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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 22, 2005, 11:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 22, 2005, 11:07pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Yes this RAM just isn't cutting the mustard as they say. I am investigating this as we speak, you can be rest assured I will choose the best RAM for this board based on my experiences.

If you would like to see my system, there is a photo album called Mach II Project, just set it up yesterday. I still have work to do though.
PS: As there is an @ sign in this web address the link doesn't work in the forum.
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Rob Ciraco Feb 22, 2005, 11:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike let me know which RAM you do choose....

Gerrit Velthuysen Feb 23, 2005, 12:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Absolutely No Power
Sander,

Firstly, thanks for this FAQ - you must be some kind of saint to still be doing this - be sure it is appreciated.

I have a relatively simple problem with my new system based on this board - I can't get any power to it. I just need advice on determining whether it is more likely to be on account of a faulty mobo, or an inadequate/faulty power supply, so that I will at least only have to RMA one of these items.

Initially, I set up a minimal system; one stick of RAM, one GPU, one IDE harddrive, CD and floppy. I flipped the main power switch - and all I got was a high pitched whine from the PSU. Not even the standby LED flashed.

I have tried this power supply in my older (and far lesser, early P4 system) and it worked fine in there.

I have resorted to removing all items from the board and simply connecting the main ATX cable, outside the case as well - same response.

I am afraid I do not have the luxury of a multimeter. Will have to rectify that situation soon.

Setup:
-Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU - perhaps regrettably, I had not anticipated this kind of problem, so I decided on this item on account of the rave reviews it received at Anandtech and Tom's. It is rated to deliver 34A and 408W on the 12V rail - and those reviews found that it actually exceeded those specs.
-AMD 64 3500 - Winchester with Zalman Cu Quiet Cooler
-OCZ EL Platinum DDR400
-PNY GeForce 6600 GT
and seeing as I am not using anything else, I doubt it really matters.

Your help is deeply appreciated.



Vic Agafitei Feb 23, 2005, 01:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I have used many computers....but has anybody with the A8N-SLI received errors everytime they have tried to download something off mIRC? I get an ntdll.dll error EVERY TIME I start to receive a file on mIRC and the program crashes. Assume all settings for IRC are correct. I really think this is a hardware issue of some sort...when I reinstalled xp it continues with the same error but no other computer I have built or used does this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

chris n Feb 23, 2005, 04:09am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
fixed the problem at least i think i have...dont get what i used to...

enable v-sync when you play games and that should fix the horizontal line problems in games.....


a question of my on is that now that i play games with v-sync on i get big perfomance drops from the constant 60fps down to a dramtic 29fps,,, when i played with v-sync off i never hit below 50fps...

after i informed leadtek of this they told me i should send my card to the dealer for repairs...

is this necessary?? cause i dont want to be left without a card....

Wes Hetrick Feb 23, 2005, 04:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I cant even get Windows loaded on this thing. I keep getting an error during the initial windows setup that says.

File \i386\ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded. The error code is 7.

What does this mean? I was following along with the instructions in the first post of this thread. I can not get my hard drive to show up on the Nvidia SATA ports also. I have tried with BIOS 1003, 1004, and 1005 Beta. It will show up on the silicon image ports ok. The error message is during the first munite of setup where the screen is al blue with the white bar across the bottom and it asks you if you need to install 3rd party drivers. Here are my system specs, hope you guys can help me.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 939 3000+
Corsair Value Ram DDR400 1 gig Dual channel (2x512)
1 MSI Geforce 6600GT 128mb PCI-X video card
Antec Neo Power 480 PSU
Maxtor diamond max SATA 160 gig HD
LG CD Burner 24x10x40
LG DVD Burner 8x4x16x
Antec P160 Case

Darragh Sinnott Feb 23, 2005, 04:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Leo Lambart

"Oh you bought one of the MSI 6800GT's, did you read what MSI were caught out doing. They were using a Vanilla 6800 core on some of there 6800GT's, the GPU/Memory clock speeds were at standard GT rates but it only had 12 pipelines. That was one of the worst displays by a GFX card company i've seen. I hope you managed to get a full refund. MSI are in my bad books now."

