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James Schruben Jan 21, 2006, 01:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 21, 2006, 01:45pm EST

 
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Chris Giles Jan 21, 2006, 05:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Merc,

thanks very much for your advice with my BIOS flash - it worked!! I reset the CMOS and then it worked without reverting to previous version, so its now on 1016. I found a good prom programmer at http://www.willem.org/ though! I suppose CMOS reset is part of a proper procedure. I'd flashed it before without doing this...

However, it didnt fix my original problem :( This is that the system freezes after about 10 mins when actively using my soundcard. If anyone has any ideas on that i'd also be most grateful. Here are the details:

- system has been stable otherwise for a long time - this symptom never before occured
- i recently added a Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS PCI card.
- i also recently started to use Ableton Live 5, which is a very cool music program. I guess it gives the system the audio equivalent of the workout the video cards get from the latest games! Ableton seems to have a reputation of being very stable and is used professionally in live situations.
- after actively using Ableton for about 10 mins the system locks up
- by lock up i mean it toally freezes, no mouse, no num lock, no ctrl-alt-del, cant ping it. This is clearly some h/w level problem. There is nothing in the Windows event log.
- no conflicts showing in Windows device manager

I had a similar issue with a Hauppague PVR card on a MSI mobo i got recently and it seemed to be due to incompatibility with a PCI bridge chip on the card with the chipset/bios. There was no solution to that..

I have just upgraded to the latest drivers for the soundcard, and now the latest BIOS for the A8N.

2 things i will try are
- try using the onboard soundcard and verify it is the Soundblaster causing the problem
- move it to a different PCI slot (its in the end one)

I cant really think of anything else.... Anyone have an Audigy or other good sound card installed and working well, or using Ableton?

btw, there's so much great knowledge built up on here, maybe it would be best to have a wiki for it?

cheers,
Chris


James Schruben Jan 21, 2006, 10:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What is a wiki?

Will Dunkerley Jan 22, 2006, 04:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 22, 2006, 05:07am EST

 
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I've been hanging around this thread for a couple of weeks now - can anyone tell me if there is a definitive solution yet to the Video card problem that so many people (including me) seem to be having? To clarify, my system will nearly always boot up, but most of the time without any video going to the screen. Here's my specs and what I've done so far:

A8N Deluxe - flashed to 1016 + Chipset drivers v6.65 (as with another poster, 2 bars did not update when flashing)
Athlon 64 3000
2 x 512 Corsair DDR400
1 x 6800GT
1 x Western Digital SATA
580 watt PSU (replacement after thinking original PSU was the problem)

Everything is in the right slots and seated correctly, and I know the vid card works fine in friends machines. I also think the Mobo is functional, as this is the second one I've had after thinking the first one was faulty.

Previous to flashing to 1016 I was getting a VGA error beep code (where is this vocal post reporting they make so much of?). Now I'm getting a code that sounds like 1 short and 4 medium beeps - hard to tell.

Looking underneath the card, power gets to it for a split second - I can see the lights on the bottom of the card flick on for just a fraction of a second, and then nothing - no lights on the bottom, and the fan doesn't turn. Then, with no apparent pattern, it will suddenly power up just fine, lights on, fan turning etc.

I have tried clearing the CMOS, but if you'll excuse a noob question, I've been doing this to the letter of the manual instructions - ie not powering up with the jumper in the clear position. I just remove the battery, move the jumper, leave it for 15 seconds, and reverse. This is enough to wipe out the date in the BIOS, so I'm assuming that's enough?

So, does anyone know where to go from here? If flashing to 1016 was a bad idea, I still have the chip from the other board which I can flash to a better version. Any help would be vrey much appreciated - I built this as a gaming and programming machine, but I'm spending all my free time hitting the power button :(

Oh, one other thing - at 2.30am this morning I got the thing to boot, and noticed that my mouse was very unstable, not tracking well at all. Not sure if this could be due to the flashing, or if my subscription to Norton Security has caused the problem ;)

Merc Jan 22, 2006, 06:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Will-
Sure sounds like you have a short somewhere. Did you use standoffs when mounting the mobo and are they all secure and are the holes matched 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
SemperFi77 Jan 22, 2006, 07:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 22, 2006, 07:13am EST

 
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Almost thought I'd won the lottery with my replacement A8N-SLI Deluxe replacement motherboard from Newegg.com. Everything worked until I finally got to the point of installing two BFG 6800 Ultras in SLI mode. I had one card installed with the motherboard selector set for single card. BIOS SLI configuration had been left at Auto detect. Had installed the latest NVidia drivers (81.98 I believe) and worked great. I shut down, set the selector to dual, installed the second 6800 Ultra, connected power to the card, and connected both cards with the bridge connector. I should also note that I had already inserted 4 pin molex connector to the motherboard for SLI. I powered up and booted into Windows XP Pro (SP2) - checked device manager and only saw one card. Next I checked advanced display settings and noticed I didn't have the option to select SLI mode. Since then I have swapped the cards and discovered that both cards function in single mode, both slots are good. Further testing in dual mode revealed that slot one would only function with one of the two cards installed (i.e., with one of the cards installed I would not have a display on my monitor). I am unable to verify if the cards share the same onboard BIOS as one of them doesn't have a BIOS label. I honestly don't think they're the same since one card came in a BFG retail box and the other appeared to be an OEM part. Am wondering if this could be the source of my problem, and, if so, would it be possible to flash the cards' BIOS so they're the same? Any advise/insights greatly appreciated, as always. Stay safe folks! Semper Fi, Kerry

"Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas" (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever) United States Marines
Merc Jan 22, 2006, 07:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Semper-
Load the drivers again for the second card. It should then be recognized.

