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ian hutton Oct 19, 2006, 06:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ian hutton Oct 19, 2006, 06:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello all,

I have the premium version of this motherboard so i don't know if you will be able to help. I have just installed my board with 1gig of memory and athlon 64 3800 plus X550 256MB video card. I have a good quality 550w power supply. The trouble is when i switch on I get nothing. I can hear the hard drive spin and the power and processor fan but I get nothing on screen and the CPU does not appear to get even the slightest bit warm. I have tried just using one 512 memory stick and my old memory, but still nothing. I also hear no beeps from the internal speaker. This is driving me mad, as I have built a few systems before and not had any problems. It is very frustrating that I can get to see anything on screen or hear any sound as it makes it impossible to diagnose what is wrong. Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Of course it might just be that something is faulty, but how do I find out what?

Thanks for any help!

Cheers

Ian

Sebastian Barwich Oct 20, 2006, 05:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I know this is a simple problem thats probably been answered a hundred times already and for that i apologise, my power supply died with this motherboard so i reverted back to a 400w powersupply (which i have previously used with my EXACT set up so i am certain that it has enough juice to keep it up and running)

However after connecting all the wires up again the graphics card says it isn't getting any power from the power supply, now this makes me think the card might be burned out, but nothing has happened to do so.

Another possibility that crossed my mind is that i've fogotten one of the connectors... i have 20 pin power supply you see and i cant shake the paranoia that as a result an extra plug needs to go somewhere (i already have the adaptor that brings power directly to my video card)

Please any help would be greatly appreciated, im at a loss as to what to do...

Stenborg Oct 20, 2006, 05:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sebastian,

Try plugging a molex power connector (the type used for hard drives) from the power supply into the slot next to the PCI-E (graphics card) slot on your motherboard. Asus calls it EZ-plug if remember correctly. Not sure it'll help but it's worth a shot.

Robert Ward Oct 20, 2006, 06:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 20, 2006, 06:44pm EDT

 
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Ian: is the green LED at the bottom on the motherboard, near the bottom PCI slot on? mitch

Ian: Get the manual for this MoBo and read page 2.25: You must plug in a 24-pin, yes 24, main plug, the 4-pin ATX12V1, and the 4-pin EZ-Plug. Sounds like you need a ATX-2 power supply such as an Antech Neo 480. - mitch

Sebastian Barwich Oct 20, 2006, 07:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Stenborg Oct 22, 2006, 12:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Robert Ward said:
Ian: Get the manual for this MoBo and read page 2.25: You must plug in a 24-pin, yes 24, main plug, the 4-pin ATX12V1, and the 4-pin EZ-Plug. Sounds like you need a ATX-2 power supply such as an Antech Neo 480. - mitch


You do not need a 24-pin power supply. I've run a 20-pin one for almost two years now without any problems. The manual describes the pin-out, it doesn't say that you need a 24-pin power supply.

Stenborg Oct 22, 2006, 12:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sebastian Barwich said:

Yes, i've had these in despite the fact i only have one graphics card, only realised when i was looking for a faulty connector today that it is in fact optional, whether in or out the graphics card recieves no power, the computer starts up sounding normal, then a repeating "beep" sound happens, with the message the graphics card is receiving no power from the power supply , it then refers me to the quick start guide, sadly my quick start guide is in german,french, italian, spanish and russian, but not english, i've read the manual through but i cant find anything helpful...


Okay... annoying. Have you verified that the power supply does deliver the correct voltages to the connectors using a multimeter/voltmeter? Have you tried stripping the system down to a bar minimum? (No drives or add-in cards etc...)

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Dean Richardson Oct 24, 2006, 08:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi guys,

Taking advantage of the dual core amd reduction in price I thought it prudent to invest in the 4800+ model which is due any minute.

In order to do this I need to flash the bios, fairly straight forward using the tools as done in the past but this time I have hit a little snag. I got the mobo on pre-order and still have the first bios revision there is 1002 atm (i know). Never had a problem with the board so never needed to update bios.

The problem I get is when downloading the bios via asus update the, well to quote;

'The model of the BIOS image doesn't match the BIOS ROM currently present.'

The model on the ROM info (my current bios) is A8N-SLI, however the image trying to update has the model A8NSLI-B, do you think this has anything to do with it as my model doesn't have a B in the name? was there a slight upgrade to the initial boards distributed?

Full info as follows;

BIOS ROM Information
ROM Type: SST 49LF004A
Model: A8N-SLI
Version: ASUS A8N-SLI DELIXE ACPI BIOS Revision 1002
Date: 11/26/2004

BIOS Image Information
File name: A8NSB012.BIN
Model: A8NSLI-B
Version: ASUS A8N-SLI ACPI Revision 1012
Date: 09/27/2005

I tried to install a couple of BIOS updates with the same message. I have only ever flashed a gfx card bios manually never a mobo and would prefer to do it via the automatic tool. Any help would be really appreciated.

