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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 04:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 08:57pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clay Tay

After taking out the NVraid driver floppy did you have your motherboard CD in before you installed Disk 4 again?
The system will require drivers to be present twice not once.
Not sure if it will pick-up from CD at that point but try anyway.

See if there is enough space left to put the NVRaid drivers on disk 4 don't overide any files if there is space.

Last thing, go to Bart's site http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/ to learn how to create a bootable XP CD with SP2 slipstreamed , and make sure the NVraid floppy stays in from F6 to windows install starts.

Just a few suggestions!

Mike

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Greg Giles Feb 26, 2005, 04:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok thanks Mike, I think it set my memory too high because this time instead of just locking up it went to the blue screen and rebooted. I dropped the memory down some and checking it now. Hopefully that will fix it.

Clay Tay Feb 26, 2005, 04:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike, thanks for your recommendation. I manually squeezed couple files (nvraid.sys and NvAtaBus.sys) to disk 4 but didn't help. I had the XP Pro cd in the CD-ROM instead of the ASUS cd. I wasn't sure if that will help and I will probably give it a try too. Will let you know if it works or not.

But to understand this XP install better, I want to know where it copied the files to from my supplied driver floppy and why couldn't it locate it later on?? If I have a bootable XP Pro cd, do you think this problem will all go away?? Last but not least, do you recommend other ways to work around this driver issue? My understanding is that if I install the OS on a non-raid drive, there is no way to convert it to RAID 0 as a bootable disk, right?

Thanks indeed!

Clay

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike,

> I really don't know why three posts came up. The site has been temperamental since 3:00 AM this morning. I will use those posts up, as I cannot delete them.

Our ISP had packetloss on the network due to a client on the same switch we're on suffered from a DDOS attack, hence this caused these, should be all fixed now. I'll remove the empty posts.

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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 05:09pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike, thanks for your recommendation. I manually squeezed couple files (nvraid.sys and NvAtaBus.sys) to disk 4 but didn't help

Remove disk 4 at the promt to insert your NVraid floppy and reinsert. Press enter.

But to understand this XP install better, I want to know where it copied the files to from my supplied driver floppy and why couldn't it locate it later on?? If I have a bootable XP Pro cd, do you think this problem will all go away?? Last but not least, do you recommend other ways to work around this driver issue? My understanding is that if I install the OS on a non-raid drive, there is no way to convert it to RAID 0 as a bootable disk, right?


I have a bootable XP Pro cd, do you think this problem will all go away??
Yes, good possibily. Keep the NVraid floppy in the drive.
Try disabling NVRaid Master 1-2 and use 3-4 instead. You can always switch the cables after.
This can help with RAM trouble (booting and not seing channel B1 as well.)

My understanding is that if I install the OS on a non-raid drive, there is no way to convert it to RAID 0 as a bootable disk, right?
Correct. There is no reason for you not be able to get the OS on the RAID. This is fixable!

I want to know where it copied the files to from my supplied driver floppy and why couldn't it locate it later on??
Your formated RAID0 drives. Because your dealing with windows. lol.
During an install from a bootable XP cd you will have to press F6 to install RAID Drivers. Windows will continue to load files, then you get the prompt to install RAID drivers. When it does the install of the drivers you chose you will notice that if you keep your floppy in, windows will once again load other files from the floppy.

I think I saw something in the forum regarding this issue. Did you perform a search?

Mike

Ilya Voloshin Feb 26, 2005, 04:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Well I've been putting together my new machine this weekend and everything was going fine until today I started getting randmon crashes with the following blue screen:

DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL caused in http.sys

I'm attempting to uninstall all nvidia drivers and reinstall withOUT nvidia firewall (that's what I'm suspecting)... I might even put in a PCI 10/100 card in there and completly disable the onboard nic card.

If anyone else had this problem and can tall me what the solution might be, I'd appreciate it.

By the way, I ran about 30 min of ramtest86 and no errors there..

