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chris n Feb 19, 2005, 11:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
think my problem is a hard drive problem but anyway i just wanted to know if this is right

in device manager under ide ata/atapi controllers

i have two of the same device:: Nvidia nforce4 adma controller (this occurs twice is that normal)???

in one of the contollers had my sata drive and therefore under primary channel tab i clicked speed test and these where my results::

theoretical limit : 150.0
Burst Speed: 95.3
Sustained Speed: 59.0

does this sound right to you?? sorry for the questions..

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 19, 2005, 11:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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have two of the same device:: Nvidia nforce4 adma controller (this occurs twice is that normal)???


Yes it is normal
Yes they sound just about right

Mike

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Edited: Feb 19, 2005, 11:36pm EST

 
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[quote]when the system boots i get the error "IDE channel 0 no 80 conductor cable installed"

how do i get rid of it because this might be the cause of my problems???

its connected to my dvd drive and therefore im using the cable that came labelled as cd-rom cable,, if thats faulty can i use the cable that says "HDD Cable"??{/quote]

I need to boot to my BIOS to see how I configured it, not ready for that right now. Tomorrow ok?

Yes you can use the other cable.

Mike


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Edited: Feb 20, 2005, 01:29am EST

 
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Well I figured since you used those drivers they must be good and it was mabye something I was doing wrong so I changed them back and redid everything. If I change back to the 66.93 now will that mess up all my settings or does that walkthrough you wrote not use the video drivers in any way. Just your system specs? Thanks


It's ok to switch between the two. Just go back to the post where I mentioned about re-inserting coolbits and settings in Advanced Display.

The Ideal thing would have been to tweak with the much tougher approved 66.93 driver before somewhat permanently changing to the 7x.xx series which by the way will increase performance even more, like scores of 500 or more on 3DMARK 05 and fixes a temperature reading problem in SLI mode

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Edited: Feb 20, 2005, 12:15am EST

 
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Cody Stewart

Please follow my long post on page 16 to the letter, It will remedy over 1/2 of your problems, PS/2 will be another issue.

Page 16
Re: Configure your graphics card(s) and computer performance at the same time using this method.

Keep memory timing to 3-3-3-8 before comencing.
Also make sure to set Manual overclock> CPU frequency set to 201 MHz and PCI Clock Synchronization Mode is set to 33.33 MHz.

Mike





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Edited: Feb 20, 2005, 12:23am EST

 
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Sander Sassen

I hope you don't mind the additional 5 pages of forum space consumed today. lol

Mike

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Edited: Feb 20, 2005, 07:32am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Randy,

It's good practice to turn your power suupply off, wait for the green onboard LED to be extinguished and remove your motherboard battery for not less than one minute when you make any major changes to your video card(s) bios or system. Put the battery back in, turn your power supply on, boot into bios, leave to default settings, set your boot devices and reboot to windows.

If you wish, follow the long post on page 16 to improve your video card and system performance including stability.

Mike

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 20, 2005, 09:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Randy, don't confuse user problems with hardware. You need to update your BIOS on each card to match. I can only imagine the headache SLI is becoming for the various video card manufacturers.

Aaron Wascher Feb 20, 2005, 11:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for looking into this Mike.

>>Did you release and renew your cable IP when connected to the Marvell and NV?
Not sure what this means, but I don't have a static IP. I've seen a few things saying that the NV could use it's own MAC address, but I can't access it. When I try to load the Network Access Manager Web interface, it errors out to "Cannot find server". I logged onto my router, and there is no connection shown. And it isn't a router setup problem either because I've set it up exactly like I did this laptop which works fine. I've also tried direct connecting to the modem (with multiple ethernet/USB cables).

>>Do you have SP2 installed with all firewall settings off?
I only have SP1 installed.

>>While connected did you remove power from your cable modem wait 1 minutes and then reconnect and reboot?
Yes.

>>Do you have a hardware or other software firewall?
I have McAfee Firewall, but I disabled it thinking it might interfere with NV Firewall.

>>Did you try disabling one NIC either the Marvell or NV and connecting your cable to the active one?
Yes. I tried having only one connected, and it runs the same. Orange blinking, WinXP says cable is connected, but I can't access the internet. It blinks for a few seconds, then stops (send 166 bytes, received 226 bytes). I also tried using the USB connection on the modem, and the same status is shown, connected but nothing goes through. If nothing else, the USB connection directly through the modem should work regardless of any ethernet problems.

