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TamTheBam Feb 09, 2006, 06:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ

Depends on what you plan to do Tanguy. If you're going for the SLi, your PSU might be enough. I got the Hiper 580Watts psu. Cool psu!! I think yours will be fine mate

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Tanguy Mezzano Feb 09, 2006, 07:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
thx for your quick answer Tam-the-Bam :)

i upgraded from an AGP geforce 4200ti, so i need to wait until i get a new pci-express graphic card to run the whole config ... i read that this article suggest to flash the bios of the MB but i don't have any floppy disk anymore .. is there another way?is it the worth?

1GB ram addon would be great but i need 100 euros more :(

TamTheBam Feb 09, 2006, 07:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This thread was posted last year. The BIOS then was up to date. I got 1013 on my driver disk, and that's fine. I see no need to update my BIOS unless i really have to. I wouldn't recommend at this stage.

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mcq3000 mcq3000 Feb 09, 2006, 10:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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how can I host the file because the firmware update I have definately fixes the problem on the asus a8n premium and deluxe.

When it was happening I thought it was a problem with my drives so I swapped them out for new ones and still had the same problem, so I tested them on an intel board and they booted up everytime. So then I started fiddling around with the drive and if you put the power cable into the drive while the computer is on then the asus board picks it up, I did some searching around and discovered that it was an initilization issue and the way serial ata power connectors initialized the drive which caused certain compatibilities. Anyways instead of having to rewire my serial ata power cable I found this update that you have to run on a motherboard that is NOT an asus and is NOT raid to update the drive. I did it and have had zero problems with my drives since then.

I just need a way to post it as there is no attachment option on this forum

Merc Feb 09, 2006, 11:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Can you email it to me? I PMed my email address.

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
Emily Feb 10, 2006, 01:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ

Hi guys,

I've just bought this set up:

AMD Athlon64 3500 Venice
GeForce 6600GT 256 PCI-E
200gb Seagate Barracuda
Asus A8n-SLi (SE, not deluxe)
1gb Corsair PC3200 RAM
Sony DVDRW

I'm worried i may buy the wrong PSU after all the problems people have had with them previously. I have narrowed the search down to 3 which i can afford, and which allow for future upgrade to SLi. Could you please advise on which would be the best for me? The Antec NeoHE 550W, Silverstone ST562F 560W or the Enermax Noisetaker 535W.

Thanks :-)

Peter Wong Feb 10, 2006, 09:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

I haven't got much experience with those power supplies but make sure the specs has good current ratings, that is really important. I'm sure these 3 aren't bad, but the higher the better. If you can find it, I wouldn't rule out Tagan power supplies. I have a Tagan 600W PS TG6068-W01, and it works great and it's built really nice. But I do know they can be hard to find.

Good luck.

Peter


Merc Feb 11, 2006, 07:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Emily-
I'd recommend the Siverstone, the Enermax or the Tagan suggested by Peter. They are all more than enough for your rig, are very good units and you can grow with them. With your current specs and if you wanted to save some money you could move down to the 400w to 450w range with any of the above brand named PSU's On the A8N SLI board I moderate, there are a lot of folks having problems with Antec's lately (I don't know why, it is/was a good brand) so at this time I'd stay away from them.

Stick with the above three brands and PC Power and Cooling and you'll get a solid unit. Use this tool
http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp
and throw in any future upgrades to get a rough idea of what your system draws (i believe the calculator is defaulted at 80% so set it at 100%) and add 30% for a PSU you can grow with.

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 Feb 11, 2006, 08:14am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Emily.
There are a lot of posts regarding this board and PSU's. It would appear to favour 500w as the minimum but this has to be balanced against the demand you place on your rig. Like Merc says, maybe in the future you would like to try overclocking a dual GPU rig and then find your 500w minimum just isn't enough for stability! Then of course it's always the cost ;-) . You already have some really good gear so my advice would be to thinks towards forward compatibility and invest in at least 600w if you can afford it. My own PSU is a Seasonic S12 650w and the quality of build is spot on but I have yet to push the limits ;-)
There is a review of the S12 500w here http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Seasonic_S12_500W_1.html which will give you some idea.

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
Emily Feb 11, 2006, 04:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ

Hey guys,

Thanks for the prompt replies :) i decided to invest in the Enermax Noisetaker 600w. I used the power use calculator thing and while this CPU gives way too much for what my system needs at the minute, after a few more pay days i will be needing the extra power!

Thanks again,

Emily

james morgan Feb 12, 2006, 04:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I found an odd thing - my BSOD crash after 10 seconds of being in windows isn't caused by the maxtor hd, its being caused by my bt voyager 205 adsl modem!
I fire it up with it switched off, its always fine.
A few seconds after switching it on... it seems like a 1/3 chance it will blue screen and restart.

This modem isn't installed so I can't check for conflicts, the built in network card I connect it to doesn't seem to have any irq settings.

any chance someone else has one of those modems? I think they are quite common.

Monty Feb 13, 2006, 04:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi James.
Odd Behaviour - I spent ages trying to resolve a wierd problem, but it was not modem related. If I was typing the flashing cursor would stay where it was for pehaps half a second then catch up - if the cursor was in transit it would momentarily pause, then catch up - if I was playing back an audio sound track previously recorded which I knew to be perfect, it would pause also. The pause was perhaps less than one second and after a lot of testing I discovered it was excactly every 3 mins! After any amount of AV scans/SFC's etc, Imagine going around the house disconnecting fridges/freezers, all sorts, even listening to FM to see if the Fire Station close by was swamping with some sort of transmission. So I decided to start removing stuff from my PC piece by piece in a desperate measure of trial and error and lo and behold - the first thing removed was the culprit - may D-Link AirPlusG+ wfi PCI adapter card?? I didn't follow it up with D-Link as I have been busy with my rebuild but sometimes these niggles can drive you crazy ;-)
Good luck and happy computing.