Hi Leo, yeah, I brought them back and they were refunded no quibbles (were not bought from overclockers though, that place is a nightmare to try and get any aftersales service from).

MSI have really tarnished their reputation in my books with that 'GT' fiasco, maybe they were hoping that most people would not notice, but I suspect that most people who fork out big wedges for a graphics card know what they want and know how to check that they got it.

Darragh.


Darragh Sinnott Feb 23, 2005, 04:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Alkemyst Darkened:-
"Darragh thinking 40C CPU is hot is pretty extreme. The newer CPU's are meant to run at a higher than 'normal' temp compared to processors even a year ago...cooler is usually always better but you get to a point of severe limiting returns."

OK, that't good. I thought an idle of 40C was a bit on the hot side actually. This is the first time I have built a PC myself, and I could not find definitive information from AMD's web site what the normal temps should be at idle. I think it did mention something about 63C max for the package, but I don't know if that's right either. I thought that FX55's used the new Silicon On Insulator (SOI) stuff which allegedly makes them run cooler than the older processors - don't know much about this either though.

Anyway I'm happy with the CPU temp now, and can work on eliminating some of the 80mm fans and lowering the speed of the 120mm's to get it more quiet.

Darragh.

Darragh Sinnott Feb 23, 2005, 08:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
For anyone interested, I have loaded the 1004 bios and is seems good.
It fixes issues with QFAN (some config settings were missing in the 1003 bios)
There is no change to RAID performance (NV RAID 0 using two drives) that I can tell.
Everything seems to be as it should for now.

I'm running totally stock apart from 2-2-2-5 1T memory timing, so overclockers may find different results.

I have a question regarding NV RAID in generall though:-
On my previos board (ABIT Av8) HD Tach reported 140MB/sec at the beginning of the disk going down to about 100MB/sec at the end. This was with 2 WD Raptor 74GB disks.
In the A8N the profile from HDTach is a flat line 100MB/sec from beginning to end.
If seen this before with add in RAID controller cards, it's as if the controller cannot handle the capacity of both drives. Obviously they are not the same RAID controller, but I would have expected the same profile of higher at the beginning of the disk and getting lower as it moves along.

Anyone have a similar experience?

Terry I Feb 23, 2005, 08:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
-Gerrit Velthuysen

Just curious if you are also connecting the 4-pin 12v connector as well?

Just an update on my system. Now 3 days running. Have installed and played CS:source, HL2 and UT2k4. Also have watched and burned DVD's with Plextor. Still no problems to date. Also updated to 1004 bios yesterday.

A8n-sli deluxe
AMD 64 3500+
1gb corsair xms pro 3200LL
two maxtor 80gb SATA in raid 0
two XFX 6600gt's in SLI
plextor 716SA SATA DVD RW
Ultra 31650 500w PSU
win xp pro SP2

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 23, 2005, 09:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Anyone have success with the NV SW IDE drivers...seem to get alot of parity and controller not ready errors in event viewer....reinstalled XP's standards and they went away.

Anyone trying 1005.001 beta bios yet?

Sander Sassen Feb 23, 2005, 10:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Gerrit,

> I have a relatively simple problem with my new system based on this board - I can't get any power to it.

Just plug in the CPU, HSF, memory and videocard, 4-pin and EZ-plug power and the 2-/24 pin connectors and the frontpanel connectors for power/reset/etc, leave everything else OUT. Does it turn on now? If yes, start adding devices until it stops doing that, the device you added that breaks the procedure is the culprit. If no, you might have a DOA, dead on arrival, send the motherboard back for a replacement.

Sander Sassen
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Sander Sassen Feb 23, 2005, 10:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Also, and this goes for all of you, the UNKNOWN DEVICE in device manager issue has been solved. This is caused by AI Booster, which apparantly is a small ASIC that Asus added to the motherboard.

It needs a driver to get rid of the unknown device, so install AI Booster. Or, like I will, don't bother with it, as I won't be using AI Booster anyway, just rest assured it is not something to worry about. Asus said it will be fixed in an upcoming BIOS release, so it doesn't show as an unknown device anymore.

Sander Sassen
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Kariage Kun Feb 23, 2005, 11:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi all... I'm back...