Another weird thing is that the IEEE 1394 port shows up as a LAN connection. Is this normal?

Randy Rahmeyer Feb 20, 2005, 11:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I want to thank Sander for a great site, just discovered this with Google.

Thanks to the guys that responded to my post I appreciate any help I can get with this.

Like a lot of people I am kind of a newb to this. I have built other systems without any problem but I have never updated the BIOS of a video card. I have flashed a motherboard BIOS, is updating the video bios anything like that. I have looked at the Asus sight for help but could not find any. If someone has flashed an ASUS en6600GT or any 6600GT please let me know how you did this. Believe me I would be ecstatic to finally have this thing running full Sli, yea!!!!

Todd Noway Feb 20, 2005, 11:37am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I installed my 2nd Raptor 74G last night and configured RAID0 off the NV controller. Everything went well until Windows XP was just starting to load. It froze. Two times. I unplugged my Maxtor IDE HD that I had connected and XP loaded fine.
Running stable with 4+ hours of gaming in already ;)
So I moved the Maxtor IDE drive to another comuter ;)

I setup my raid using the OPTIMAL stripe size. In the past I've always used 128k as with my testing of 16k, 32k, 64k, and 128k the 128k had the FASTEST map load times in Battlefield Vietnam.
I'm not sure what this OPTIMAL setting is as even the manual doesn't mention it !?

A8N-SLI Deluxe
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Alkemyst Darkened Feb 20, 2005, 12:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Randy: The bios on almost all modern periphs are updatable. The process varies, but like motherboards, some have windows updaters and others are the bootable floppy or cmd window types.

Firmware and BIOS updates are in the top lists of things to hunt down when having problems with hardware.

Good luck with it.

Dan Wardle Feb 20, 2005, 02:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I will be reformatting in a few hours thanks to this article :)

Have learned quite alot about my board!

Anways, I will be setting up my 2 Raptor 74G in Raid0 and will be using the NVRaid, was curious as if using Sata1,2 is fine or do they need to be anything seperate and what about the stripe size?

Thanks!

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I am not sure if stripe is the same as the block size, but I read 64k is best.

I have my board running three EIDE drives (ones a floppy slave) and Sandra reports I have a 16K block size and that it's not optimal.

I am getting 46MB average and 80MB max transfers on a 120GB Western Digital SE drive (8mb cache) so I don't think I can improve that much...but if anyone has advice I'd appreciate it...didn't see a way to change it in the BIOS if not running RAID.


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Edited: Feb 20, 2005, 07:23pm EST

 
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Aaron Wascher

Ok, so you do have a hardware firewall, what type and model, Linksys, Dlink etc..

Being connected to the laptop is one thing, the computer another. Just because it works on the laptop doesn't mean it will work on the other. You must re-apply (save) your settings in the firewall software when connected to the computer, disconnect power to both the modem and the router, plug them back in again and reboot.

Make sure your computer is set to Automatically detect settings in internet options.
In network connections, right click your connection, properties, advanced tab>internet connection firewall off.

I just read the part where you say you cannot access the firewall software.

I really need to know the make and model# on your router, as both Linksys and Dlink are different.
Once I have this info I will be able to help you.

Another weird thing is that the IEEE 1394 port shows up as a LAN connection. Is this normal?


Yes, very normal, and does not need to be disabled, I have set-up lots of network connections including 10 computers with server, some having XP pro, 2000 pro, windows 98 SE OS's. Try and get these to talk to each other on the network, sharing, security etc..... They all had their own software firewall, and to add insult to injury I hade to daisy chain two Dlinks one regular the other wireless as there was not enough ports on a single unit, and set the routers software so that both wouldn't create DHCP's etc.... Out of all the systems I put together I never had to touch IEEE 1394.

Please try this!

Connect your laptop, access the firewall software, under status release your address save and close.

Connect to your computer, reboot, and see if you can access the software, if so, renew.

When you go back to the laptop just renew to get on the net if this fails.

Let me know.
Mike


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1394 can be a connection...I didn't understand that at first.

XP can be tricky as it tries to pick things for you....what I normally do is disable anything I know I won't use to hit the net.

Then go in and setup my connection on the leftover choice. For wireless I use XP's built in Zero Wireless and it works best.

turn off the Enable IEEE 802.1X junk...I have been to at least 3 people's homes troubleshooting and that was the whole problem.

Then if I need things I previously disabled I will bring them back on one by one and test connectivity.


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