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Merc Jan 26, 2006, 03:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Make a MS_DOS floppy using the format utility in XP.
Place theAWD Flash Utility on there.
Place just the BIOS.bin file on there
Boot from the floppy.

Is your board deluxe or straight?

Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
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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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fdgfdg dfdfg Jan 26, 2006, 03:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc-

yes it is a Deluxe...i just did what u said and it worked..but now it says i have to re-activate windows...i typed in the product key and it says i exceeded the amount of times i can activate it..do u know what i should do ?

Merc Jan 26, 2006, 03:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LMAO. I have been there and done that...twice. LOL. F'ing MS. Go ahead and call them, it is kind of fun to tell them that yeah this os the eighth time I've changed my configuration. So what? They just gave me like 20 more activations on the new code so I'd quit calling.. Glad it worked 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
fdgfdg dfdfg Jan 26, 2006, 03:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
lmao...dude u really dont know how much of a help u have been... ive been trying to do this for days and ur the only person that has actually helped me... thx alot man

Merc Jan 26, 2006, 04:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
No worries, glad I could lend a hand

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
stevennnnn lider Jan 26, 2006, 05:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 26, 2006, 05:20pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Is it worth updating my nForce Drivers to version 6.65? I am currently using the ones from 5/17/05, and was wondering if I would see any real benefits of updating. Also, 6.65 is only like 5mb on Asus' site, and 6.70 from nVidia's site is like 35mb??? What's the difference? I am going to be getting a Creative X-fi soon and I thinking I should have the most up to date chipset drivers before I do. I may update my bios at some point but am also unsure if I should since I realize there is a lot of risk involved with that (currently using or 1013). Thanks for any help, this forum has saved me many headaches! oh yea my motherboard is a8n-sli

steve

Joe Brain Jan 26, 2006, 06:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello,

I've unfortunately lost my SLi connector, or it hadn't come with the mobo. I have a feeling that this is one of those little accessories that no one sells separately. So just for a confirmation, does the A8N-SLi Deluxe come with a SLi connector? And if so, where can I get one?

stevennnnn lider Jan 26, 2006, 06:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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yes it comes with the motherboard. I am assume you mean the "bridge" connector thing to run in sli-mode. do some google searches to find one, though you *may* have to get one from asus.

steve

Joe Brain Jan 26, 2006, 08:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Yah that's what I meant. I figured it did, b/c on the Asus website it's listed under accessories "SLi Connector". Though bridge is more descriptive & accurate. Well that just sucks.

Monty Jan 27, 2006, 07:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
(Merc - I would have mailed you but thought some others may be interested in reading this post)

OK, I have all the new components [a8n-sli/Seasonic600wPSU/64x2 3800CPU and WD 250m Caviar SATA 16Mb cache HDD]. I have prepared floppy's with BIOS and with chipset drivers, and slipstreamed my OS together is SP2 onto a new installations CD. Soon it's time for the screwdriver ;-)

It is my intention to replace these components in my existing ATX case, disconnect my existing HDD and using the new virgin one right from the start, and now the questions:

1] with CPU and memory on the mobo, what else needs to be connected other than [a] floppy drive [b] CD Drive [c] PSU and power up/down switch.
2] If/when I power up for the very first time with a floppy in the drive, carry out the action be it chipset or BIOS, once the action is carried out do I power down by pressing-holding the power button, then just change the floppy and power up again to carry out the other action

The Catch22 or Chicken and Egg situation :-(
[a] ASUS tells me the chipset drivers should be updated first before the BIOS.
[b] ASUS tells me the early BIOS of the board should be updated first to accept the Dual Core CPU - preferably under Single Core invironment [no indication as to where I can borrow a single core CPU]
[c] At what point do I introduce the OS - right from the start for the generic drivers for the monitor/drives etc?

Sorry if some of these points appear a bit dumb and/or blatantly obvious, but I am an aging newbie struggling with a learning curve which seems rather flat these days LOL.

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 27, 2006, 08:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Monty-
You'll need to install the video card, too, for the initial set up. Also, the chipset drivers are your interface between the OS (XP-SP2) and the BIOS. In other words, you can't install the chipset driver, or the display driver, or any other driver for that metter, till you have installed and updated the OS.

