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Brad P. Jan 18, 2006, 12:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Sorry! I thought I had my system info on my profile
Asus a8n sli deluxe bios 1016
Amd 4000 san diego
2 Hitachi tk250 160 gig each set up in a sata 2 raid
bfg 7800 gt
creative xfi music
2 gig of corsair twin 3200 c2pt
Enermax liberty 500 watt

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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Edited: Jan 18, 2006, 01:20pm EST

 
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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 18, 2006, 01:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Brad-
Are you sure your floppy drive is good? if the light is on continuously then the data plug at the drive is reversed. Also, make sure the floppy itself is good.

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 18, 2006, 01:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc
Both are good. Floppy is new and the light isn't always on. It did start up when I hit f 6 to install the drivers. Something that did strike me kind of odd. My drives are in a sata raid configuration but on start up when I go into set up I don't see them. Is this unusual?

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
Merc Jan 18, 2006, 01:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Brad-
Not sure what you mean but did you load both files off that floppy?

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 18, 2006, 01:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc
Yes....both files loaded
would this keep windows from restarting?

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Merc Jan 18, 2006, 01:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No you need both files to make the RAID controller work. You have to hit the "load file" command twice (not F6 the actual load file command, S, I think that appears later in the XP install). Make sure that in BIOS the Nvidia RAID controller is enabled and you have enabled the two ports and only the two ports that will comprise your array and in which the drives are plugged. Did you do all this?

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 18, 2006, 01:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Brad-
Are you using SATA 2 drives? My mobo does not have SATA 2 but the latest deluxes do. Make sure your's is SATA 2 ready. The plugs are diferent so this shouldn't be an issue

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 18, 2006, 02:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

yes they are sata 2 drives. Hitachi tk250....160 gig each. You just made me think of something though, they run at sata 1.5 until you launch Hitachi's f tool which switches them to the sata 2. I have sata 2 enabled in my bios....could this be it?

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
Brad P. Jan 18, 2006, 02:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc
The plugs look the same to me. I thought the nvraid plugs 3 and 4 were sata 2

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Merc Jan 18, 2006, 02:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Brad-
I haven't used SATA 2 and just now found out the new boards have SATA 2 so you're teaching me. I'd select SATA 1 in BIOS, install windows and then select SATA 2 in BIOS, since it is backwards compatible, and then run the Hitachi tool to get SATA 2 operating on the drives. At least that seems like the logical solution to me. Let me know how that works.

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 18, 2006, 02:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc

Thanks for your help ! I'll give that a try !

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Brad P. Jan 18, 2006, 03:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 18, 2006, 03:34pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc
That didn't help either, same thing is happening. Right now I'm kind of wishing my puter was a horse........at least then I could take it out in the back yard and shoot it!! I was in the other a8n sight and in the settings forum they're telling how to set up an array. After creating an array it says to enter bios and "set array as your hard disk boot drive" I haven't seen anything like that in bios....you know what its talking about? Is this an option in the boot menu?

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Rolo D. Jan 18, 2006, 04:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Brad:

I don't mean to butt in but I might be able to help. I recently installed windows on a RAID 0 set on my board, and I had similar troubles. I can give you a step by step of what I did, I hope it helps. :)
- Made a SIL3114 Raid Driver disk
- Installed drives. And disconnected all of my IDE drives (keeping them connected gave me startup problems).
- In the Bios I enabled the SIL Raid, and disabled the Nvidia Raid (cuz I have other drives on the Nvidia controller).
- Set up SIL3114 RAID0 array using the SIL3114 Utility
- In the Bios change the order of boot devices, so that my DVD-ROM is first, HDD second, and then in the order for HDD's I changed it so the new Raid Array was first and I didnt care about my other drives.
- Finally, I started the windows install, and I had massive problems. Eventually I figured out through various forums and personal trail and error, that I need a clean version of windows to install. That meant, no Titan Ed, or Borg XP, or Windows Nemesis, or even a regular slipstreamed SP2 CD, I had to get a plain old windows xp pro install, not even SP1 on it. When I managed to get this, I was able to do the install on the RAID no problem.

Good luck!

colin tempest Jan 18, 2006, 05:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi Merc thanks for your help i have a power supply on the way for in the morning itis a tagan tg580-u22 580w atx2.01 2force sli i will let you no if it works thanks col

Merc Jan 18, 2006, 08:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Colin, That is supposed to be a great PSU. Hopefully it works but at least you'll be able to say "Well it isn't my PSU thats at fault."

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 18, 2006, 08:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Brad-
Damn I thought that would be it. Anyways, when installing windows set boot order to CDROM, Removable and then Hard Drive. Install windows after it is installed and you restart, set boot order to Hard Drive, CDROM and Removable (doesn't matter as long as Hard drive is first) and you'll boot from the new install. You haven't gotten to the restart though.

I'd start over with the drives set like we thought in that last post and make sure that CDROM is the first device in boot order. In fact set all three to CDROM and have the CD in the drive. System will boot from the CD and then delete all partitions and do a fresh install. If the install is successful then change boot order to HDD, CD, REM.

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
Ray Logan Jan 18, 2006, 09:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I survived my chipset replacement!!!!
Once I read about the chipset failing on the Deluxe mobo and saw that some ppl were having a hard time getting a replacement fan, I called Asus for a replacement even though I didn't have the problem.
Yet
Then last week, it finally happened to me. Much to my disgust that I have to remove the mobo to get behind it just to replace the fan, I survived.
No I cannot get a better replacement due to lack of funds.
Is there a general census on a better replacement?

Anyhoo, just curious: Now you got your SLI PC running, any regrets doing it? Did you feel suckered by the hype like some ppl have been posting in different forums? Or do you have proof/benchmarks to prove that you SLI is still better than a single card system.

I know I feel good about it.
Once again, thanks for the ppl who created this awesome thread. I know I must have referred this forum to death in other forums. LOL



david cole Jan 18, 2006, 10:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
These two questions send me back to the "nubies" line. Seems I have forgotten some early stuff from last spring.....

System doing good since new video card and ASUS checkout of the mobo. BUT, I notice on startup screen that ASUS had reflashed BIOS to 1013 while it was there. That is good. However I do not know what chipset driver may be in use now. Have tried to catch it on startup screens but do not see this listed (unless it flashes by too fast). Do not see it given in any Device Manager listing either. I may be okay with what I have, but it would be nice to confirm or update if appropriate. Where can I locate this info?

Only operational problem I am seeing now is that on a routine Windows shutdown, the processing halts normally and screen goes off, but the system unit remains powered. By this I mean the fans, video card fan, front LED lights keep going full blast. To really shut it off I have to hold the On/Off down a few seconds. What have I forgotten in a software setting or wire connector that I cannot remember right now?

Appreciate a refresher on these two points. Right now my mind is blank and totally absorbed in trying to get a drawing tablet operational on granddaughter's laptop.

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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