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David Gorton Sep 07, 2006, 10:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Angryduck,
you have to make a RAID disk using your floppy drive. Sounds like the raid driver is hosed. If trying to load it off the CDrom the files aren't all in the correct folder. I suggest making a new disk and try that first. If you have too make the image with the SI controller or actually the RAID 0 transfer and then use the NVidia RAID controller with an NVRaid created disk. If you do that you have to load both drivers with the Raid driver first and the standard driver second in the F6 Windows setup mode. Good luck

The CMOS battery waring out after a few months is most likely the MB especially if you can't use the board until you replace the battery.

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My bad, I don't know what I was thinking Bjorn. So just ingore my post ok....oh and by the way.....thank you for making me feel like a complete dumbass.....do you think that you can rub it in that i am a dumbass? Because you did a pretty good job of it. So it's called a LEARNING PROCESS OK? GOT IT? EXCUSE ME THAT I'M NOT AS SMART AS YOU OR SMARTER!

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Hey all thanks for the responses..

As for the Raid driver, I have tried the driver off my CD via makeboot.exe and I also tried to download a new one off of the SIL website, neither of which worked. But What I did do was last night I broke my raid, and zeroed my drives, and when I tried to install XP again I got no error but it still did not detect my raid after hitting F6 and loading my raider driver. Tonight I intend to try to flash my bios when I return home from work (thanks for the link) assuming I can find the bios flashing too. Would you adivse I back up my old before hand, I would image so in case I bugger something up, at least I can then roll back.

I might even try switch to the nvRAID if the performance it truly better than why not, I was just under the impression it was more of a software raid as opposed to an actualy hardware Raid.. Though I have no proof just hearsey for the most part.

Though if anyone else has ideas bad or not I would appreciate all feedback. I do work in IT so I am pretty able to glean the useful information from posts. Just for some reason this bugger of a board has me in a tizzy.


Thanks again to all.


Generally not so stupid.. Except this once.
XLV Sep 08, 2006, 06:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all thanks for the responses..

As for the Raid driver, I have tried the driver off my CD via makeboot.exe and I also tried to download a new one off of the SIL website, neither of which worked. But What I did do was last night I broke my raid, and zeroed my drives, and when I tried to install XP again I got no error but it still did not detect my raid after hitting F6 and loading my raider driver. Tonight I intend to try to flash my bios when I return home from work (thanks for the link) assuming I can find the bios flashing too. Would you adivse I back up my old before hand, I would image so in case I bugger something up, at least I can then roll back.

I might even try switch to the nvRAID if the performance it truly better than why not, I was just under the impression it was more of a software raid as opposed to an actualy hardware Raid.. Though I have no proof just hearsey for the most part.

Though if anyone else has ideas bad or not I would appreciate all feedback. I do work in IT so I am pretty able to glean the useful information from posts. Just for some reason this bugger of a board has me in a tizzy.


Thanks again to all.



RAID5 on silicon image is as software and resource (CPU) hogging as it is on NVRAID. They are the same, on that aspect, except the point someone else pointed out, that sil3114 runs off the pci bus, which means 133MB/s max bandwidth ( practically its less ) and not only that, its shared with other components on your pci bus, so if you have eg a pci sound card, a part of that 133MB/s are used by your sound card etc. Instead, NVRAID is in the chipset, means its directly connected to cpu/mem etc. So from that point of view, it would be better to try nvidia raid5. Now, for the drivers' installation during XP install, you dont just need to throw drivers into a floppy and expect windows installer to read those, it needs a properly configured txtsetup.oem file in the floppy, to let windows installer read all the options of driver installation ( i think that if you need only one driver, you can throw all its files into one floppy, but in this case, more than one driver is included, sil sata raid, nv sata raid, nv ata raid, nv sata, nv ata etc ). I suggest you try a properly configured floppy from some other brand, i have used with success the floppy distribution by dfi lanparty ut nf4 sli-dr, which is based on same nforce4 sli, and has same sil3114 pci controller as asus a8n sli deluxe. I used the dfi drivers, just because i own a dfi lanparty ut nf4 sli-d ( same as the dr, minus the sil3114 ) and they had the insight to actually include a floppy into the motherboard's box with the drivers, something more manufacturers should follow. Anyhow, the page with dfi's drivers is this http://us.dfi.com.tw/Support/Download/driver_download_us.jsp?P...mp;SITE=US
and you need to download NF4 RAID F6.ZIP ( link : http://us.dfi.com.tw/Upload/Driver/NF4%20RAID%20F6.ZIP ).

