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~Vel Oct 08, 2006, 04:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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pardon me asking but is this thread ever going to end? o-o'

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Stenborg Oct 08, 2006, 04:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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~Vel said:
pardon me asking but is this thread ever going to end? o-o'


Of course not! :D

David Maxwell Oct 11, 2006, 04:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I hope it doesnt end anytime soon!

I just installed an x2 4800+ and when i realised it was running at 2475Mhz (I hadnt cleared the cmos and it was using my previous OC settings from my 3500+ venice).

I cleared the cmos this morning and had a very quick look in the BIOS to check but couldnt find an option to change the multiplier. Would this be because Im running BIOS rev. 1011?

If I need to flash the bios I realise the best way is from a floppy but as I dont have a floppy drive can this be done through windows? (Im sure I read somewhere that it can.)

Stenborg Oct 11, 2006, 07:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I cleared the cmos this morning and had a very quick look in the BIOS to check but couldnt find an option to change the multiplier. Would this be because Im running BIOS rev. 1011?


I haven't run 1011 in a long time, but I'm quite sure there is such an option. Keep looking...


If I need to flash the bios I realise the best way is from a floppy but as I dont have a floppy drive can this be done through windows? (Im sure I read somewhere that it can.)


Yes it can be done from Windows. Or from DOS, if you boot from a USB stick or a CD, but flashing from Windows should be safe enough. It's a good precaution to close all running programs before you do so though. You can download the Windows flash program from Asus' support site I believe.

Let us know if you have any problems.

Eriboll _ Oct 11, 2006, 02:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Don't know if this has been posted before (no thread search facility), but there's a helpful guide to fitting the Zalman ZM-NB47J Northbridge Cooler at http://www.euroalps.eu/technology/Computing/Chipset_Cooling/ch...oling.html

John Jordaan Oct 11, 2006, 05:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bruce Berg said:
Sander:

Thank you, thank you; for that great write up on this board.

I did purchase the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI, and I also purchased 4 Western Digital WD2000JS HD's so I could use the WD "secure connect" Sata cables on a 0 + 1 raid. The problem is I am now only using the nonsata molex power connectors. So the two strands of Sata power connectors are not used at all. Is this running all of the power off only part of the Power Supply and should I forget the "secure connect" which I really like? Or, is it OK?

Also, I can not get WinXP Home to accept my nvidia raid drivers at F6>S. It keeps saying, "Use motherboard mfg's disk". The raid at F10 looks good. I will follow your instructions on installing 1007 bios. I am also using the Winchester dual core 3800+. There seem to be a lot of postings on the net discribing this problem. I am hoping another bios will do the fix.

Thanks again,
Bruce


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Is this running all of the power off only part of the Power Supply and should I forget the "secure connect" which I really like? Or, is it OK?


Most likely, it's okay. It depends on your PSU. How many rails does it have? Even a three-rail PSU I believe always uses the same rail for all SATA/IDE power connectors so it wouldn't matter which ones you use.

Ricky Mcdonnell Oct 12, 2006, 08:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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wow massive thread how about locking and making a new one :P

Victor Mullin Oct 13, 2006, 10:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

Ive been a lurker in this forum for a long long time and found the advice given here to be fantastic.

Recently my neighbour got rid of his AMD 64 bit PC and decided to replace it with a newer DFI LanParty board set and new chip. He gave me his old 64bit PC :)

Stats
AMD A8N SLI (i THINK its the first version of the board)
AMD 64bit 3500
GeForce 6600GT (asus card)
2 X SATA Drives
2GB Crucial Memory (2 x 1gb sticks)

The machine itself was in a sorry state inside, everything was plastered in dust, there was at least a cm of compacted dust around the Arctic Cooler heatsink for the CPU and the card...well...the fan was on the verge of not spinning. The northbridge asus fan was sounding like a strangled cat, its been replaced with a Zalman.

There's only one problem left. If the machine is switched off for a while and started back up again the internal speaker gives a 1 long and 3 short beeps and refuses to start. It looks like the problem is the flip chip to alter it to dual SLI or single card. If that flip chip is removed and the PC started...shut down...chip replaced and started again the PC starts up with no problems.

Also, ive been reading in other forums that this first revision board will only take up to a GeForce 6800GT in dual SLI...it wont do SLI mode for any card in the GeForce 7 range...is this true?

Stenborg Oct 14, 2006, 09:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The machine itself was in a sorry state inside, everything was plastered in dust, there was at least a cm of compacted dust around the Arctic Cooler heatsink for the CPU and the card...well...the fan was on the verge of not spinning. The northbridge asus fan was sounding like a strangled cat, its been replaced with a Zalman.

Nasty. :) Keeping dust out of your computer is a GOOD thing. Filters on all the air intakes helps, but you have to remember to clean them, which is the tricky part for me at least. :P But you still have to clean it out once in a while. Good that the chipset fan is replaced - the original one is lousy.


There's only one problem left. If the machine is switched off for a while and started back up again the internal speaker gives a 1 long and 3 short beeps and refuses to start. It looks like the problem is the flip chip to alter it to dual SLI or single card. If that flip chip is removed and the PC started...shut down...chip replaced and started again the PC starts up with no problems.

So if you remove and replace the card, then suddenly it works again? Do you get the same result when booting without the card inserted with one long and three short beeps? That could indicate that the selector card is a bit loose and doesn't make contact properly. That would be a pretty bad situation. Has it been removed and replaced frequently? That could cause problems... you can try to clean the connector edge carefully.


