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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 27, 2005, 09:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 27, 2005, 11:01pm EST

 
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[quote]what about BFG? i only trust Newegg for online shopping, and PVT45FUD is out of stock.

>>>I told you PVT45FUD would be a good choice, there's none left because everybody wants them. lol
>>>What is your budget?

"IRQ problem! there are a couple of very good suggestions in the forum regarding this issue. I will try and find them. All IRQ errors are not generated by the same problems. When does this happen the most?"
when i went on a website, dont understand it, but now i go, it doesnt have a problem.

>>>I'm bringing you good luck. lol

"I do have a couple of suggestions, I need to go back and check your specs first. I think I will need more info from you though."
i have the WD 740GD on SATA 1, and SONY 720A DVD-RW on IDE master, one more SONY 16X DVD on IDE slave. XP SP2, and i set everything to "upto BIOS ...." average transfering speed from DVD ROM to HD is around 3 mins for 3 G of files....thinking about adding two Hitachi 7k250 for RAID, will it be more effective to add one more WD 740?
what ohter info do you need mike?
thanks!
Simon

SONY 720A DVD-RW on IDE master
SONY 16X DVD on IDE slave

>>>Put SONY 720A DVD-RW on IDE 1 (Blue) MASTER
>>>Put SONY 16X DVD on IDE 2 (Black) MASTER

thinking about adding two Hitachi 7k250 for RAID

>>> Na, stay away from 7,200 RPM

will it be more effective to add one more WD 740?

>>>Yes, definitely it will give you 260 MB/s transfer rate on NVraid 0
This drive combo is faster than many. The more drives you add on the stripe the faster it will be.

PS: By my calculations regarding your DVD RW;
SONY 720A DVD-RW
DVD 16X 22.1 MB/s
CD 48 X 7.2 MB/s

If you say your getting 3 Gigs to the Raptor in 3 Minutes or so.
3 Min = 180 S
22.1 MB/s X 180 S = 3,978 MB/s
or 3.9 Gigs from a DVD

Consider wear and tear, quality of DVD, line loss and other factors.

Hmmm, sounds just about right! You may see a difference putting it on IDE 1 (Blue).

Mike :)

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PJ Feb 27, 2005, 11:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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DUAL MONITOR SUPPORT

I have mentioned early on that there is NO dirver supprt for monitors (dual) especially for DVI monitors, there is a wait of a few weeks to have the fix, its about 6 -8 weeks away.

I found this as well, regarding PSU requirements it goes for all systems not just SLI.
http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp


Custom Computers: http://www.gtwcmt.co.uk/GT%20PERFORMANCE%20COMPUTERS/index.html
Computer maintenance: http://www.gtwcmt.co.uk/Computer_maintenance/index.html
Computer repairs: http://www.gtwcmt.co.uk/Computer-repairs/index.html
Simon Lu Feb 27, 2005, 11:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike:
i dont know what i was thinking, and i cant go back and change my post now,
my DVD RW did 2.4 G in 6 mins, i dont know why i said 3 G in 3 mins......
yes, the DVD RW is on blue slot now as master, and the DVD ROM is on black
slot as master....(maybe settings? DVD RW is Ultra 66, and i set it as 66 in windows)
meanwhile....it just gave me a NVNRM.sys bluescreen.....i think it has something to do with SP2, (jsut praying now for it not to show up... dont want to re-do the entire system and put it on SP1.)
after rebooted from the error, the display driver removed itself from windows display properties......so i had to uninstall it and reinstall it again, and it is working while i am typing the post right now...praying......

Lu

Rob Ciraco Feb 28, 2005, 12:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 28, 2005, 12:01am EST

 
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Want to throw this out @ u guys, should I keep my Hyper Transport Frequency set @ 800 or should I set it @ 1000 (x5)? as recommended in this thread. I don't plan on doing any overclocking so I want to be sure of the optimal setting that my CPU is made for @ stock speeds.

Thanks again and what a graet thread!

