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Russ Spry Feb 03, 2006, 08:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
ok, but who made the drives? If they are Maxtor's they have problems with this board.
You need a 24 pin power supply of at least 500 watts and preferably with 2 - 12 volt rails.

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james morgan Feb 04, 2006, 05:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
doh.

My 120gb drive is a maxtor - hoping thats not the cause!
40gb is a western digital - OS is installed on this.

the psu is 400w with only 20 pins.

I guess the first thing to try would be a better psu with 24 pins?

Pedro Pinheiro Feb 05, 2006, 08:37am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hello all! =)

Basically this is the catch:

I assembled the following computer (soz for my weird english but im Portuguese lol):

AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Asus A8N SLI(not deluxe or premium..the first model)
Dual XFX GF 6600 GT 256 mb Dual DVI
1 GB Kingston Dual Channel
200gb Samsung SATA HDD
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream black
Eurotech Silent 460W
Win XP32 Home with SP2


Basically, i assembled everything and booted the system...hurrah! It was working! Installed the OS, drivers, etc...but there was one weird thing - I had sound on the front (well on the tsunami is on the top) audio port(plugged in the headphones and it gave sound)...but on the back ports there was no sound!

I connected the inspire 5.1 speakers and no sound came off!

What could it be? I doubt it's a driver problem, as it gave sound on the front ports...
I removed the jumpers and put the case wirings there...front panel sound works but no rear sound. And no, when i connected the speakers, i didn't have headphones plugged on the front pannel.

Any ideas?

Thx for your time =D

Dean Edward Feb 05, 2006, 08:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ John Hildebrant
John Hildebrant,


Dude, if there is one thing you can NOT afford to skimp on with this system , its a top-notch PSU. Enermax,Antec, PC Power and Cooling, and Silverstone all make 600W-1000W SLI recommended PSU's.(there are many others as well) With 2X 7800s SLI, i would buy the most highly rated PSU you can afford.....why get a killer box running and not make sure that the heart of the box is the best?

Hope you make the right choice.

cheers, Dean :)

Bill Woelbeling Feb 07, 2006, 01:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 07, 2006, 02:14pm EST

 
>> Rebuild sequence and the chipset driver
I have a new dual core CPU on order and will have to flash my bios as it is to old for the CPU. I also want to rebuild my system (software wise) as it has become cluttered. My concern is with the notice that I need to install the new chipset drivers before flashing the bios. If I am rebuilding from scratch, how do you go about doing this as the bios will exist before windows gets installed? I thought that the order of operations should be:

1) Flash bios (1016)
2) Install XP (with SP2)
3) Install most recent NForce drivers from NVidia site
4) Install most recent forceware drivers from NVidia site
5) Reinstall modem and other lesser components

The part that worries me is that the HDs will be formatted during installation of XP prior to getting the NForce drivers installed. Do I need to do something else so that the drivers are available before the HDs are formatted?

Bill

p.s. I looked at the makedisk_v665.zip file from asus and it appears to be raid drivers. While I have two SATA drives, I am not using anything related to raid. Do I need to use this disk?

james morgan Feb 07, 2006, 01:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
damn damn damn.

Got a brand new PSU. Hiper 580w, SLI ready with 24 pins.
Still restarting when I boot up - after about 10 seconds.

Tried disconnecting my maxtor hard drive - booted ok first time (or maybe I was lucky)
Will have to try a few more times, but could it be that causing such a problem?

It IS ok after a random number of blue screen restarts - between 2-8 roughly.

Russ Spry Feb 07, 2006, 02:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 07, 2006, 02:16pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
James,

Maxtor drives have a problem with this board!
I suggest you clear the bios - remove onboard battery, move jumper to pins 2-3, remove power cord from power supply and wait a few minutes. Then replace battery, move jumper to 1-2 and replace power cord.
Fire it up and see what happens.

Merc Feb 07, 2006, 02:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Bill-
Youhave two choices:
1. Remove the current drivers and install the latest(6.70/81.98) and then flash your BIOS to 1016.
2. Don't do anything till your new CPU comes in. Flash BIOS from a floppy with the awdflash/ 1016.bin on the bootable floppy. Turn off th e PC and install your new CPU. Reboot and go into BIOS and make sure that the CPU is recognized. If it is then insert your XP CD and set boot order to 1.CDROM 2.removable 3.hard drive and reboot. System should boot from the CD. Now perform a complete format of the hard drive and install of windows. When windows install is complete, install the chipset driver 6.70 and then the latest display driver. When that is done, get on line and update windows.

