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Ray Logan Apr 24, 2006, 02:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
@peter bullock thanks for the reply and the link to the articles. Good read, I forwarded it to ppl who has the same concerns. Since at this time the prices/availability of these PPU are not within my budget, I'm resorting to "wait-and-see" what ppl who actually has these cards and what cons they may experience.

Majority of A8N-SLI dex owners who looked into these upgrades have come to a conclusion, that at this time, it is best to upgrade to a higher end card, such as these 7900GTX512RAM than getting the PCI PPU. They rather wait for a Rev 2 mobo with PCI-Es for both GPUs(SLI) and a dedicated PCI-E for these PPU.

Another concern I have if I do make this upgrade for two 7900GTX512RAM is my PSU. I have read with ppl having to upgrade their PSU to 1000W. I currently have a Silverstone 650 Zeus.
Would this PSU handle both 7900GTX512RAM GPUs?

Thanks in advance

Ray

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D S Apr 25, 2006, 03:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2006, 03:29pm EDT

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

Just Recently finished putting together new Pc.

Specs Are:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 (ADA4200BVBOX) X2 4200+ 512kb Cache
XFX Nvidia 7900GT 256mb
Maxtor 150gb Sata
2x512mb Corrair (ValueSelect) Ra,
2x512mb Hynix (Spelling =/)
JeanTek Arctic 600W PSU

Now The problems Im having are 2 smallish ones

I originally Had a problem of getting Nv4disp.dll Blue Screens, Changed my PSU to the one I got now and that fixed that error.

However.

I Keep getting Random shutdowns when Booting my pc, it acts like its booting, but before the screen turns on, it just turns itself off.

The other Problem im having is the strange female voice telling me my PC failed its Memory Test.

Now the Random Shutdowns was happening on the old PSU and is Still Happening on the New one.
The Memory Test message I only noticed for the first time today, I dont normally turn my sound on untill after I opened Winamp, but today I had it on and was greeted by this message

Oh And before anyone asks Yes I was sensible and Plugged A 4pin connector into the Ez port on my Mobo. I forgot the first time of making it but quickly remembered after about 5mins =)


So anyone able to help me out?

Russ Spry Apr 25, 2006, 04:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2006, 04:27pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I know you are not going to want to hear what I have to say but I think you still have a power issue. I looked up your power supply tech info and I don't thnk it has enough +12 V amps(19) to push this system stable. The video card pulls HUGE amps and 19 amp max rails under max load won't get the job done. Also, mixing and matching memory is a really bad idea. Remove 2 sticks of one or the other and see if that helps. Try both sets, one at a time.

darren Wallwork Apr 26, 2006, 12:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I`m bored of asus a8n boards, fed up of them packing up the 2nd 1`s just gone today, lmao, started with an a8nsli, lasted 6 months at 242fsb, mem, managed to get over 3ghz out of it though with my 3700+, but had to sacrifice mem speed.
next sent me an a8nsli premium, lasted about 8 hours, would`nt boot of the h/d automaticly had to f8 it and tell it, next day came to reboot just went to boot windows and blue screen of death, changed mem, still the same, tried reinstalling still the same.

Are asus boards justs**t or something or am i pushing it to much,

last config
3700+clocked to 242fsbx11@ 1.5v have had to 248 but became unrealable, got to 290 at ddr 266, but too slow
1gb pc3200 corsiar value selet clocked to 242fsb@2.7v
(don`t laugh)voodoo banshee (pcix card packed up before the m/b)
everything else pretty much how it should.

any ideas

Jeffrey Kramer Apr 26, 2006, 04:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I've been reading many pages on this thread and this seems to be about the most helpful site that I can find. I just finished building a new pc with an ASUS A8N-SLI deluxe motherboard on it. Everything seemed to go smooth until it came to USB ports. I cannot seem to get these things to work at all. Every device I plug in gives me the new device notification in the taskbar, then it shows up as "unknown device" and does not work. I get power to the USB port, just not functionality.

I have tried several options in the BIOS with no luck (disable USB 2.0, disable legacy). I have also tried to just reinstall Windows and had the same results before and after I ran the updates. I believe I am on the current BIOS rev (1016). Does anyone have any ideas on how to solve this?

Russ Spry Apr 26, 2006, 05:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 26, 2006, 05:23pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Have you installed SP 2. The USB drivers are in SP 1 and SP 2. After you install all should be right with the world.

Jeffrey Kramer Apr 26, 2006, 05:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Yes, SP2 is installed on XP Home (not my choice, but that's what I have). It keeps failing with this:

"USB Device Not Recognized--Please click on this message"

When I click on the device it shows me a list on USB Root Hub (10 Ports).

The device shows up among all the unused ports as "Unknown Device"

When you click on the Unknown Device, you get a window that says "no drivers are installed for this device". It shows the location as 0.

Russ Spry Apr 26, 2006, 07:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Have you tried to update the driver in Device Manager in the control panel?

D S Apr 26, 2006, 07:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Russ Spry Apr 26, 2006, 08:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes you really want to be over 12V but sometimes under major load it will slip down a bit but should never be under 11.80V. I am running a good 550 watt which works well but I would look for something around 600W with dual 12V rails, 22+ amps on each 12V rail minimum.

Rob French Apr 27, 2006, 02:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 27, 2006, 02:38am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Just an update... I installed the Asus heatpipe (http://estore.asus.com/shop/item.asp?itemid=2535) found on the Premium boards on my Deluxe board.

