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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 26, 2005, 06:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander,

Great time and place for an Intel Advert! lol

Mike :)

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Remco Brouwer Feb 26, 2005, 07:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Thanx mike, i will try it...

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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 10:33pm EST

 
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Anyone know of a good water cooling kit that would work with SLI (ie 2 GPU and a CPU connector) that I can just add on to my existing case? It is a Thermaltake Tsunami Dream. Thanks for any advice.

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Edited: Feb 26, 2005, 09:10pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Greg Giles

The EXOS I have is just velcro'd to the case. It is a seperate system and comes in an aluminum finish like your case. The GPU and chipset coolers I have are excellent, you can get a matching CPU cooler. All Koolance products.

http://www.koolance.com

Type http:// in front of this address in your browser
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My GPU coolers free'd up one PCI slot as they are not bulky like with fans. They also cover your RAM unlike other GPU cooler kits that use heatsinks. These were good things! If you do buy this system or just the GPU coolers, make sure that you put a piece of duct tape on the 4 screws holding the unit down on the video card. The screw heads will be close to your adjacent PCI card, but ok, just a precautionary step.

PS: No I don't work for them, it's just a damn good product!

Mike

Rory Witham Feb 26, 2005, 09:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Recommended PSU LIST

I was hunting about looking for a good PSU this includes details on PCi express PSUs yada yada, Its quite techincal info BTW but they go special load testing.


http://www.silentpcreview.com/article28-page1.html

This should help and should be on a few people favorites lists??



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Clay Tay Feb 27, 2005, 02:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

FYI, I was finally able to install the XP Pro using the RAID driver floppy. I went through the trouble of creating the slipstream bootable CD and it worked like a charm. Previously I was hoping to avoid doing that thinking my Windows Boot Disks strategy has been working for me in the past. Well lesson learned. You guys have been wonderful and provided so much valuable information. I have never built a machine myself before and at times I thought this is wasting much more time than I bargained for with the latest and the greatest technologies but I think it's totally worth it.

My next task is to stablize my machine and make sure all the cables are hooked up correctly and then do the benchmarking and fine tuning. I am sure I'll need your guys help too, but I'll try my best to read all the postings before I waste the posting space here. Hats off to you guys!

Clay

Terry Olaes Feb 27, 2005, 04:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This is a wonderful resource! Thanks for taking the time and effort to create it for us.

My issue is in regards to DualView.

I've got an XFX6800GT in single-card mode on my A8N-SLI and cannot get DualView to stay active. I see it as an option but when I enable it, I see my secondary monitor go active for a moment (1 or 2 secs - not enough time for the CRT to warm up) but then drop back into energy-saving mode (i.e. the status LED goes back to amber/orange). The monitor works because I have it connected to another PC via KVM switch and it works perfectly. It's bizarre.

I've got an AMD A64 3000 90nm cpu, A8N-SLI DLX mobo, 1024 MB OCZ Platinum DDR400, Antec Neopower 480, WD Raptor 74GB boot drive, Maxtor 300GB SATA storage, 2 x 160GB Maxtor EIDE storage (non-RAID), XFX 6800GT PCI-X, Audigy 2 Platinum, Pioneer slot-load DVD-ROM, NEC 3520A dual-layer DVD burner. I'm running 6.39 and 71.81.

I'm addicted to having a dual-head desktop so I hope someone can help me here. Thanks for the help!

harry kiris Feb 27, 2005, 05:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Potential byer of a mobo.
So,is bying A8N SLI DELUXE a good choice???

avalance Feb 27, 2005, 08:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i am considering to buy the Asus A8N-SLI/DLX mboard with the amd 64 3800+. I already have a 1GB pc2100 ram. will there be a huge difference if i use 2gb at pc2100 and 2gb at pc 3200?
Also because my old graphics card is an agp (not supported by the asus mboard) im thinking of getting the asus EAX700PRO. will that be a good combination or will i end up with sloppy display? and finally because i have read about some probs with that mboard do you advise me on buying it or should i look for another one?

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 27, 2005, 09:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 09:29am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Clay Tay

Well, I'm glad to hear that Bart's method of sliptreaming SP2, and creating a bootable XP cd, worked to clear your nvraid.sys error during install. http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/ . I found this site a way back and I've created many different boot disks from there, a very reliable source I must say, great stuff!
This recommendation worked for you, but it may not work for the next person, so my post at the top of this page will be there for them.

Mike :)

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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 10:06am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Terry,

In the SLI section of BIOS go to Normal mode.

1- Open your display properties, and click settings.
Single Card 1 or 2 monitors;
At this point you will have your numbered display monitors 1 and 2 in the gray area.
If you have dual monitors on one card, extended Windows desktop (monitor2) by clicking on monitor 2 and checking the box (Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor) and applying your settings. You should now have monitor (1) and the other monitor (2) highlighted in the gray area.

If it does it again, remove the monitor, follow the steps above, reboot, and connect your monitor when windows loads.

Mike


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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 12:49pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Harry and Stefanos

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This is a choice you will need to make on your own, after reading posts in this forum, are you willing to go through what most people did? You may very well come up with errors and problems buying this mobo. Even if you have the same parts as someone else, it doesn't mean it will work the same for you.
Everybody has something a little different in their computer systems, just like a strand of DNA.

Do some more soul searching on this subject before you make a firm descision.

PS: If you do buy it at least you know this forum will be here for you!
Don't use over 1 GIG of RAM on this board, you will suffer in performance!

Mike :)

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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 10:36am EST

 
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Hello guys,
I wonder if it's that time of the year again...
I mean that time when I switch to a different system and new problems arise.