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
Bill Woelbeling Feb 07, 2006, 03:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks Merc;

I was just a bit concerned about the potential for file corruption. The CPU may already be at home so I hope to try this tonight.

Bill

Peter Wong Feb 08, 2006, 12:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 08, 2006, 08:32am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi all,

After 4 weeks waiting to get a replacement for my motherboard, then getting a dud yesterday where I was pretty sure it was used (immense amount of dust and the chipset fan didn't spin at all), I've finally got a new replacement. However not is all well, sure the motherboard came already flashed with 1016 bios and chipset fan spins at 8000 RPM's, my various BSOD messages are still there and I can only get through 1/2 a fresh installation of windows.

I thought it may have been a hard drive issue but taking an old IBM 13gb and giving it a shot to just install windows ended with the same result. So I guess I can assume to an extend that it wasn't the hard drive as I had thought.

I've run memtest on the system doing 12 passes while I was at work a month ago, and doing 6 passes last night no errors came up at all, so once again I'm assuming that this is not the problem.

However I have been reading about updating bios and where some people had 2 blocks which had 'no update' and read Merc saying that this was probably a video card issue. I had that issue with original motherboard and with the dud I received yesterday. So is this likely to be my problem? I don't have another card nor anyone I know whom I could borrow one from. I've reseated the memory modules and video cards regularly (since i've been changing motherboards), but I have no other idea what other things I can do to reseat the video card. Display blah blah blah is okay, fan is okay, etc. When updating the bios all blocks should be updated?

I've just reseted CMOS but I don't see how this would be a problem since I only just received this new board this morning.

.... Just try another fresh install, stopped around the same place. Just enabled voice POST reporter, said system complete, now booting operating system... so no problems there.... fun.....

Any ideas would be most appreciated.

Edit: Okay, I think I've got it down to IRQ conflicts. I'm getting NA for USB controllers and when I don't. they are sharing IRQ's. There was a couple of posts on here but couldn't find any answers. Any ideas on how I can fix this? There is currently nothing installed but motherboard, cpu, power supply, memory, 1 hdd, cd-rom and graphics card, I don't see how I can get this any lower...

Long story short, help would be appreciated on NA assignment to USB Controller, and if the 2 blocks with 'no update' in bios flashing is normal.

UPDATE: Manually assigned IRQ's and managed to get the USB Controllers working and everything assigned to different IRQ's. Got through Windows installation for once. Computer automatic reboot when copying SP2 from USB to hdd, continued on. After installing SP2, BSOD saying IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL again. IRQ's were definitely assigned individual (paused to check before startup)... Any ideas would be great.

Thanks....


Comp Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard - Bios Version: 1016
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU
Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Memory Modules
Asus Extreme N6600GT Video Card
Tagan 600W Power Supply TG6068-W01
Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80GB
Seagate U8 ATA 17.2GB
LGE 16x Dual Layer DVD-Burner
D-Link PCI Network Adapter DWL-G520

Bill Woelbeling Feb 08, 2006, 08:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi Peter;

I am no expert by any means and I am sure that one of the gurus will pop in with insights to the actual questions that you asked but...

In your system specs you mention a D-Link network card but do not mention it in the body of your message. Are you using that card? If so, have you tried taking it out?

Bill

Peter Wong Feb 08, 2006, 09:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 08, 2006, 09:43am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hey Bill,

Thanks for replying, the D-Link wireless card was removed so the system was left with bare minimum. ie. Motherboard, CPU, Video Card, Memory, 1 HDD, Floppy, CD-Rom and Power Supply.

With the NA IRQ assignment for USB Controllers I determined that it occurs when I choose PnP OS. I firstly installed windows with PnP OS set to 'No' and this allowed me to assign IRQ's for each item and helped to complete a successful installation of windows. However when I turn PnP OS to 'yes', NA returned for USB Controllers and I received BSOD giving IRQ problems again. Does anyone know if this means that whatever you set the BIOS to before installing windows, is what you are stuck with? I'm going to run more tests later now that I've turned PnP OS 'off' in the morning since it's 2am here now. Hopefully some more replies will come in too.