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 04:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander Sassen

Thanks, for a minute there I though it was my ISP.

Mike

Greg Giles Feb 26, 2005, 04:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 05:08pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok I have to post this, I am very excited lol. I have been working with this comp and Mike for a while now and I finally got my 3DMark05 score above 10k, My score is not 10041!!

Comp specs are

A8N-SLI Deluxe (1004 bios)
AMD 64 3500+ (No OC)
2x Geforce 6800GT (I did Mikes walkthrough on page 16)
1GB Kingston PC3200 400Mhz
200 GB WD SATA HD
Thermaltake Tusani Dream Case
Artic Cooling for GPUs and CPU
I used chipset drivers 6.39
Forceware 75.90

If you guys will follow Mikes walkthrough you will up your score alot. My factory score was 8922.

EDIT: My GPU are 410/1.11. I see some people with higher setting than that for their 6800GT, like 450s/1.12/3 and the like. Do you guys just do that manually or are you using the Detect Optimal Frequencies? My GPU temps are around 63C and CPU is around 34C, MB is 35C. That seem high for the MB?

EDIT AGAIN: Also when I go to NVPerformance and do the Benchmark Graphics performance I only score a 362 or so. I have had that up higher before but I cant seem to get it back. If I can get it back higher I bet I can up my 3Dmark05 score even more.

Clay Tay Feb 26, 2005, 05:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
> Remove disk 4 at the promt to insert your NVraid floppy and reinsert. Press enter.

I am not sure if I was allowed to do anything else. Here's the sequence of the install.

- Booted from Disk 1 of XP Pro boot disk
- Pressed [F6] to request manual install on the RAID driver
- Continue to read Disk 2 to 4
- In the middle of Disk 4, the screen prompted me to press S for the RAID driver
- Supplied RAID floppy and chose the 2 drivers
- Pressed Enter when finished and it asked for Disk 4 again
- After about 1 minute, it returned the NVRAID.SYS not found message

Has anyone tried to install using the 6 boot disks before? I will proceed to try the slipstream cd in the next day or so. Thank you!!

Clay

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 05:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It was worth the try!

I want to know where it copied the files to from my supplied driver floppy and why couldn't it locate it later on??
Your formated RAID0 drives. Because your dealing with windows. lol.
During an install from a bootable XP cd you will have to press F6 to install RAID Drivers. Windows will continue to load files, then you get the prompt to install RAID drivers. When it does the install of the drivers you chose you will notice that if you keep your floppy in, windows will once again load other files from the floppy.

Mike



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Different subject. Since I got this system I takes forever to install something from a DVD or CD, like my drive reads really slow. It use to be really fast with other system but this one takes forever and sometimes it wont even install stuff from a DVD, anyone else having this problem and if so anyway to fix it? When I go to install my games now it takes so long.

Remco Brouwer Feb 26, 2005, 05:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike, thanks for replying.

No it does not happen in 3dmark 2005.
i tried all diffrent drivers, does not fix my problem.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 05:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 05:32pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
My GPU are 410/1.11. I see some people with higher setting than that for their 6800GT, like 450s/1.12/3 and the like. Do you guys just do that manually or are you using the Detect Optimal Frequencies? My GPU temps are around 63C and CPU is around 34C, MB is 35C. That seem high for the MB?

EDIT AGAIN: Also when I go to NVPerformance and do the Benchmark Graphics performance I only score a 362 or so. I have had that up higher before but I cant seem to get it back. If I can get it back higher I bet I can up my 3Dmark05 score even more.


My GPU are 410/1.11. I see some people with higher setting than that for their 6800GT, like 450s/1.12/3 and the like.
You will achieve this with watercooling like my system.

Put the http:// in front of this address in your browser;
ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/thellendfamily@rogers.com/album?.dir=dbb5&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/thellendfamily@rogers.com/my_photos

Look at this image:
IM002020

Stick with Detect Optimal Frequencies, back down or go up as needed.