OK, listen carefully, because this is really weird.
I have an Asus A8N-SLI with 2 geForce 6600GT running in SLI mode.
I have installed the following drivers: Forceware 6.39 for the mainboard and Detonator 67.66 for the graphics cards (the beta ones, which are the only available solution at the moment, right?).
If I keep the 2 GPU's enabled, everytime I run a 3D application (benchmark, game, etc.), I guess the CPU load is so high that my system is not able to use the USB ports correctly.
I say this because, for example, the USB ADSL modem loses its sync with the line and the UPS management program is not able to communicate with my APC UPS anymore.
That happens only when the program is being launched, because after a little while the situation comes back to normality.

If I disable the SLI function and use only one video card, everything works just fine and all of the above does not happen.

Now, I wonder if it can be an issue related to the beta drivers, but I am not sure about it.
Does anyone have weird problems when the SLI function is enabled?
I forgot to mention the system is perfectly stable when running in SLI mode; the only problems I get are with the USB ports, even if my USB Intellimouse keeps functioning when the problem shows up.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Best regards.

My system:
- Asus A8N-SLI;
- Athlon64 3500+ Winchester;
- 2 x Asus Extreme N6600GT;
- 2 x Kingston 512MB DDR400 Value RAM;
- Thermaltake Silent Purepower 560W;
- Pioneer DVD player;
- LG DVD writer;
- 2 x Maxtor ATA133 120GB HDD;
- USB ADSL modem (PPPoATM);
- APC Back-UPS RS 1500.

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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 01:06pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Giovanni Miceli

APC UPS and CPU Specs please!

WIth an 850W UPS I guess I can rule out power capabilities for your PSU!

Are you overclocked in any way, video cards or CPU?
What is your CPU voltage, mobo, video and CPU temps?

Detonator 67.66 for the graphics cards (the beta ones, which are the only available solution at the moment, right?).
>I would use 66.93 to resolve your problems first.

If I keep the 2 GPU's enabled, everytime I run a 3D application (benchmark, game, etc.), I guess the CPU load is so high that my system is not able to use the USB ports correctly.
I say this because, for example, the USB ADSL modem loses its sync with the line and the UPS management program is not able to communicate with my APC UPS anymore.
That happens only when the program is being launched, because after a little while the situation comes back to normality.
>We will get to the bottom of this.

If I disable the SLI function and use only one video card, everything works just fine and all of the above does not happen.
>Good sign!

Now, I wonder if it can be an issue related to the beta drivers, but I am not sure about it.
>Maybe.

Does anyone have weird problems when the SLI function is enabled?
>Almost everybody.

I forgot to mention the system is perfectly stable when running in SLI mode; the only problems I get are with the USB ports, even if my USB Intellimouse keeps functioning when the problem shows up.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>Your intellimouse uses little current, this would explain why it still works when your problem arises.

PS: I would recommend that you try a 4 port PCI USB 2.0 card and plug your devices on it, to see if it clears your onboard USB problem. ($20 or less)
At least convert your USB to COM port (or use COM1 if UPS has it) for the APC UPS to get it off the USB system as I feel it could be the culprit.
You can also completely remove the UPS system and connect your computer directly to the wall outlet, if this helps your USB though it still won't be a fix for you.

Still awaiting your answer for the questions above.

Mike :)

blade0r Feb 27, 2005, 10:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello Mike,
I've updated my original post with the information you asked me (sorry).
Anyway, my biggest concern is the ADSL USB modem, because - due to the fact it loses the ADSL sync when I run the system into SLI mode - I can't play online using both video cards.
If I launched the game with SLI turned on, I'd instantly lose the connection.
Dammit.

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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 01:05pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Giovanni Miceli

Please visit my previous post and look at my recommendations at the bottom. Try the UPS COM1 idea before we go any further. You can also completely remove the UPS system and connect your computer directly to the wall outlet, if this helps your USB though, it still won't be a fix for you.

Are you overclocked in any way, video cards or CPU?
What is your CPU voltage, mobo, video and CPU temps?

Mike :)

minuit g Feb 27, 2005, 11:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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a small note on a8n-sli installation issue with bios freezing at start up.
symptom: system appears to boot normally and then around the drive
recongnition time, hangs. clearing bios (battery, reset pin) makes the
system reboot past the drive point but of course the settings are lost.
what it was: the fan connector for cha2_fan is very close to that of cpu_fan
i had mistakingly put the cpu fan connector back onto cha2_fan
when setting the bios boot to enable the q-fan controller it hangs.
solution: put the cpu fan / connector onto the right connector and make
sure it has a speed sensor. by the way i'm happily using a zalman cu/al fan
that i had gotten for my older a7n8x-dx, and with some thermal paste
it bolted right in to the a8n-sli board, no need to add adaptors or anything.
mike

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minuit g

I'm glad to hear you resolved your problem!

I don't believe we've met in the forum before, thanks for posting your situation it could be helpful to others.

Mike :)

Bill Drehoff Feb 27, 2005, 12:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey fellas
a8n-sli Deluxe
amd643500 winchester
Corsair pc3200 2x512 in dual channel
2xwinfast px6600gt
antec truepower 430watt
wd raptor 74
Mike just was wondering is there a surefire way to tell if my system is running in sli,I have it enabled in nvidia display settings in performance settings and in sli settings.I recieved your post about benchmark of 7000 for cards in sli the mos i can get is around 6300 using methods in pg16.so I am really wondering if I am in sli mode.When I goto sli in my bios and goto the auto/enable/disable my system hangs so its got me wondering anybody else have this problem.


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