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Adam Miles Feb 23, 2005, 12:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Whoa, where did it go? I have already downloaded the 1005.003, but given that they just withdrew (it appears), I'm a bit worried about flashing it now.

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Kariage Kun Feb 23, 2005, 01:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 01:20pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Alkemyst

My card readers are E: and F: drive... I'm sure B: drive is just a ghost... and according device manager it says I have 2 floppy drives (in which I actually only have 1 floppy drive) :)

Oh I tried my Asus wi-fi card with and without the bundled software and no luck getting more stable...

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 23, 2005, 01:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Good, E & F is how they should be.

If this setting is:
Boot > Boot Settings Configuration
- Boot up Floppy Seek : Disabled

Then i am not sure why...I have Plug and Play O/S as No on mine however, it's ignored as far as I know regardless of Yes or No with XP

There should be a setting on the main BIOS page for your Floppy type as well, verify that.

Keep in mind these settings do not apply to IDE floppies.

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In regards to the 1005 BIOS getting pulled, if betas cause enough headaches makers will usually pull them to prevent the phone calls. I am sure they are getting nailed with calls regarding user error as it is and those ignoring their approved 'vendor' lists.

I am curious what it offers....no way I am installing it as a guinea pig though...

Kariage Kun Feb 23, 2005, 02:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanks Alkemyst...

I'll try that as soon as I got home from work :)

but... I'm still curious what caused stability problem on my system... I dont even know which piece of the hardware to be RMA actually... it's just like one of those strange and rare problem...

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 23, 2005, 02:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 03:47pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Rob Ciraco,

I am purchasing this RAM as it will allow me to reach FSB's between 300 and 350 MHz. This RAM will outperform Corsair and OCZ on an AMD system. The record for an FX 55 on NForce 4 and cpuz.exe Validator is;

CPU : AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (*1)
CPU PSN : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-55 Processor
CPU EXT : MMX (+) 3DNow! (+) SSE SSE2 x86-64
CPU Cache : L1 : 64/64 KB - L2 : 1024 KB
Core : ClawHammer (0.13) / 0xF7A / SH7-CG
Freq : 3579.75 MHz (325.43 * 11)
----------------------------------
NB : nVidia nForce4 rev A3
SB : nVidia ID50 rev A3
----------------------------------
RAM Size : 512 MB
RAM Freq : 325.4 MHz
RAM Type : DDR-SDRAM Dual Channel
RAM Ratio : CPU/11
RAM Timings : 2.5-4-4-8
----------------------------------
Slot 1 : 256MB (PC4400)
Slot 1 Manufacturer : Gskill
Slot 2 : 256MB (PC4400)
Slot 2 Manufacturer : Gskill

http://www.gskill.com/pc4400-2.5-3-3-7-pc3200-tccd-2-2-2-5-dc.html
G.skill (Samsung TCCD) Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 1GB(512MB x 2) DDR PC-4400, Model F1-3200DSU2-1GBLE - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-2...amp;depa=0


Mike


Dulce Bilog Feb 23, 2005, 02:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>>  Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi,
I was wondering, will I have problems if my video cards (2 - XFX 6800 Ultras) are different country videos (NTSF and PAL)? I didn't notice it until it was too late! I've been having problems with running them in SLI mode. I have an A8N-SLI motherboard, FX-53 processor, WINXP OS,1 Raptor 74GB harddrive. I've tried all the configuring that you suggested in the beginning of this post. I am getting fed up with it. I've even bought another motherboard to try the SLI mode on that. I don't know what to do! Please someone help me! Thanks.

AMD FX53
ASUS SLI MB
2 XFX 6800 ULTRA SLI
2 RAPTORS
WINDOWS XP
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 23, 2005, 02:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 04:30pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Dulce Bilog

Have you posted in the forum before regarding this issue, if so can you direct to your first post?
I have two XFX Ultra's (PVT45FUD) as well, and may be of help to you. BIOS Version (5.40.02.31.03)
Could you tell me, in detail, what your problems are?

EX:BIOS Versions, are they both the same BIOS but one PAL and one NTFS, or are they two different BIOS's with one being NTFS and the other PAL.
Does SLI work at all?
If you said you followed the posts, did you try and update BIOS versions to the same on both cards, and if so what happened?
Where did you see that one was PAL and the other NTFS?
etc...

These kinds of details.

Mike

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 23, 2005, 03:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dulce as you are experiencing you will have problems. Even if the BIOS doesn't match for two of the same format you will have problems with SLI. I am sure matching BIOS and engineering revisions may also cause problems as these mature.....only time will tell.

I would call the manufacturer and see if the only difference is the BIOS....if so you should be able to flash to PAL or NTSC depending on what you want both to be.

Dulce Bilog Feb 23, 2005, 04:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike and Alkemyst,
Thanks for replying quickly. The problems I've been having are when I play a 3d graphic intense game (doom 3 & half life 2) it loads fine in the beginning, a few glitches here and there. But after a minute or two the game just freezes! Not like what other people have described on this post. It doesn't start back again or make and sounds. Sometimes it will freeze and then Blue Screen. Then I would just restart the pc.
Also in the bios it doesn't seem to be reading the voltage correctly for the video cards.(I think it's not reading it right). It's saying 11.6volts or less. It never hits 12 fully. I have a 680 watt Thermaltake PSU. What voltage is it supposed to be on? Thanks again.