The BIOS is the mobo's rudimentary OS with basic display and various chipset drivers embedded in it. WIth one stick of RAM, the CPU and a video card, you can interface with the system and set up all its basic operating characteristics. The BIOS allows the hardware to integrate and operate with the OS, whether it is Linux or XP etc. The drivers you install after your OS has loaded, XP in this case, allow the OS to access the higher functions of each individual component and tailor that components activities to what the OS needs.

So, install the CPU, one stick of RAM in B1,and the video card as well as the floppy drive without the floppy. Boot up and see if you can get into BIOS. If you can then go to boot order and set "removable" (your floppy drive) as the first boot device. Stick the floppy in, reboot and flash your BIOS to the latest revision. Reboot and if it comes up you're ready to go.

Plug in the HDD and and CDROM, reboot and see if the BIOS recognizes everything. If it does, set boot order to CDROM, Removable, Hard Drive, slide the XP CD in and reboot. If all the planets have aligned, XP installl will come up and you know the rest. Do a full format, not the quickie.

After XP is installed install the chipset drivers without the nasty, faulty Nvidia firewall. Reboot and then update windows. After several days of patches load your display driver, reboot and then load your virus software.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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 27, 2006, 08:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for all that Merc - just what I needed to clarify things. I have read/re-read so much it's time for weekend off then start the work Monday. :-)
I have just seem some KingMax 2x1Gb come onto the market here for a reasonable price. Although not in the list of recommended stuff by ASUS do you have any knowledge of it and would you advise it?

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 27, 2006, 09:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 27, 2006, 09:29am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Doesn't get very good reviws. A 256MB stick can't even hit 170MHZ at 2.8v and a 1GB stick would be worse (you want 200MHZ for DDR400MHZ speed) I don't think you'd achieve stability with that RAM. Review at:

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1253


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 27, 2006, 11:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks a lot Merc - have a good weekend.
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
John Hildebrant Jan 27, 2006, 04:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello, quick Q as I just built a system using this board.

I run AMD X2 2200+, GeForce 7800 GT 2X in SLI, 2X SATA raptors @ 10k rpm

Im using a 430Watt ATX 12v v.2 Power supply.

Everything is running, but I see you recommend a much higher power supply.

Will I run into any problems with this power supply?

Thanks

stevennnnn lider Jan 27, 2006, 04:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 27, 2006, 04:27pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
We need to know more about the powersupply, but 430 watts doesn't seem like enough for SLi and 2 Raptor's. Who is it made by and what model is it? If you are going to run SLi you should really stick to one of the power supplies that are on nVidia's certified SLi list. you can see it here, psu's are at the bottom http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone2_build.html
It's not worth building a really nice rig like that and having a power supply that is of questionable quality. hope this helps...
steve

p.s. anyone have any thoughts on my chipset driver question from the previous page? Thanks

Graham Edwards Jan 28, 2006, 11:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc

I replaced my Maxtor SATA 300 300GB with a Samsung SATA 300 250GB and everything loaded and runs flawlessly - so you were absolutely right - it was the Maxtor hard drive problem causing my warm boot problem.

One final issue: after Windows loads the 'SATARAID5 (Array Manager)' window opens - any idea how can I suppress this?


Many thanks for your valuable advice.


Graham

Merc Jan 28, 2006, 12:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Graham-
Great that the new drive fixed it. Not so great that MAxtor has this problem but won't own up to it. It is getting a lot of attention so we'll see what happens. Sorry, but I'm posting on a couple of boards and forgot the exact setup are you trying to establish. COuld you refresh my memory?

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
Graham Edwards Jan 28, 2006, 12:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc


My rig is:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (BIOS revision 1016)
AMD dual core 2000 3800+
Sapphire X800 GTO Ultimate
Corsair DDR 400 2 x 512MB
Tagan 420w PSU TG420-U01 PSU
Antec P180 case
Plextor PX-750A (IDE)
Maxtor Diamond SATA II 300GB
Windows XP Pro 32 bit


Graham

Merc Jan 28, 2006, 02:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Graham-
Disable both the SIL and Nvidia RAID controllers.

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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