Specs

A8N SLI Deluxe w/ 1004 Bios
FX-55 CPU @ stock speeds
1G Corsair TwinX 3200XL Pro (2 x 512's) 2,3,2,5--2.8v--1T
2 Westrn Digital 36G Raptors in RAID 0 on nVidia controller
2 6800 Ultra's in SLI mode
Silverstone Technology Nimiz Black Aluminum Tower
SST-TJ03B w/ side window
PC Power Cooling Turbo 510 Deluxe SLI PSU
Generic CD ROM & Floppy
Win XP Pro w/ SP2

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HT @ 2X or 3 X.

800 is good for you.

I guess you reduced your settings and cleared the Freezing?

Mike :)

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PJ

Bite the bullet, go ahead, you have nothing to lose!

Yes, Yes and Yes to your questions.

Mike :)

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Edited: Feb 28, 2005, 12:46am EST

 
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Simon Lu

I sent you a PM. See you tomorrow.

BIOS>Main>DVD on MASTER IDE 1>enter>PIO>MODE4
UDMA>Disable
Rest on Auto

It should help! Let me know.

Mike :)

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Thanks for the info Mike and the post from Simon....Though I am bielieving that I really have no solution until V1002 is released for the A8NSLI (Standard) and hoping they added the PCI Syncro functionality required...I will have to ponder whether to add the Deluxe BIOS ..It would be great to here from others that have done this and how sucessful it was....So thanks and once again this is a great Forum....

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Edited: Feb 28, 2005, 03:37am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
*Mike Thellend*

Dear Mike,
first of all, let me say I'm terribly sorry for the misunderstanding.
I didn't mean to be ironic at all.
It's only that I live in Italy and, sometimes, I am not able to express myself correctly with a foreign language.
So, if you took any offence, I am really sorry for that.

>>>>>Just to give you an example of what I mean, someone blew a power supply in the forum just the other day and I told him prior to this happening that his UPS/PSU combination was not adequate and that he should upgrade to a 650W APC for his SLI system although the wattage seemed high enough. I build these things, switched mode power supplies, ATX etc...!!! I've built 200 AMP DC Variable Power supplies rated at continuous duty.
I have a diploma in electronics!!! I'm also a Master Electrician specializing in UPS, Emergency Back Up Systems, Generators, PLC Logic, alternative power systems, X10 Technology, Security systems, video surveillance and internet monitoring. I've assembled tons of computers, video servers, networking with 10 + computers with different OS's, hardware/software firewalls etc.. Computers and electronics are my passion, and I'm good at what I do. I have about a 1000 Hrs into the A8N-SLI DLX now, I don't claim to know everything, but I do know a lot. On more than one occasion I've even had people contact me from different countries as a result of this forum and others to ask for assistance over the telephone.

But hey! Don't take any advice from me what do I know! lol

+++++I'm here to get some help, so, I will do what you told me. I was just trying to understand.

>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.
Well, I don't think going back to the previous version is a good idea. Basically, the two releases are almost the same from what I read.

>>>>>What you think and what I think are two different things. Are you not the one looking for help? Do you always believe what you read?
+++++OK, I will try the past release. I will make this experiment before buying the USB PCI card.

>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!
Yes, but I can't find a solution, though...

>>>>>>With the way you answered to my post here, after trying to help you, It will take you awhile to find your solution if you just don't try what I suggested.
+++++Mate, you told me about it when... yesterday? Of course I will give it a try. Otherwise, it would be useless to have this conversation.
I thank you so much for the time you're sharing with me.

>Now, I wonder if it can be an issue related to the beta drivers, but I am not sure about it.
>>Maybe.
Yes, maybe. I'd like to give another release a try, but I've installed Windows XP 6 or 7 times so far and I don't want to do it all over again (in two days!).

>>>>>You don't need to re-install windows every time you change your drivers.
+++++I know, but this system is three days old and I'd like to start with the right foot (I don't know if you use this phrase). But you're right, mate; before installing all the software once again, it's better to see if the different release fixes the issue or not.

>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)
Hmm, would it be better to get an external USB hub, one that is not powered by the PC? The PCI card would still get power from the mainboard.