I was tired of replacing my chipset HSF (was on my 4th fan) so I tried this install. Easy as Sunday morning. Just had to pop off the chipset HSF and the MOFSET HS. The fit was perfect and now my case is much quieter. I am not sure if the chipset temps changed but the case/mobo temp is about the same.

I am extremely pleased with the results and I have FINALLY fixed that damn nagging chipset HSF.

Monty Apr 27, 2006, 04:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
** For Jeff Kramer **
Look in Device Manager. If you have something called Other Devices listed and marked with a yellow question mark, insert your mobo support disc > right click the "other deivices" > properties > install driver[s] > point your PC to the tray. I had the same problems and it looks like you are missing the host controllers. 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
KillrBuckeye Apr 27, 2006, 09:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Rob French: I have a question about that heatpipe chipset cooler. Where do the fins sit when it is installed? Are they by the exhaust fan at the rear of the case? I'm just wondering how convection is achieved with a passive cooler like this.

KillrBuckeye
----------------------------------------------------------Athlon 64 3200+ Venice (2500 MHz @ 1.50V), Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, 2x512 MB Crucial Ballistix PC3200 (250 MHz, 2.5-2-2-6 @ 2.85V), WD Raptor 74GB, WD 320GB SATAII 16MB, EVGA 7800GT 256MB
Stenborg Apr 27, 2006, 11:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
If anyone is interested, there's a 1016 BIOS for the A8N SLI Deluxe modified with newer BIOSes for the Silicon Image and NForce SATA Raid controllers. The SI3114 BIOS is updated to 5.3.14 and the NVRaid BIOS to 5.50. Works fine with the newest NVidia and Silicon Image drivers. It's available from the NVidia forums where attachments are possible:

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=13942

Enjoy!

Rob French Apr 27, 2006, 11:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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KillrBuckeye: The heatpipe's heatsink sits in the exact same place (and looks very similar) to the current MOSFET heatsink next to the processor. It is pretty close to the exhaust fan and probably receives some benefit from the CPU fan.

Ray Logan Apr 27, 2006, 09:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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after testing out the new GRAW demo I was dissappointed that my 6600 128MB GT are already not up to par.LOL. It seems like just yesterday that I installed these cards and was blown away how great they are.
I can play HL2 on hight settings, Fear demo on medium, BF2 on high, FarCry on high, SplinterCell CT on high, etc. Yes they are older, but I'm just catching up.
My current specs are:
A8N deluxe-SLI
AMD 64 3800 939
1GB DDR400 PC3200 Corsair XMS
MSI 6600 GT PCIE-16x
Silverstone 600W Zues

So I was gathering on opinion on what card I should get next.
But I must say, I am no longer going SLI since, it really doesnt make sense to have SLI on a 17" and 19" CRT and its not widescreen supported. Plus theres the issue on how much these cards are in a "real world."

I'm definitely going 512RAM along the lines of 7900 GTX---factory OC since I don't know how to do it myself---and I do not trust myself.

Or should I wait until these new processor in the 7900 get more explored by makers. The 7900 are suppose to run with less heat---read somewhere and they are smaller too?

Or should I save up for Christmas when the DX10 cards come out and then get the 7900 when they get cheaper---along the line of actually below the $500 price.

What or how much should I sell these MSI 6600 GT? $300 for both would be too much or about right?

Is there a FAQ or walk-thru on going back to single card (besides the flipping that "jumper" between the cards on the mobo). What steps should I take. Any websites that cater to this downdgrade to single card?
If there are questions that I forgot to ask please do remind me.

Thanks in advance


peter bullock Apr 28, 2006, 08:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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christmas ---really january (as dx 10 cards won't ship until vista, i think)..is a whopping 9 months away!!
Can you really miss out on all that gaming goodness for that long?

I am in same boat --except i have already waited a year to upgrade ...and now there is still more astounding tech on the horizon. The future always stays on the horizon.

Anyways, i have decided to wait until may 23 --to get the final deal on AM2.

I will buy the nvidia 7900 gt as a compromise --it has the best price/performance. The price will make it easier to swallow the dx 10 part --which i will probably go to in 1 year from now. (i usually update vid. card after a min. of 2 years)

Nick Wolff Apr 28, 2006, 04:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 28, 2006, 05:08pm EDT

 
>> Boot issues?
Hey, I just replaced my crummy chipset fan with a replacement from ASUS. Got everything back together and booted and get stuck on the ASUS motherboard title screen. I hit del to get into setup and get stuck on "entering setup" forever. Anyone know of a fix for this? I can't think of anything I've done wrong. Everything is the exact same as it was prior to replacing the chipset fan. 500w psu. I've already tried resetting the CMOS but the problem persists.

Rob French Apr 29, 2006, 03:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Nick: Ugh, that doesn't sound good. I had a similar problem after the first time I replaced my chipset HSF. My computer would turn on, I would get the standard POST beep and then nothing. Everything would spin up but no video. I sent the board back to Asus and they replaced it.

I must have fried the chipset HSF when I installed the new one. I was extremely careful but it only takes a small amount of spark on an exposed chip.

I have since replaced the chipset HSF 4 times and never had a problem. The bad news is Asus won't cross ship so you may be out of a computer for a while.

Nick Wolff Apr 29, 2006, 12:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Rob,
Thanks for the response, evil though it is. Sounds like it's time to extract the info I need from my harddrives and call up ASUS...


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