My GPU temps are around 63C and CPU is around 34C, MB is 35C. That seem high for the MB?
Consider water cooling and better ventilation to bring your new overclocked non stock machine up to par. Overclocking means more heat!!!

Also when I go to NVPerformance and do the Benchmark Graphics performance I only score a 362 or so.
This will go back with watercooling. As you were having trouble with stability, you ended up reducing your GPU and Memory Cores from the initial tune-up. Your bandwidth is proportional to this reduction.

Mike ;)






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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Remco Brouwer

Use 66.93 to callibrate your system!!!

Is your VSync - On

Mike

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 05:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 07:11pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Different subject. Since I got this system I takes forever to install something from a DVD or CD, like my drive reads really slow. It use to be really fast with other system but this one takes forever and sometimes it wont even install stuff from a DVD, anyone else having this problem and if so anyway to fix it? When I go to install my games now it takes so long.


Try putting your DVD in IDE 1(blue), set DVD to MASTER with jumper. If you have OS on a RAID or SATA drive.

Mike

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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 09:27am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clay

Please try this to clear your Nvraid.sys error during install.

In your BIOS turn on SILRaid and NVRaid, use the NVRaid though.

If you don't use the bootable CD;
An alternative to the 6 floppy Setup disk set is to use the 1 floppy XP Install Disk from here http://www.bootdisk.com . Boot with it and then run WINNT.EXE from the \i386 directory of your XP CD or your setup files location.

From your other computer:
Go to the (CD or DVD drive) and explore the motherboard cd, and with a formatted floppy in A go to D:\Drivers\Sil3114\Disk and copy the files to A (SIL 225KB) .
Then go to D:\Drivers\Chipset\WINXP_2K\Driver_Disk and copy the files to A (NVraid 698 KB)
On the new system:
When prompted during windows install (even if you're not using the SIL) install all the drivers from the one floppy, proceed to install windows to see if it clears your fault.

If that doesn't work!
Try swapping connectors 1-2 to 3-4 on the NVRaid.
Then try to install windows on the SIL system.

I know I'm asking a lot but as I said, it's in the name of science. lol

Please keep an inventory of what happens!

Mike :)

Greg Giles Feb 26, 2005, 05:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the replies Mike, Ill go check on WC and see what I can find that will fit my case well. I dont have raid, just 1 SATA HD is all.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 05:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 07:32pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Install your DVD on IDE 1 as I mentioned in previous post. It will still work since your on SATA.

I can only get 450/1.2 GPU/Memory Core MHz stable with my EXOS Water-cooling system. I use a 7 Cubic foot freezer to chill windshield washer fluid and a submersible 350GPH (no heat) pump to bypass the EXOS when I overclock on 3DMARK 05. This system gives me 30-50 MHZ on the GPU core and a full 1.3 on the Memory core above the EXOS (temporary till I get my 2 prometia's and custom build for GPU's). There are things that need to be done to run a system like this as you will have trouble with windows and SLI readings. Figure it out, I did!

Don't say I didn't let you in on some of my secrets!

Mike :)

Remco Brouwer Feb 26, 2005, 06:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
no my v sync is not on.....
what do you mean with calibrate?
i tried this driver you said, its the official one....doesnt help
my resolution is 1280*1024@85hrz

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 06:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 06:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Remco Brouwer

What I mean by calibrate is this.

Use the 66.93 as it is an approved WQ + FM driver, and is stable when tuning or trying to find answers to problems, as other drivers may give false pretences.

I too play FarCry, DOOM3, HalfLife, and others on a 57" LG with full widscreen view. I can also get GPU load balancing to show up on this DVI projection TV. Try to get SLI to work on a TV like that to begin with?
Type http:// in front of this address in your browser
ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/thellendfamily@rogers.com/my_photos
Album titled Big Screen

I am giving you the tools to work with, to help find your problem. Do as you wish!!!

PS: Did you try this driver and turn VSync - ON to get the results? It may fix the problem you have, you did come to this forum for help right?.

Mike



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