>>>>>NO on the hub, as you will still be running off the onboard USB system. The PCI card will allow you to have more power for you than the hub, take you off the mainboard USB, and help to see if the onboard USB is the problem. Your power supply is one of the best out there, this is not likely the issue.
+++++Oh, I see. Thank you for the information. I was mistakingly thingking that an external self-powered USB HUB could be the solution, but - now - I see the difference. OK, I'll get the PCI card.

>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.
I don't think the UPS has got a serial port, but there is always the ADSL modem trouble.
That is Defcon 1.
Thank you so much.

>>>>>The ADSL modem trouble can be resolved with the recommendations I gave you.
>>>>>Use a USB to serial converter to get the UPS onto the COM. This will reduce power consumption on the onboard USB. COM 1 is on the motherboard by the way, you have a cable in your mobo box, you will need to install it.
+++++Mate, I said I don't know if the UPS has got a serial port. I know the mainboard has got the serial adapter. I will check that out.
Thank you very much and accept my sincere apologies.
Best regards.

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Thanks for the reply I will leave it @ 800. Mike I did ruduced my timming and it solved the problem Thanks Mike

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*Mike Thellend*

Hello brother,
good news.
I installed the Detonator 66.93 and the problem with the USB modem disappeared.
When I launch a 3D application, the modem does not lose the signal anymore.
I guess the culprit was just the beta release! (You were absolutely right)
Now, I am trying to get a serial cable for the UPS (maybe, APC will be so kind to provide me with a free cable?)
I will keep reading the forums and post my experience with this board.
Thank you very much!

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Many thanks to Mike for his excellent page 16 post. For the first time since building this rig in late December/early January I am FINALLY getting something resembling stability. I am so happy I stumbled upon this site! Thanks again Mike, and to all the others out there working hard to make SLI work!

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An afterthought to my above post, my system specs.

Mobo: A8N-SLI Deluxe
Proc: Athlon64 FX-55 with stock cooling
RAM: 2GB OCZ EL Platinum Rev1
GPU: 2x evga Geforce 6800 Ultra
HDD: 2x WD Raptor 74GB in RAID 0, 2x WD Raptor 36GB in RAID 0
Sound: SB Audigy2 ZS
Optical 1: Pioneer DVR-A06U
Optical 2: Samsung SM352
Case: Thermaltake Xaser III
PSU: Ultra X-Connect 500W
LCD: Samsung 213T
Speakers: Logitech Z-680

The PSU will be replaced with a PCP&C Turbo-Cool 510 SLI as soon as the courier delivers it. I'm changing it based on what I've read here.

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
*Mike Thellend*

Regarding this post:
"Thank you for contacting ASUSTek UK Technical Support Department.

The BIOS for the two boards are written together now, so all changes made to A8N-SLI Deluxe will
also apply onto A8N-SLI, it is just that A8N-SLI Deluxe has been made earlier, thus has higher version
number even if they have the same change. Hope this can help to clearify the question further."

Does this mean that A8N-SLI 1001 BIOS equal to A8N-SLI Deluxe 1004?
Or does it mean that people with a non-deluxe board must update their mainboard with the very same BIOS's?
For example, my Rev. 1.02 A8N-SLI came with BIOS 1001, so, do I need to update it using the A8N-SLI Deluxe 1004 BIOS?
Or, maybe, does my revision 1001 already contain all the features of the A8N-SLI Deluxe 1004 BIOS?
Sorry for the stupid question.
Best regards.

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Giovanni,

Or, maybe, does my revision 1001 already contain all the features of the A8N-SLI Deluxe 1004 BIOS?


The 1004 BIOS has been tested on the A8N-SLI, works, and has more options than the 1001 BIOS.

As you can see though, ASUS did not give very much detail regarding this issue. I have spoken with Simon Lu and he says it works! I trust him on that, he has first hand knowledge. If I had the A8N-SLI, I would have changed it as well. Just remember to use the latest Flash and update softwares

If your system is running fine and you have no reason to adjust frequencies etc..., consider waiting for the next A8N-SLI issue

Sorry for the stupid question

Just because someone isn't as educated as the next person in a particular field, doesn't make ones questions stupid. We all have something were good at, never feel that way here!

Mike :)


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