Full System:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD 64 3500+
1024mb PC3200
Creative Audigy ZS Soundcard
320gb Seagate SATA II HDD



nathan ross Oct 24, 2006, 09:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 25, 2006, 09:32am EDT

 
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Excuse me,

Has any one been able to install Win Vista RC1 64 bit on the NV Raid on this MOBO, can't seem to find that (Make Disc) utility for the 64 bit OS. If so, could you point me in the right direction. What a MF to find, can't seem to find on Asus website.

Thanks in advance.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ron Martinez Oct 26, 2006, 01:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello All,

This is my first build and this everything went ok. (Whew). One question I Have a Thermaltake Armor Case with the usb cables sepreated into two for pin connectors instead of the 8 pin solid blocks like the motherboard has. I am afraid of toasting the board and am unsure where to install them. I was told that I just put the two four pin connectors into 1 8 pin block. Then I am finnised. Any help would be appreciated.

Sincerely,
Ron.

TWolfe Oct 26, 2006, 12:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey Ron,

I have the same case, and yes you can connect them to any of the three Blue connectors at the botom of the board. (red wires to the left)

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ron Martinez Oct 26, 2006, 04:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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CerBerUs said:
Hey Ron,

I have the same case, and yes you can connect them to any of the three Blue connectors at the botom of the board. (red wires to the left)


Thx alot, one last question , from what I have learned I take it connect them on the same 8 pin block or does it make a difference ?.

Regards,
Ron

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Ron it doesn't make any difference. all three spots are USB 2.0

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Alex Taylor Nov 01, 2006, 10:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Heres one I hope you guys know the answer to:

We've had one of these bad boys running for about 5-6 months setup with 4 x 300gb disks using RAID5 on the SiL chipset.

The OS is Windows Server 2003, and today I logged onto it and installed 23 Windows updates. Reboot the machine, and I get told that there is :

No valide deivce!...press any key to continue

(yes the spelling is like that on screen...)

Then I get: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

The server was running for a good couple months without any problems and no reboots. It's currently switched off with the power out, and it sits in an A/C server room so temp shouldn't be a problem.

Anyone have a clue as to wtf has happened to our archive server :( ?

Stenborg Nov 01, 2006, 11:03am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Alex,

That's not very fun I would imagine. I hope you have a backup. This is one of the many things RAID doesn't protect you against.

It's possible that the Windows patches had nothing to do with this problem, it may have been just the reboot that did it.

Is the RAID array still defined in the SI-3114 BIOS? What does it say about the state of the array?

Have you tried rebooting a couple of times (when all else fails... :) )? I haven't seen this problem on the SI chipset, but the NVidia controller sometimes doesn't wait long enough for the disks to come up after booting, and so will report an array failure. Warm rebooting usually resolves this (probably because the disks are already spun up and so report faster to the controller).

Have you checked to see that the boot order is still OK?

BTW, you should get noticeably better performance running off the NVidia controller in RAID-5, as it is not limited by the PCI bus as the SI-3114 is.

Alex Taylor Nov 01, 2006, 11:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bjorn,

Thanks for the quick reply.

Agreed, I don't think any of the Windows patches did this.

If I do a Ctrl-S to enter the SiL bios, it shows the 4 drives under Physical Drive but under Logical Drive it says "Invalid Raid drive.

If I click "Create Raid set it comes back with "Not enough single drives to create Raid set".

Something in the regular BIOS perhaps? If I enable the NVRAID in there will it screw the SiL one?

Regards,
Alex

Stenborg Nov 01, 2006, 11:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ah, then the SI-3114 configuration has been somehow corrupted.

So there's an "invalid" logical drive/array that is occupying the physical disks. If possible, you could try removing this array and then creating a new one using the same drives. I can't guarantee that this will retain the data on the disks. It might. :) If it's not possible to remove the invalid array, then you can try using the BIOS reset jumper, or pulling the battery for a while. And then hope that creating a new array of the same type with the same disks will bring it back to life. If asked when creating the new array, do _not_ choose to initialize the disks!

Enabling NVRaid will(should) not affect the SI RAID system at all. But I find it unlikely that you can move the array from one controller to the other and having it work. I've heard of this working with RAID-1 arrays actually, but I would think that at least for RAID-5 the controllers would keep some book-keeping information in proprietary format on the disks as well, but I admit to not being very knowledgeable about this. If everything else fails, I guess it might be worth a shot.

Of course, you should have backups, so a reformat won't hurt that much. Right?


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