ANGRYDUCK Sep 08, 2006, 11:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bjorn and George,

Big thanks to both of you, the BIOS upgate kicked serious ass and the "All in One" nVidia / SIL Driver worked great too. I am now installing Windows XP as we speak - Now all I will have to remember to do is update my nForce4 chipset driver and tweak my BIOS afterwards. I know they have the tremendous FAQ on the front page, but does anyone have any further input on this matter ?

Thanks again

Duck

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XLV Sep 10, 2006, 12:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bjorn and George,

Big thanks to both of you, the BIOS upgate kicked serious ass and the "All in One" nVidia / SIL Driver worked great too. I am now installing Windows XP as we speak - Now all I will have to remember to do is update my nForce4 chipset driver and tweak my BIOS afterwards. I know they have the tremendous FAQ on the front page, but does anyone have any further input on this matter ?

Thanks again

Duck


I dont know what extra BIOS tweaking you need to do, for raid0. Only thing that could make a difference is stripe size, but generally, when the raid0 array is to be used by common desktop usage patterns, leave it at default. Maybe you mean tweaking all the other options on the BIOS? Since you dont overclock, there's not much to set up, leave all options to auto. Also, you may need to update drivers for sil and nv sata after you install windows xp cause the drivers provided originally in the floppy, arent the latest i think. Also, since you are going to use sil raid0, you might consider not using the nv sata driver at all, cause lots of users had problems with it, and stick with the pci ide driver microsoft provides. You can do so cause nforce chipset simulates sata as paraller ata, so sata devices can work with pata driver from microsoft. Just install nforce4 motherboard drivers, but when prompted, deselect storage driver installation.

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Heh, I've read some pretty mean things on here regarding us A8N-SLI Deluxe users in other threads saying that we don't have any clue. That's funny!

Well, I have a clue and here's my problem:

I've had this system for over a year. Not a problem occured until April of 2006. Suddenly if I unplugged the power chord and added something (anything) or well, just even unplugged it during a test after the first time this particular issue happened, it had to spend about 10 minutes "warming up" before I could turn on the system. Well, that has been the case until about 3 days ago. Nothing changed, nothing is different, but she won't power on now period.

This is the thing, I know the NeoHE is problematic, but even at the beginning of this FAQ the poster writes that the NeoPower 480 is okay. Well, this is the power supply I do have. Today, I decided to just rip it apart and throw in a generic 250w HIPRO generic power supply and sure enough, she booted up; this was with two sata drives, a 6600gt, 5 fans, 2gigs ram (4x512mb) and without the dvd and cd drive being plugged in. So, I looked over the faq and decided to set my bios power options exactly the same. nada. Well, I'm completely baffled. So I am going to let everyone know now that it's not just the NeoHE, but eventually, there will come a time when your NeoPower 480 takes a crap on you.

So test it out, d! Well, the NP480 was ripped out, placed with a p4 setup and alas, it worked. This power supply has served a pretty good purpose for being on 24/7/365 continuously. This is a freebsd machine purely dedicated to distributed stuff and some astronomy applications.

