incorporating the lessons learned over the last few months. If you want a copy, PM me your email and I'll shoot it to you. It will help with your set up. Also, don't, DO NOT , Forget About, skimping on the PSU. get a good one or pay the price. That guide has an updated list.

Good luck with your build and realize that a lot of the top OEM SLI systems use the A8N SLI Deluxe. I recommend the Premium as it has a lot of tweaks and improvements but if you got a good price then enjoy 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
Monty Jan 12, 2006, 04:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Merc. I have ordered the 64x2 and the mobo at the same time so if the early BIOS requires a single core to flash!!! I suppose I will have to wait and see all the tech spec paperwork first and take it from there. Perhaps this mobo was discounted because it was older stock but I will have to wait and see. Thanks for the offer of the guide which I will take you up on. I will check tomorrow my existing px unit tomorrow to see if it up to the job but no problems if I have to replace it.
Monty

Monty - Brit in France.

AN8-SLI \ AMD 64x2 3800@2.4Ghz
2Gb Corsair TwinX 400hz
2 x MSI NX8600GTS 256mb DDR3 HD OC
2 X 250G SATA-1 WD Caviar 16m
SoundBlaster x-Fi 7:1
Seasonic S12- 650w PSU
Ned Antell Jan 12, 2006, 05:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Im running an amd 3700+, 1 gig of dual channel ocz plat, a vantec 460w as well as this mobo. Every time I boot, it takes about 3 minutes. 3 minutes is not a long time in reality but something must be wrong. The first page I get is the energy start ally page that states that it is an asus a8n, the processor, memory, chipset, pimary IDE, secondary and multiple SATA masters. THis screen is up for about a minute or two. The next says Sil 3114 SATA raid, which I am not using out of a lack of knowledge and too lazy to learn really. This page is up for around 20 seconds. The next is the PCI device listings, UBS, cpu cache and primary and seconday disks and lasts around a minute. I've uninstalled and re-installed all drivers on the mobo and tried leaving the RAID drivers out but I get no changes. Also, a rather noobish question, is it worth ocing for running apps like bf2 and cod2? I'll be watercooled soon enough.

Gerald Dalley Jan 13, 2006, 10:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc-

Thanks for the tips. My system seems to be stable again. Here's what I did and what happened...

I reset the RTC RAM the hardware way, as you suggested. I then tried following the BIOS directions from the very first post in this massive discussion chain. Wouldn't POST, and the beep codes said it was a video problem. I reset the RTC RAM again and set up the BIOS myself. I basically turned off everything I wasn't using, but (unlike that first post suggests), I left all timing settings (bus, RAM, etc.) alone as "auto." After doing this, I took my test install of Windows and unloaded the 6.70 drivers and reloaded them, without the IDE or ActiveArmor. It worked. I then decided to press my luck and reinstall the IDE driver (uninstall all non-video drivers, then reinstall 6.70, accepting all but ActiveArmor). It says you need them to run RAID and that it makes things faster. This seemed to work fine.

I guess I was a little unclear in my first post... I have 4 HDDs. Two connected to SATA, one of which was originally my Windows boot drive. I then had a pair of identical HDDs as a RAID 0 array on my primary PATA controller. The RAID array was used as a data disk and scratch space. During the BIOS and chipset upgrades, I only lost the RAID array (in terms of storage). My main Windows installation was fine, except it would auto-reboot after about a minute of being used. Asus tech support blew me off, so I decided to troubleshoot on my own. In doing so, I eventually accidentally cleared the RAID disks (too many questions that you have to answer Y/N). From that point on, I used a new partition on my primary master PATA drive for a fresh test install of Windows.

After the test install looked stable, I went back to my original SATA install of Windows, uninstalled all non-video NVidia drivers (it took a few attempts to take), and reinstalled 6.70 with the IDE drivers but without the ActiveArmor stuff. I then taxed the system as much as I could easily do (simultaneously move gigabytes of files between drives, start downloading my backup, play a DirectX game, etc.). The system seems stable.

So in the end, my biggest losses are some scripts that I've been refining over the course of several months, a lot of wasted time, having to use a software firewall again, and some loss of faith in Asus and NVidia.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

Taddy Porter Jan 13, 2006, 10:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok, I always considered myself a very adept computer user. I've built about 6 computers and never had any problems at all. About a year ago I built an HTPC and loved it. It worked fine for about 8 months, but around September I began having problems. I've done everything I could but I can't figure out what's happening. I'm hoping some one here can help me, because right now I'm looking at a $1500 paperweight sitting next to my computer.

Here's what happend first. Like I said, everything worked great for several months. Around September I started getting some artificating on my pictures. I'd get "ghost" images in the middle of watching tv. Eventually when I rebooted, the picture of the BIOS logo was distorted and missing pixels (lots). My computer would randomly look up.

I RMA'd the videocard. After 6 weeks MSI finally sent me a new card. This cleared up the artificating and ghosting the BIOS logo returned to normal. However, the computer would only view video for an hour or so. After that time the picture would just freeze and the system would not respond at all.