AMD FX53
ASUS SLI MB
2 XFX 6800 ULTRA SLI
2 RAPTORS
WINDOWS XP
Dulce Bilog Feb 23, 2005, 04:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike,
No I haven't checked the bios on the video cards. I haven't done it because I don't have a floppy drive. Is there a way of doing this without a floppy?

AMD FX53
ASUS SLI MB
2 XFX 6800 ULTRA SLI
2 RAPTORS
WINDOWS XP
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 23, 2005, 04:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 04:31pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Please read my UPDATED post and provide me your BIOS versions for both cards.

You can extend your monitor, out of SLI mode. Make sure monitors 1 and 2 are highlighed blue, in Display Properties > Geforce 6800 Ultra tab, and in the left hand menu click on each individual Geforce 6800 Ultra links (Geforce 6800 Ultra - Geforce 6800 Ultra (2) to get the BIOS info for each individual card.

Mike

Just got your post.

PS: Your voltage is normal. I have the FX55 and two 74 GIG raptors.

Dulce Bilog Feb 23, 2005, 04:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,
I can't find your post you were talking about, the updated bios post. Also do I need to change the asus chip to single to check the bios versions on the video cards? Or just leave it on dual? Thanks

AMD FX53
ASUS SLI MB
2 XFX 6800 ULTRA SLI
2 RAPTORS
WINDOWS XP
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 23, 2005, 04:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2005, 05:24pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
The first post I answered to regarding your problem.

No leave in card on dual, there is no need to make any hardware changes, you need to get into your DISPLAY PROPERTIES > SETTINGS to do this.

Monitors 1 and 2 must both be highlighted in the gray area in a SLI system and SLI must be OFF, therefore you must check the box (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) and apply. If for any reason you're not seing the taskbar iit's because you made the extended monitor the primary one. When you extend, do not make the extended monitor (2) your primary display, you will then have settings for both video cards in the menu.

You can extend your monitor, out of SLI mode. Make sure monitors 1 and 2 are highlighed blue, in Display Properties > Settings > Geforce 6800 Ultra tab, and in the left hand menu click on each individual Geforce 6800 Ultra links (Geforce 6800 Ultra - Geforce 6800 Ultra (2) to get the BIOS info for each individual card.

So basically, when you go to display properties > settings there should be monitor 1 and monitor 2 highlighted blue (active) once this is accomplished you will have settings and BIOS info for both video cards in the left hand menu (white) when you click on the Geforce 6800 Ultra tab (one of six tabs).

I have an emergency electrical job to do, I will resume with you in couple of hours or so.

PS: I really hope you get your info as we need it to proceed.


UPDATED I forgot SETTINGS in DISPLAY PROPERTIES sorry!
Mike

Wes Hetrick Feb 23, 2005, 04:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have solved my first problem by using my DVD rom to load the windows CD for some reason my CDRW drive doesnt like the windows cd.

I still cant get the system to recognize my Maxtor hard drive. Is anyone else using this board with a Maxtor SATA hard drive? At this point I may just use the silicon image ports to get it up and running and deal with fixing the problem later.

Roger Webster Feb 23, 2005, 05:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

I don't see anything like the 1 gig-per-stick Corsair I currently use available from G.Skill. I thought there was some issue with aggressive timings and filling all four slots (but after hundreds of posts on this topic, I'm beginning to lose track :-) ). Are you going with 1 gig total? Or do you believe the new memory will get you better timings and 2 gig? Just curious, as my system is (was, anyway, before you went cryo) similar to yours.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 23, 2005, 05:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes to both, you will get better timings as the RAM has lower latencies than the other brands for PC4400 right off the bat. I would not go higher than 1GIG two slots 2x512 as you will have to increase latency settings, already higher not using two sticks of 256 MB's, but 512 is not enough RAM for me. If you click on the link for the cpuz.exe current champ, he's running the G.Skill and look at his settings in cryo.

I will return, I must go.

Mike

sdfsdfsdf sdfsdfsdfds Feb 23, 2005, 06:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
i have several problems concerning my new system:
Athlon 3500+ (Winchester core)
1 GB RAM (2x 512 MB CL 2.5 single-sided by MDT)
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
200 GB Maxtor Drive
Plextor 12x DVD+RW
and two times: XFX 6800GT (256 MB)

The PSU is a Sharkoon Silentstorm 480W (2x 12V lines with 18A each) and was tested to be compliant with SLI (2x 6800GT Ultra) on the Asus board.

Problem #1: can't install Windows XP (SP1 included) properly
Description: during setup i get 2 "can not copy file" errors, the files are "lic..." (i forgot the full name, it was 6 letters) and "iexplore" (upps). Problem occurs with 2 different install CDs (originals) as well as when i run XP setup from a previously installed Windows 2000 (SP4). I have not tried installing XP with SP2 integrated yet. I can abort the messages and windows initially seems to be fine, but several system services do not run so i run into lots of problems, eg no network connections and of course, IE won't work as well as SP2 setup (quits with a message "error initialising wbgupd.dll" or similar).