Unfortunately I still havent fix the stability problem on my computer... My computer able to run stable for 48 hours and then it crashed (cant move mouse and my numlock key led stays solid even you press the num key)...

Anyway... I was wondering if this happening to everybody else... Sometimes when I open my computer, I noticed there are 2 floppy drives (A drive and B drive, and I ONLY HAVE 1 Floppy drive)...

It seems to me it's a driver conflict and it pops up everytime I installed the yukon ethernet driver or AMD cool & quiet driver from the asus CD

Sander Sassen Feb 23, 2005, 11:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Kariage,

As mentioned, reinstall according to the FAQ and DO NOT use Cool 'n Quiet.

Sander Sassen
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Alkemyst Darkened Feb 23, 2005, 11:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Kariage I have only gotten the A/B deal when I didn't disable the floppy drive in the BIOS running my EIDE superdisc.


Kariage Kun Feb 23, 2005, 12:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 02:29pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks Sander and Alkemyst,

I just curious to know which driver or bios setting have that problem...

Just to let you know I set my bios as the FAQ said and with no luck at all fix my stability problem (Able to run on desktop for 48 hours straight; pass that it will freeze)... I'm currently running all my computers for 24/7 and this one have the most problem...

As I stated before my problem is random freezes on desktop (ranged from 2-48 hours after the computer turned on or restarted) and it DOESNT display any errors message or BSOD... it locked the mouse and keyboard... it just LIKE when you overclock your computer a little bit too much with AI-Booster, nTune or clockgen program... Strange enough it only happened when I'm on the desktop (surfing internet, idle and sometimes during installation of a program)... 3D applications are perfect (tested almost 72 hours straight nalu demo with no crash! then when I got back to desktop it freeze after 2 hours idling)

This is my SPEC and BIOS configuration hopefully you can figure out my problem :):

- 500Watt Ultra X-Connect w/ X-Connect 20-24pin converter (Not enough power??? Can this be one of the problem?)
- AMD Athlon 3000+ w/ Thermaltake Silent Boost (30C idle 34C Max load)
- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe w/ 1004.001 beta bios (I'm going to upgrade it to 1004 final or 1005 Beta this evening)
- Asus Geforce 6200
- Asus Wifi WL-130 (Can this be a problem? Because 25% of the crash is when windows detected a wireless connection... Currently removed from my PCI slot and testing my stability without it)
- Corsair TwinX 1024mb C2 (2x 512MB) installed on both Blue Sockets
- Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
- Seagate 80GB Baracudda 7200 RPM S-ATA
- Mitsumi 7-in-1 Memory Card reader Floppy Drive
- NEC 16x DVD RW+/-


BIOS SETTINGS:
Same as FAQ said with exception:

DRAM Configuration:
1T/DDR400/2.5/3/6/3/Auto/Auto

Jumper Free Configuration:
Frequency: 225Mhz (I tried 200Mhz bus and still the same stability result so might as well overclock it a little :))
Multiplier: x9
DDR Voltage: 2.75V
CPU Voltage: Auto
PCI-Express Bus: 100Mhz
PCI Synchronization: 33.33Mhz

Chipset Configuration:
Nvidia LAN: Enabled
Marvel LAN: Enabled (I'm using 2 LAN :) for maximum WAN&LAN performance)
the rest are Disabled

OPERATING SYSTEM:
- Fresh install Windows XP Pro SP2 w/ Windows update to ensure all the latest drivers and updates
- Forceware 66.93 & nForce4 6.39

If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it :)

Adam Miles Feb 23, 2005, 12:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
OK, this time I scanned through, but, anyone had any experience with the new 1005.003 BIOS?

ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/pub/ASUS/mb/socket939/A8N-SLI%20Deluxe/

Kariage Kun Feb 23, 2005, 12:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Adam,

I was wondering if is it just me... I dont see bios 1005.003 on the link above...

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 23, 2005, 12:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 12:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Kariage you sure the card readers aren't showing up as B?

Also in regards to the network card. I have had crashes in the past due to flaky nics and bad settings...fortunately my Siemens card was fine with just a driver update and using Zero Wireless Configurator in Services.msc.



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