Thanks everyone.

Peter

Pierce Ward Feb 08, 2006, 08:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the info david :)

I've got another question, aimed towards the linux users out there. Is anyone else getting wrong results returned from lm_sensors for the temp readings? As far as I can tell, the motherboard (ie,. chipset) and CPU temps are being swapped around when read. My output from sensors is as follows:

pierce@gizmo ~ $ sensors
it8712-isa-0290
Adapter: ISA adapter
VCore 1: +1.10 V (min = +4.08 V, max = +4.08 V) ALARM
VCore 2: +0.00 V (min = +4.08 V, max = +4.08 V) ALARM
+3.3V: +6.66 V (min = +8.16 V, max = +8.16 V) ALARM
+5V: +4.95 V (min = +6.85 V, max = +6.85 V) ALARM
+12V: +12.03 V (min = +16.32 V, max = +16.32 V) ALARM
-12V: -4.41 V (min = +3.44 V, max = +3.93 V) ALARM
-5V: -13.64 V (min = +4.03 V, max = +4.03 V) ALARM
Stdby: +4.92 V (min = +6.85 V, max = +6.85 V) ALARM
VBat: +3.09 V
fan1: 1757 RPM (min = 0 RPM, div = 8)
fan2: 1562 RPM (min = 0 RPM, div = 8)
fan3: 5273 RPM (min = 0 RPM, div = 8)
M/B Temp: +32 C (low = -1 C, high = -1 C) sensor = thermistor
CPU Temp: +37 C (low = -1 C, high = -1 C) sensor = thermistor
Temp3: +23 C (low = -1 C, high = -1 C) sensor = thermistor


As can be seen above it sees my CPU temp being much higher than my M/B. However I am fairly certain these temps are swapped around as if i reboot and check bios, my cpu temp is always lower than my M/B temp. Also when Im stressing the CPU by compiling the M/B temp raises dramatically, however the CPU temp may raise only 1C.

Anyone else experiencing this issue?

mcq3000 mcq3000 Feb 08, 2006, 10:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I have a maxtor firmware update for the diamondmax 9 and 10 drives which solves all the bootup detection problems on the asus a8n sli. If anyone needs it let me know, I got 2 300 gb maxtor diamondmax 10 drives that exhibited this problem till I did the update and it solved completely

Merc Feb 08, 2006, 10:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Could you post a link to this 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
Peter Wong Feb 09, 2006, 12:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi everyone.

Anyone have any ideas on the problems I'm having on Page 240? After continuing testing today, I still encountered BSOD with BAD_POOL_HEADER and 1 unspecified error. Still no luck with my system. I've reverted back to 1008 and doing a fresh installation of windows now.

Once again, any help would be appreciated.

Peter

Tanguy Mezzano Feb 09, 2006, 06:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
very nice test, i'm waiting to have a new pci-e graphic card Nvidia Geforce 7800GT to run my new config with this ASUS A8N mohterboard, but i'd like to be sure that with 1 GB corsair ram, 450 watts will be enough?? it's the smartpower PSU of the ANTEC sonata II

thx in advance

TamTheBam Feb 09, 2006, 06:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I resolved my boot up probs by setting the 3.0 jumper to 1.5.

Lets face it, 3.0Gb/sec jumper's for complex video apps, etc.It won't make any difference changinf from 3.0 to 1.5.
I'd been in touch with Maxtor, and they had no firmware update for my HDD 250Gb SATA Diamond 16MB. They suggested changing the jumpers, and they also mentioned that it's nVidia nForce chipset that needs to be updated to compliment the SATA drive. Personally, I think both companies should work together to rectify this fcuk up!

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Tanguy Mezzano Feb 09, 2006, 06:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi Tam-the-Bam,

i have nearly the same config as yours, but i have a case: Antec Sonata, is 450watts enough for that kind of config???

what PSU do u have??

TamTheBam Feb 09, 2006, 06:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ

Tanguy,

If you're looking to play games like, say F.E.A.R, etc, all those new games use neary 1GB of RAM to run the game, so I suggest adding another 512 or even a 1Gb if you can afford it. If you play a game such as fear with the 1Gb, it doesn't leave much mem for the rest of the PC to run efficiently, and the game will slow down. Most games that are being develooped these days will be using this amount of RAM to run.

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)

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