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C P Apr 14, 2006, 10:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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peter bullock Apr 15, 2006, 05:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
"After the reboot the system will boot off the floppy"

your result:

"DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

that means its not a system disk (not a boot disk)

you have to make the floppy with the system files.

Been awhile since i did it ...but its something like format b: (whatever letter floppy drive is) /s (copy system files)

after some study..that is ancient advice (been awhile since i needed a boot disk floppy) :)

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994

thios tells you how ot make a boot disk for XP...but also says you will no longer be able to make a bootable floppy for future O/S'

So perhaps you just need to boot into a command line and then run flash from the floppy..?

I am also told you can just use a usb flash drive.
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peter bullock Apr 15, 2006, 05:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
as to the tv tuner problem ...it should work no problem

http://reviews.cnet.com/Hauppauge_WinTV_PVR_500_MCE/4514-9332_...15748.html

check your event viewer (control panel/administrative tools) for error messages when the machine reboots

also just for fun...go into your device manager ...and see if there are any yellow exclamation marks.

might be a conflict (rare these days)


Alex Brown Apr 16, 2006, 06:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 16, 2006, 06:49am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
If you have an A8N you cant use cases that mount the motherboard upside down such as LianLi V1000 etc, the heatpipe is designed for normal positioning. Upside down all the heat goes away from the heatpipe heatsink and into your chipset.

Eric Schmidt Apr 17, 2006, 12:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mobo temperature:
Guys I have an A8N32 SLI Deluxe with AMD 4400 and 2 EVGA GTX 7800 cards, nothing overclocked as far as I know and ASUS Probe II is reporting my MB temperature as running pretty steady at 48 C. This seems High is there anything I can do? Oh I have it in a Thermaltake Tsunami Dream case, that has 120mm fans in the front and rear along with an 80mm fan on the side. The CPU temp runs about 43 to 44 which is in range.

Should I be concerned?

peter bullock Apr 17, 2006, 04:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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nope, i would not be concerned :)

I run at 54C (old athalon Tbird) and 65c in the summer :)

Alex Brown Apr 18, 2006, 05:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I guess it depends on your outside temperature.

KillrBuckeye Apr 19, 2006, 01:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Intermittent failure to POST: VGA error

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Ray Logan Apr 19, 2006, 07:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 19, 2006, 07:13pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I got the Rev 1 A8N-SLI and I'm just curious on how do I get these new PhysX Ageia PPU cards into my mobo.
http://physx.ageia.com/index.html I mean where do I install this? Does it go into the three PCI or do I remove one of the 6600GT and install it into the PCI-E?
thanks as always.
Currently I'm running:
AMD 64 3800
two 6600 GT---(may get one 7900 512GTX)
1GB 3200RAM

peter bullock Apr 20, 2006, 12:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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re: AGEIA PhysX

keep in mind, i do not have one of these. I was going to get one because i was kinda hoping they would be 200$ (but on your link 299$ us!!)

anyways, 2005 articles had it that the card would first be introduced using a reg PCI slot (those 3 you have on board and don't know what to do with) later on pci-e 4x would be introduced and even integrated on main board.

this recent article:
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2006/03/22/alienware_ppu_ageia/

does indicate the big boys do have them on a PCI slot.

peter bullock Apr 20, 2006, 12:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
re: the video post problem:

"My selector card is still in the default single-card position as it should be"

On my friend's, the card was installed to the wrong slot ..or the manual stated the default position incorrectly.

With the video card on the wrong slot --the graphics would look terrible --but it would be playable. Only occasionally would it not boot. For the most part these symptoms are greatly different than yours. But perhaps its worth checking whether or not your card really is in the right slot for single operation.

(not very good advice..as i don't remember if the manual was wrong on the default or it was the builder)

peter bullock Apr 20, 2006, 01:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
doh! sorry for extra post here but i jut noticed this:

"We drive sales of high-end hardware," Andy Hess, Director of Content Acquistion for AGEIA told us. "When you have a PhysX processor in your system, you've gotta have that SLI. You've gotta have both graphics cards to handle the amount of data that we send out. We keep those guys really busy."

YOU NEED SLI!!

in past articles, all i read was that the ppu would send back "some" data to the gpu card.