Problem #2: single GPU works fine but SLI mode freezes the system on any application startup
Description: I have reverted back to Windows 2000 for now, installed SP4 and the latest 6.39 nforce drivers. I also set the bios settings like in the beginning of the FAQ, although most of the time is set everything to "Auto" and i don't understand why i should disable the PEG Link mode. With the 66.93 driver installed and SLI mode enabled almost any application crashes. A double-click on 3d Mark (any version) or Doom 3 demo will lock the system up immediately. Same when i go to the Nvidia drivers Tab in display properties or even when i open the "Software" control panel!

I have a Watt measure device (don't know the proper word). Without SLI enabled and while running any 3D game i get a max consumption of about 210 Watts, usually it is below that. If i provoke said lockup as described above, the system consumes 215 Watts even after the lockup. I would like to switch the PSU just for testing, i have another 350W PSU with 24A on +12V but it only has a 20-pin connector, is it save to plug it into the board which has a 24-pin connector?


Problem #3: SLI mode only detected with 66.93 driver version
I can only get the nvidia drivers 66.93 to detect SLI mode, version 67.66 and 71.81 (some beta i snatched from the net) won't even detect SLI. However, they do work fine with dual-monitoring, so the 2nd 6800GT shouldn't be the problem.


Problem #4: enabling SLI pops up a message "SLI will work just fine but for improved rendering performance a SLI connector must be connected" (not word by word). The connector is attached. I have removed and reapplied it with no difference.


Things i tried so far:
switch power supply cords from graphics cards (one is attached via PCIe power connector, the other one is fed with the standard 12V plug).
updated BIOS to latest non-beta version 1004
removed gfx drivers before installing new ones
turn off all potentially troublesome BIOS settings, like disabling unused devices, disabling Cool&Quiet, setting overclock settings to standard or manual to make sure system is not overclocked
run 3d mark benchmarks and doom3 demo in single gpu mode (no lockups/crashes)
run memtestx86 for 90 minutes (no errors)
lots more ...

Things i didn't try:
switch PSU
switch Gfx card slots (both work fine just not together as it seems)
install windows xp with integrated SP2
go to sleep and try again tomorrow (will do so now)


Any recommendations on what i should try next? Anyone else had similar problems?

sdfsdfsdf sdfsdfsdfds Feb 23, 2005, 06:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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as to problem #4 i wanted to know if this message indicates an incorrect setup, or if it is just a badly translated informative message? Is there a way to confirm the proper connection of the 2 cards via the SLI connector?

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Where was that sharkoon psu certified for dual 6800GTs?

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The PSU is a Sharkoon Silentstorm 480W (2x 12V lines with 18A each) and was tested to be compliant with SLI (2x 6800GT Ultra) on the Asus board.

>This power supply is adequate.

Problem #1:
>Problem occurs with 2 different install CDs (originals). Original as in, one original copied to another CD-R making that an original or two true originals?

>Try another CD or DVD ROM device if possible!

>With an install like above you can expect errors below.

Problem #2:

and i don't understand why i should disable the PEG Link mode
>mine is on and works fine.

I have a Watt measure device (don't know the proper word).
>Ammeter, Wattmeter.

i have another 350W PSU with 24A on +12V but it only has a 20-pin connector, is it save to plug it into the board which has a 24-pin connector?
>Yes, it fits in one way, don't force it. The bottom four will be free, so the connector will fit in the uppermost region in a vertical tower. A temporary fix though, a 24 Pin is recommended.

Problem #3: SLI mode only detected with 66.93 driver version
>Continue using this driver in your quest for a stable system, as it's an approved WQ and FM, then move to other drivers if you want.

Problem #4: enabling SLI pops up a message "SLI will work just fine but for improved rendering performance a SLI connector must be connected" (not word by word). The connector is attached. I have removed and reapplied it with no difference.

> Once you get the system stable and the OS fully operational it should clear this message. If not, come back and let me know, it happened to me.

Things i tried so far:
switch power supply cords from graphics cards (one is attached via PCIe power connector, the other one is fed with the standard 12V plug).
updated BIOS to latest non-beta version 1004
removed gfx drivers before installing new ones
turn off all potentially troublesome BIOS settings, like disabling unused devices, disabling Cool&Quiet, setting overclock settings to standard or manual to make sure system is not overclocked
run 3d mark benchmarks and doom3 demo in single gpu mode (no lockups/crashes)
run memtestx86 for 90 minutes (no errors)
lots more ...

>Once you get the system stable and the OS fully operational go to page 16 and find the long post regarding improving your video card(s) and system performance, it works!

Things i didn't try:
switch PSU
switch Gfx card slots (both work fine just not together as it seems)
install windows xp with integrated SP2
go to sleep and try again tomorrow (will do so now)

>I'm on SP1 works fine!

Any recommendations on what i should try next? Anyone else had similar problems?
>The above are my recommendations. I had all the problems you mentioned and fixed them all!

Mike


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