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
Peter Wong Feb 13, 2006, 10:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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James,

What sorts of BSOD messages are you getting? Various erorrs or always the same message? You also mentioned that you get the BSOD 1/3 of the time, so the 2/3 it runs fine? Or do you get BSOD further down the track?

Peter

Guillermo Salcedo Feb 13, 2006, 07:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Guys

Im having the most bugging problem with this mobo. I built it myself one month ago, then suddenly one day, while playing FEAR i got the "blue screen of death" and the system rebooted itself. Then it wouldnt get past the ASUS boot screen, the one where you see the ASUS logo and the "hit del to enter setup". A couple of days passed and it wouldnt do crap. I deassembled and reassembled everything, but then 4 days later my borther comes in and boots it and WHAZZAM!!! it booted normally. The thing is that I went to bed yesterday with the thing working out properly, and when i got from college this evening it wouldnt get past the Asus boot screen again, nor would it enter setup.

I have been searching this great faq you guys have but havent been able to find a solution to my prob.
Id really appreciate it if anyone helps me out.

Vnistelrooy

AMD X2 +4400 Manchester Core
2x 1Gb Geil Overclocking RAM 3200
BFG 7800 GTX Video Card
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Maxtor 250 GB 7200 Rpm

jake hughes Feb 13, 2006, 07:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi all just started building my first computer and I am using this motherboard
and first off want to say that this FAQ has been a tremendous help, I have run into
many 'first time builder' issues and this has helped a lot.

I am currently stuck, I get through BIOS and everything else fine but when i get to Win XP loading screen
I get a BSOD with 0x0000007E. I did some research and I think my problem is I grabbed a hard drive
from a different computer and it has ATI 9600XT drivers on it, while this computer I am building I have bought
a GeForce 7800GT. I can boot into Safe Mode fine but am not really sure on how to switch drivers or fix this
issue. If anyone could confirm this is my problem and any possible solution I would really appreciate it.

Thanks again for this FAQ.

Jake

james morgan Feb 14, 2006, 12:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Finally solved my problem with BSOD once booted.

Seems it was the firewall crossed with the adsl modem causing it.
I had my firewall set to 'off' but it seems that wasn't good enough.

I uninstalled Nvidia Network Access Manager (the firewall) now its all fine! yay.

Peter Wong Feb 15, 2006, 10:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jake,

It's best when starting with a new motherboard to install a fresh copy of windows. The first post by Sanders is old but still extremely useful. Long story short, set up BIOS settings, install windows, install SP2, install Chipset Drivers 6.65 (or above), install nvidia drivers, then other drivers.

There can of course be other reasons for your BSOD messages, but by installing a fresh copy of windows, that will take that out of the equation.

If you have purchased new RAM, check manufacturer information. I had BSOD messages bugging me for months, I had always let BIOS automatically set DDR voltages, but the upgrade in BIOS versions must have caused it to not provide the necessary voltage. Checked requirements, manually set, and system is perfect again. Not saying this is your problem, but anything is possible.

Good luck.

Peter

Slim82pk Feb 17, 2006, 11:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi all,
I decided to do a bit of upgrading recently (a year after building a computer for the first time) and while doing so noticed that my chipset fan was not working (PC still ran fine though). I need to know what heatsinks or fans are compatible with the chipset of the A8N-SLI Deluxe and whether the serial # is located on the Motherboard. (Being a student I didnt have room for all those boxes)

Also do I really need a heatsink? My PC has been running fine without the Chipset fan so far. I DL'd Asus Probe 2 soon after noticing this and here are my Temperature readings:

CPU Temp: 49 degrees Celsius
MB Temp: 40 degrees Cesius
CPU RPM: 2033 rpm

My current configeration is:
AMD Athlon 3550+ winchester 90nm
4x512MB Dual channel Crucial Balistix Ram
200 GB Seagate HD (+ 320 Western Digital HD to be installed soon)
Hiper Triple Fan 525W ATX2.2 PSU
XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256MB

david cole Feb 18, 2006, 12:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Slim82pk,
While your cpu and board have good temps at the time, you can easily burn out circuits. I have had two AGP nVidia graphic cards burn out within the past 17 months after the fan stopped and I had no way of knowing it had stopped. In the computer involved, you cannot see the video card fan to tell whether it is stopped or running.
Get a fan on ther fast!

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
P5Q-E, e8500, Vista 64 - secondary computer
Two P5Q Pro,
Slim82pk Feb 18, 2006, 05:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the reply Cole,
I have been looking around for a good heating solution once I noticed the chipset fan, but I have little idea overall of which to get. I understand that the ZALMAN ZM-NB47J is fairly popular solution but will I need to replace the chipset fan before putting on a heatsink like this? also just a repeat of my earlier question does anyone know whether the Serial Number is anywhere on the motherboard? I threw out the boxes to make room in my student accomadations a year ago and would prefer getting the new chipset fan from Asus rather then spend money. [yes, you now have proof of my being a student. :) ]


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