299$ and you need SLI. Not for the feint of heart to be sure then. :(

Robert White Apr 20, 2006, 06:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
nTune killed my ASUS AiBooster

I installed the latest version of nVidia's nTune program - I am using an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe mainboard which is a supported board per the TID's I saw. When I ran the program for the first time, I selected to the "manage my board" option and it promted me for "NVidia" or "Expert" buttons to click. I clicked the "Nvidia" button - it didn't run anything (apparently) at that time and I found the whole damn thing basically would not work. I got the first main menu, but trying to select "Manage" or Tune options simply would not do anything. Apparently, nTune was able to modify some settings that made the ASUS AI Booster program that is installed on my Win XP Pro w/SP2 system no longer function. The program runs but can no longer access the settings of the mainboard to make adjustments (the FSB,MHZ, and the number immediately below the MHZ readout all go to zero about 10 seconds after I launch the app). I uninstalled nTune immediately after, but the AI Booster program still will not function. I uninstalled and reinstalled the AI Booster applications, but it still cannot access the mainboard for control.

I even tried doing a system restore to back before I installed that damn nTune, and AiBooster still won't function. I have tried resetting BIOS back to defaults and playing with settings zillions of times - I loaded the O/S with the existing 1103 BIOS already in place and I had used setup default during the load, so I know those settings work with AiBooster.

Anybody have this happen to them??

AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800+
nVidia GS7300
Corsair 2-2-2-5 512x2


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Robert White Apr 21, 2006, 07:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Yes, I also saw in various documentation that there was a conflict between Cool and Quiet and AiBooster. I have never enabled the option in the BIOS, however. I initially had the Cool and Quiet software installed (although never enabled it in the BIOS) but uninstalled it several days prior to installing nTune - AiBooster was still functioning at that point. I have double checked to make sure that Cool and Quiet was still disabled in the BIOS just after I started having problems with AiBooster and after I uninstalled nTune.

Thank you for your suggestion, however.

Ewan Mclean Apr 22, 2006, 09:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 22, 2006, 09:29am EDT

 
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Hi, I've been having problems with my computer locking up recently.
3500 Winchester
Asus a8n sli-premium
Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2PT
Powercolor X1800XT
Audigy2 Value
Belkin WLAN card
2x Seagate barracuda ST380817AS sata 150 in raid0
Hiper type r 580

I upgraded my computer about November last year as i'd been having memory compatability problems with my AV8 and i wanted to go PCI-E. The new componenents were the motherboard and g-card. I had a few teething problems with configuration and the computer spending about 5 minutes on the asus screen at startup. This went away after i cleared cmos and i thought everything was fine.
After about two months i started to get freezes or lockups (i'm not sure what the difference is) where the mouse would go sluggish and then the computer would stop responding. The screen would remain frozen on whatever image was on it at the time and if sound was playing it would loop about a half second portion over and over. I tried leaving the computer at this to see if it was a temporary lock up but it seemed to stay indefinitely so required a hard restart.
This became very frequent and could happen at almost anytime but mostly at or not long after startup. The freeze could happen at anytime from the black windows screen (with the loading bar and win icon) to the welcome screen right on through to starting up the internet or a game. Usually (but with a few exceptions) if it survived the first 10 minutes it would be able to last for hours of games, internet use etc. without a lockup. Occasionaly when i rebooted after a lockup it would post and then go to a blank screen or the loading bar on the black windows screen would keep going forever without loading windows. Sometimes it would go to the select startup screen where you choose whther to load with last known good settings, safe mode etc.(it occasionaly froze at this screen) When i tried to boot in safemode it always got stuck at MUP.sys.
Then the freezes became so frequent it got to the stage only one boot in 10 would be succesful. Then i started getting messages that no OS found and system config was corrupt(i think that's what they were, it was a while back). I decided to reinstall windows but everytime it got to within 30 to 10 minutes of completeing (after the reboot, when I was finalising the install with things like the time and so on) it would freeze again. I cleared Cmos and there was no change. I was ready to give up when after a final clearing of CMOS allowed me to install windows with no problems.