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 22, 2006, 07:37am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Greetings, Merc! Glad you're in the ready room! I tried reinstalling the NVidia drivers and rebooting - still not seeing the second card in device manager. Just FYI, during my testing in dual mode I also swapped both sticks of RAM running each in slot B1 - no difference. One question - what's the SLI broadcast aperture setting in BIOS for? I've tried enabling it but didn't make any difference either. I'm definitely stumped on this one. Thanks for your assistance! Semper Fi, Kerry

"Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas" (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever) United States Marines
Merc Jan 22, 2006, 07:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 22, 2006, 08:21am EST

 
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Semper-
It has been awhile but if I remember correctly the procedure is:
1. Install one card, driver, test etc.
2. Turn off PC, install second card and all the SLI stuff.
3. Reboot, install driver again, reboot
4. The SLI window should come up, enable SLI, reboot again. Should be SLI.

EDIT:
Make sure you enable dual card in BIOS. Not sure about the aperture setting. I don't remember that but set it to auto. Disable PCI link mode.

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
Will Dunkerley Jan 22, 2006, 08:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Merc - thanks for the reply, I used standoffs and everything is secure, but I'll double check again anyway. The damn thing has just booted fine now; I wish there was some way of forcing this error to try and understand what it is.

Merc Jan 22, 2006, 08:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Will-
Remove and reseat the card making sure all the contacts are clean on the card as well as on the board. Make sure the power plug is securely installed. Double check the monitor connection, switch out the cord if possible and switch ports if needed.

Lame, I know, but these ghost in the machine problems are a bear to troubleshoot. Yes you cleared the CMOS correctly BTW.

EDIT: What kind of PSU do you have now?

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
Will Dunkerley Jan 22, 2006, 12:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thank Merc - I've tried reseating the card and cleaning it up and everything. The new PSU is a Hyper 580watt - not the best on the market but it did get some very good reviews. I'm also only running the one card so the power demand shouldn't be too huge.

Merc Jan 22, 2006, 01:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Will-
Can you check the voltages with a murtimeter. See if there are some wild fluctuations.

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 22, 2006, 10:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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James-
Is that PSU a 20 pin main power plug?

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
James Schruben Jan 22, 2006, 11:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi all,

I registered this site just to share my experience with a problem also mentioned here once in a while. It may help others...

In an attempt to fix some instability issues I decided to do some serious upgrading of all system drivers incl the latest bios. So..installation of Nvidia drivers went fine, no problems there, on to the bios.
I started from a DOS bootfloppy, ran awdflash and waited untill the flashing was done, still no problems there.
Got the "press F1 to continue" message as if all was fine, but after the reboot there was nothing...zip..zero
Well, then came the sequence of unbelieve, disconnect power, trying to boot from the original CD, resetting the bios jumper, remove the battery for a few minutes, remove it again for 24 hours, searching the internet (found this forum), removed all hardware and reboot etc etc. All to no avail. OK, apparently I killed the motherboard..
So, I went out and bought me a new A8N-SLI (EUR 130) and installed it. Power-up and...again no boot! I did get 3 beeps (one long, 2 short) for a few times, but these also disappeared after a 3 or so re-boots. Strange..but anyway, according to online info this would mean that the SLI Nvidia card was the problem, hence a new Asus 6600GT (EUR 200!!) had to be bought. Installed it, powered-up: no boot, same beeps!! Well...that leaves the memory, power supply and the processor.
I decided to borrow some of my son's value RAM and replaced the 2 Corsair TwinX modules with his memory module.
Result: POST, boot and system runnning perfectly!
I then took the one year old Corsair modules back to the shop, they did a memory test in a similar A8N-SLI board: no problems whatsoever (??) They offered to replace the Corsair modules for a pair of new ones anyway (good service!) and my system is booting fine and running rock stable with the original motherboard and SLI card ever since I put those in. (Luckily I could return al the stuff I bought)
To push my luck I even re-flashed the bios three times after this entire story, all went just fine and still is.
Anyway..I managed to fix what seemed to be dead motherboard after a failed bios upgrade, and in the end it was just a (albeit strange) memory issue!

Now why oh why didn't I start with replacing the Corsair modules.....

regards, Bart

Justin Bruno Jan 23, 2006, 07:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well, As it turneed out My problem was not having my XP disk. I found it and was minutes from loading my suspected bad card into the box to RMA it, but I re installed it again and gave it a shot and all of the sudden the SLI message popped up. I guess most don't care since no one responded to my post, but it's all good.

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James-
PSU sounds like a winner. Is the Plextor (sp) DVD optical drive SATA? If it is disconnect it, reset CMOS and reboot. SATA optical drives have, for some reason, not worked well with the NF4 chipset. SOmetimes just disconnecting it will resolve conflicts. IDE optical drives are fine.

If it just a IDE then .....??? Could you have a short somewhere? Rogue standoff, molex touching something, stray screw between the mobo and case? Do you have freakin' Nvidia Active Armor installed? If so delete it, clean the registry and empty the trash and burn the stray bits in the backyard. Active armor is a system killer. sometimes. Same thing with Cool and Quiet.

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 23, 2006, 08:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Justin-
SLI is XP/Linux capable only. Sorry we missed your post, could've saved you some time. I'm surprised that tech support didn't tell you that before issuing an RMA. Anyways, glad to hear your rig is up and running.

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 23, 2006, 08:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bart-
Ain't troubleshooting PC's a blast. LOL. Bang your head against the wall for 6 hours and find a 1 minute fix. Glad you got it up and running and thanks for the story, it shows what a mystery some of this stuff can be.

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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