Also, ive been reading in other forums that this first revision board will only take up to a GeForce 6800GT in dual SLI...it wont do SLI mode for any card in the GeForce 7 range...is this true?

I've never heard of this, and I find no reference to it neither on the NVidia site, where the board is listed as SLI compatible without any restrictions, or on Asus' support site. Or by googling a bit. But I haven't tried it myself. Where did you read it?

Victor Mullin Oct 14, 2006, 12:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah, i think the PC was used in a dusty house.

As for the beeping. It's the Single/Dual selector card. When it starts off with the long beep and 3 short beeps I need to remove the Single/Dual Selector card, switch the PC on, switch it back off, plug the selector chip and and start it back up again. I know one thing, the chip is VERY loose...even when it is fitted and the 2 brackets and clipped onto it.

As for the SLI issue, this is one of the site where it says SLI up to 6800GT... http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=1009&page=2

You get support for all Socket 939 processors, including upcoming FX-57, and DDR400 is the maximum native memory speed on current CPUs. SLI support means you can run a pair of PCI Express graphics cards from NVIDIA, as long as they're 6600 GT, 6800, 6800 GT or 6800 Ultra GeForces, for multi-participant 3D rendering.


Thats the part where it mentions the card types.

Hugh Johnson Oct 14, 2006, 04:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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As for the beeping. It's the Single/Dual selector card. When it starts off with the long beep and 3 short beeps I need to remove the Single/Dual Selector card, switch the PC on, switch it back off, plug the selector chip and and start it back up again. I know one thing, the chip is VERY loose...even when it is fitted and the 2 brackets and clipped onto it.

That sounds very bad. If the card is loose and causes glitches in the connection to the first PCI-E slot, then that could probably wreak havoc with system stability. I don't think the system will be very tolerant of errors in the data transfer between CPU/RAM and the GPU. I don't know what to recommend here really. Try to improve the contact obviously... I don't remember exactly how the connector looks, perhaps you can wedge the card more firmly against the connector leads or something. Have you tried cleaning the connector edge of the card?


As for the SLI issue, this is one of the site where it says SLI up to 6800GT... http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=1009&page=2


You get support for all Socket 939 processors, including upcoming FX-57, and DDR400 is the maximum native memory speed on current CPUs. SLI support means you can run a pair of PCI Express graphics cards from NVIDIA, as long as they're 6600 GT, 6800, 6800 GT or 6800 Ultra GeForces, for multi-participant 3D rendering.


Thats the part where it mentions the card types.

Hehe, ok. Good news then: That review is from February 2005, there weren't too many 7800+ cards around then. :) I'm pretty confident it will work. You need a good power supply and so on of course...

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I got it all together and booted it up. Everything looked good.....it posted and started reading the Windows Cd to format the drive and it shut down. (After about 2 minutes)
I tried again and it did the same thing. I have tried repalcing the power supply.I double checked all my connections on the motherboard and everything looks good. Any insight on why it may be crashing?


How far did the Windows setup program get? 2 minutes is a quite long time...

You can test your system for some basic stability without an operating system installed. I'm gonna be lazy and paste an old quote:


Go to http://www.memtest.org for instance and download the floppy image http://www.memtest.org/download/1.65/memtest86+-1.65.floppy.zip and run that, you don't need an OS for that. Another good DOS-based tool is S&M (yeah, I know) which you can download from http://testmem.nm.ru/snm.zip . (The homepage is in russion and so a bit tricky to navigate). If you can run these thoroughly without errors then at least your CPU and RAM are likely to be good.


That's a good start. Having those disks lying around is useful if you tinker with computer building.

Hugh Johnson Oct 14, 2006, 11:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the tips I will check out those links. To clarify, it took 2 minutes from the time I turned on the machine. It posts and starts to read the XP cd, only for a few seconds. I have taken out the CD and have gone into setup and it has done the same thing. I have also made sure the memory is in the right slot (b1).
Anyway, I'll keep working at it. I wish I would have found this forum before buying this motherboard. :)

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Thanks for the tips I will check out those links. To clarify, it took 2 minutes from the time I turned on the machine. It posts and starts to read the XP cd, only for a few seconds. I have taken out the CD and have gone into setup and it has done the same thing. I have also made sure the memory is in the right slot (b1).
Anyway, I'll keep working at it. I wish I would have found this forum before buying this motherboard. :)

Does it turn off even when just sitting idle in the BIOS menu? That's very bad. :/ You can try to strip the system down to a bare minimum (no cards except graphics, no HDD, no CDROM) and see if that helps. Is the CPU cooling properly installed? Perhaps it could be overheating otherwise and shutting down automatically.

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Yes it crashes even sitting in the bios menu. :~ I am going to do what you said and see what happens. Thank you for your advice!

Hugh Johnson Oct 15, 2006, 05:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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HORRAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! IT WORK!!:)

You got me thinking when you mentioned it overheating so I checked my CPU/Heatsink and it was not properly seated. I reseated it and wallah she's running like a champ! I am embarrassed :blush: for it being something so simple and something that I should have caught, but at the same time am very grateful for your insight. Thank you very much Bjorn for your help, it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!;)

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Congratulations. :) Glad I could be of assistance.


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