It then worked fine for about another two months until on my first play of Oblivion: freeze, sound looping needing a hard restart all over again. Except this time when i rebooted it couldn't find my sata disks. I switched off and then waited 10 mins and came back and everything worked fine again. The freezes are coming back now with increasing regularity. Other than the occaional non detection of my raid array and no corruption message yet it is following exactly the same pattern as before.

Memtest 86+ ran for hours without a single fault and on my previous install (not tried on this one yet) prime 95, super pi and sandra burn in ran fine as well. Although sandra crashed at the file stystem benchmark every time with everything else it was OK. Check disk dtects no errors. I'll try them again on my current install to be sure.

Other info: I had a weird problem with the power light and HDD light. When i turned things i wasn't using off in the bios the power light dissapeared completely. It was things in the section with NVLAN, game port etc. When i reset cmos (and all these things returned to default) on came the light again. Weird things are it doesn't come on straight away after i press power like it did with my previous mobo and it is much dimmer than with my previous mobo. The HDD light doesn't come on at all. Also the computer takes a while to actually get going after pressing power with the fans all spinning at max for about 5-10 secs before the bios splash screen appears.

Sorry about the long post but i was trying to include as much info as possible in the hope that someone can make sense of all the pieces. I'm toatally stumped as to the problem and there's no easy way of testing whether any changes have made a difference as i've not found a way to replictae the freeze with 100% success. I am finding that running azureus with 7 or 8 downloads almost always guarantees a crash sooner or later.
Ewan

Edit: I should probably add that in the 4-5 months i've had this board i've only had 1 blue screen crash.

Monty Apr 22, 2006, 10:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi. This all sounds like voltage instability to me. The problem with "random" problems is defining just what is the problem, but you have to start somewhere and the PSU is the first thing to get checked out before going deep into software problems. Your OS played your games/surfed so rule it out. Could it be a failing HDD - only tiny glitch there occasionally will give you all the symtoms you describe! They don't all scream and clatter before they give up the ghost. Sounds a lot like overheating too so that's another angle of attack.Assuming all your hardware is serviceable/seated/connected properly and all drivers are current there is little else to do other than rebuild with the barebones and soak test [leave powered up for long periods] after each item of hardware/software is re-installed.
The bad news - random problems are a bast##rd.
The good news - they are usually something stupid.
Good luck ;-)

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
Rob French Apr 22, 2006, 12:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Has anyone checked the temp of their chipset using temp probs before attempting a replacement of the stock HSF?

I am going to be installing the Asus heatpipe that is used on the Premium boards on my Deluxe today and wanted to know if it increases the chipset temp at all.


Ewan Mclean Apr 23, 2006, 06:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Cheers for the reply.
Re: voltage instability: Would this be progressive like has happened in my situation and then clear up temporarily? Also what would be the best way of testing for this? I've tried using the asus tools to monitor the voltages and they appear fine and stable (although i've never had the trool on at the time of a freeze) also the lack of freezes in bios and dos would suggest that it's OK.
Re:hard drive: Yeah that's something i considered, probably the best bet and the easiest to swap out. Unfortunately with the problem taking about 2 months to show on a fresh install that's going to be a lot of waiting to find out. I've downloaded seatool and to check my HDDs. Are they 100% accurate at finding a fault or can they miss things?

According to device manager my WLAN card is sharing an IRQ with my G-card. Could this be causing problems?
I don't have SLI and i've got a 24 pin ATX 2.2 power supply but is it worth sticking a molex in the EZ plug just to be sure i'm getting enough volts to my gcard?

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi Ewan.
I am sure the EZ plug power supply is essential with this board!
You could also try re-installing the PCI host controller drivers from the mobo support disc. Doing so on my own rig solved random behaviour [crash then reboot] when flying my sim, trying to play a DVD or even do some video authoring. I always got a MS message about recent h/w changes though.
There is also something within the OS which gives a system report about problems but I'm darned if I can remember where I read it. I have never referred to it myself but apparently there is some sort of Log. Maybe someone here knows of it or maybe it can be found on an XP type forum?
There are various monitoring utilities around but try running SisSandra [google it]. The Lite version is free. There is a module in that which may highlight a weak link in your system.

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

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