I thought the PSU may be the problem so I replaced it with a 550watt Enermax. Still the same thing happened. Nothing in the error logs.

After awhile the MOBO just quit working completely, it wouldn't even post. So, I RMA'd the MOBO. As I said when I first got the MOBO back it worked fine. Then after about 2 weeks I started getting lock ups. After some time I'd hear the sound just repeating and the computer would freeze. No errors in the logs.

Does any one have any ideas on what could be wrong? I'm up for any suggestions. Basically, I've replaced the Video Card, PSU and MOBO and I still have issues. I'm at my wit's end now.

I've tried booting with different RAM sticks and in different slots, same thing. Temperatures were fine. CPU was in the 40's. Vidcard got up into the 60's and chipset was in the 40's. Both Speedfan and Motherboard Monitor showed temps of 125 on 2 readings, but I think that was an error because the ASUS monitors showed nothing that high and the BIOS hardware monitor didn't show this reading, so I'm assuming this was a communication error in speedfan/MOBO Monitor.

I did use the brass mobo standoffs and I've reseated everything at least 3 times. The only thing I have not replaced on the MOBO now are the 2 Mushkin RAM sticks and the 3 capture cards. Any one got an idea at?

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe
3x250GB SATA HDD's
Liteon DVDR
2xPVR-150
1xDVICO Fustion 3 Gold
MPlay-202 VFD (doesn't work-gets distorted text)
MCE Remote
MSI Geforce 6600GT Vid Card
Running Windows MCE with all available updates
Wireless Logitech keyboard/mouse combo

Merc Jan 13, 2006, 10:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ned-
You need to turn off all the things you aren't using, like the Sil controller, in BIOS. If you aren't using the serial ports, turn 'em off. No firewire...off. Not using the parallel ports...off. Your sytem is doing exactly what you told it to do, activate everything and test it upon boot up.

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 13, 2006, 11:04am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Taddy, just off hand I'd say you have a conflict among all those video capture cards. Have you tried removeing two of them, resetting BIOS/CMOS and seeing if that 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
1 x 640
Taddy Porter Jan 13, 2006, 11:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc-nope, haven't tried removing two of them. I've removed 1 and still got the error, but I'll give it another shot tonight with just 1 card and see how it goes.

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Taddy-

I have a Hauppauge card in my machine and I've found that it doesn't work if I place it in the last PCI slot, but it does work if I placed it in the 2nd-to-last slot. I haven't tried the others since I wanted to keep it as far away from my video card as possible for cooling reasons. It sounds like your problem is probably different since you said it used to work fine, but as you test it with just one card, you might want to see if it matters which PCI slot you're using.

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Greetings all,

So, I built what I thought was going to be an Uber box, and all in all it's stable and reasonably fast. However, it exhibits some odd behavior in older games and newer games.

I started to play Rogue Spear Urban Operations, and found that the video would twitch once the character started moving, then stopped. Oddly enough the fix for this issue was to completely max out the graphics settings on the video card. (They were already maxed out on the game controls.)

When playing multi-player Midtown Madness 2 on the box with 3 other pcs connected to it on the local (100MBit) network, cars begin to 'teleport' when my vehicle comes in close proximity to them. None of the other (lesser) boxes has this problem. I tried the "Max out the graphics" solution, and while it did actually minimize the problem, it did not correct it completely.

Even Dungeon Siege 2 would show lag when my wife and I were fighting multiple critters. Even with reduced graphic settings there was a bit of lag.

Lastly, while I can connect to a Battlefield 2 Game and play on line, if I try to connect to the game on the local network, I get bumped off after a minute or two. I have absolutely no issues with Battlefield 1942 however.

On the flip side, Doom 3 plays in single player with 8x AA just fine.

I've building PC's and gaming for around 15 years now and have never seen this kind of behavior.
It just feels like the networking on this mobo is just plain twitchy. Has anyone else noticed this kind of selective wierdness?

Here's the specs:
Single Geforce 6800Gt (81.98 driver)
Nforce 6.70 platform driver. 1016 bios
AMD 64 x2 3800 proc
2Gb Corsair DDR Memory. (4x512 3.3.3.8 latency)
Soundblaster Audigy
Windows XP Pro SP2
Firewall off, no virus scan.

I'm contemplating putting in a separage network card to see if the on-board lan is buggy.
Anybody have any other suggestions?
JL


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Ok i posted a little while back with my problems (230). They r still there and now im getting missing pixels in my Bios Logo. One time it restarted but only gave 1 long beep, blank screen. Im thinking a memory problem but memtest hasnt shown any error as of yet. The error messages on the BSOD have been:
Thread_stuck_in_device_driver
ACTIVE_EX_WORKER_THREAD_TERMINATION
PFN_LIST_CORRUPT
I have really no idea what is goin on, i have reinstalled drivers, done a fresh install of windows, run memtest86, reset the CMOS, reseated the RAM, checked the VGA is seated etc.
AMD Athalon64 3500+
1GB Corsair XMS Pro 2x 512 dimms
Geforce 6600GT 256mb
Seagate Barracuda 200GB
any suggestions appreciated b4 i give up and start replacing things.



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