I've searched up and down about this and I keep running into the HE version; my question is merely this: has anyone else been under the gun with this issue? if so, did you manage to get it back going again? and another if so, how did you do it?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

- Aaron

I should note, everything is green (the light on the mb) and I've done everything from stripping it down to bare minimum and building it back up. Just so I can ignore the angry asus haters club *wink* =]

Ethan Sanders Sep 17, 2006, 08:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Basically, I bought his motherboard today and tried to boot it up barebones and I get the 1 long beep, 2 short beeps thing, which won't allow it to boot.

I've tried the video card in another computer, it works fine, i've reset it in it's slot several times, no change.

Any other suggestions? What is the possibility that I merely got a faulty motherboard, and how would I go about checking?

Kevin Zhou Sep 17, 2006, 08:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi everybody!
I seem to have a problem. . .
My computer was working fine, then suddenly my LCD started flickering (I thought i turned it off!) and it finally turned off. I came back from the gym and it looks like my comp was on, but display was dead. No signal, just orange led light from LCD.
I restarted and there was no POST, error message, and anything of that sort. I took the video card out (7800GTX) and I heard the 'System Failed VGA Test' voice. I did not hear it with the card in.

So I replaced the video card and same thing occurs! My question is, is it a bad PCI-E slot now? I tried using the other slot, but I get that red LED light going on and no response from moving it there? Anyone have any advice??

McKye Gadke Sep 17, 2006, 08:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin, the other (black) slot is only used when there are two cards running SLI. The red light could have been the EZ-plug warning light, which is said to come on when two cards are in SLI and the EZ-plug hasn't been plugged into the motherboard. If you have a card you know is fine, and it still won't work, it has to be a board thing. That's all I can think of.

Kevin Zhou Sep 18, 2006, 12:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks a lot, tommorow I'm going to RMA my board

David Gorton Sep 18, 2006, 01:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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One long and two short beeps is usually a memory thing. Try the board with one stick of memory first and see if that works. If not what kind of memory do you have? Try a different brand if you have that. If all else fails then it is the board. GL

Basically, I bought his motherboard today and tried to boot it up barebones and I get the 1 long beep, 2 short beeps thing, which won't allow it to boot.

I've tried the video card in another computer, it works fine, i've reset it in it's slot several times, no change.

Any other suggestions? What is the possibility that I merely got a faulty motherboard, and how would I go about checking?


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Kevin:

If your LCD flickers and then dies, wouldn't it be plausible that it's the LCD that is broken? Have you tried with a different monitor?

If you remove the graphics card, then the motherboard is supposed to complain about VGA failure, that's expected. No graphics == graphics failure.

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OK guys, im running a AMD Athlon x2 4400+, currently i have 1gb ram (2 x 512) I want 4gb ram. Is this possible, also i need an up to date qvl, i cant find one at asus.com apart from the one in the manual. The memory im looking at is:

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/3934298?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Is it possible to have 2 pairs of these? so i would have 4 x 1gb. thanks, Adam

==

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Athlon64 X2 4400+
Nvidia Geforce 7800GTX
Twin Viewsonic VX912 19" LCD
1GB PC-3200 RAM (2 x 512mb)
Sony DVD RW DW-Q30A Drive
250GB Maxtor HDD
Coolermaster Brushed Alloy Case
juan bercetche Sep 18, 2006, 12:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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has anybody tried to use a Intel mobile processor SL5Z7 (comes with sony vaio grx laptops) with a 478 motheboard for desktop PC?thxs

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Thanks for the reply Dave, I am aware of some banter about windows not bieng able to make full use of 4gb worth of memory im also wondering about that. If i dont get 4gb worth of memory I was also going to go for the 4 x 512mb memory but i think its maybe worth getting just 2 x 1gb instead of mixing up my makes/models of memory, i also believe it would run a little faster, but im not sure. thanks! - Adam

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Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Athlon64 X2 4400+
Nvidia Geforce 7800GTX
Twin Viewsonic VX912 19" LCD
1GB PC-3200 RAM (2 x 512mb)
Sony DVD RW DW-Q30A Drive
250GB Maxtor HDD
Coolermaster Brushed Alloy Case

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