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Robert louis Mar 01, 2005, 07:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 01, 2005, 08:06pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
hi mike

ok i have 1 drive right now
if i get another drive do you think its best if i reformat and setup everything again
or how does RAID work will it just work slraight away?

** im a old school computer user, since the days of 386
with over 10+ years of experience all this SLI,, SATA, raid etc
i havn't been up to date (i am a newbie again lol well with those stuff i am)
from the year 2001 to 2004 i just didn't have time to read or keep up or buy new hardware to play with :)
3 years i missed - please update me with that if you can :P (maybe in a pm not in here)

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 01, 2005, 07:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 01, 2005, 08:25pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Create NVraid driver floppy from your cd first.
Set drives on NVraid SATA 1 SATA 2.on motherboard
Enable NVRaid in bios
Enable SATA Master 1 -2 in the same place Save and reboot.
F10 during reboot and Stripe in NVraid there..
Install windows, F6 to install NVRaid drivers (both)
full format NTFS

Have fun!

Mike :)

Robert louis Mar 01, 2005, 08:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
You have no choice but to reformat my friend. Set on NVraid SATA 1 SATA 2.Enable NVRaid in bios Enable SATA Master 1 -2, Create RAID or. F10 and Stripe.

Create NVraid driver floppy from your cd first. Install windows, F6 to install NVRaid drivers. full format Have fun

Mike

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ok nps, format away

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 01, 2005, 08:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 01, 2005, 08:46pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Simon Lu

Jamie took a bat to his motherboard today.

Are you taking a bat to your RAM? lol

I didn't mean to bust your bubble bud, I took it pretty hard too, having the same RAM and 2 Gigs at $800 CAD. More RAM just isn't better on this board, especially two 1 GIG matched sticks, oh yeah great for bandwidth but Latency sucks. I need PC4400 500 DDR, low RAM MB's, and lower Latencies for benchmarks. 2 X 256 will be killer on this unit, no, G.S killer.

Mike :)


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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
just let me know how it goes with Gskill, you have 4x 256? for my understanding, this board is not good with 2 g right? correct me if i am wrong,
Lu

Otis McGhee Mar 01, 2005, 08:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hello all. Was wondering will any regular old pci card work just to get my pc booted? I got the dreaded 1 long beep 2 beep which I was told was a vga problem. My pci card I am trying to use is a PG 64 PCI S3 trio64 GACC2. Also, im to understand, once you get these beeps the pc wont continue to boot? Also I didnt hear any bios voice as read in the manual. Thanks alot for the help guys, great thread. Im a lil scared youre gonna say this card will work fine though :( More problems, bring em on!

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Quick Question

Anyone had any problems with the onboard sound on the motherboard and is it any good?

Plus is anyone using Raid 0+1 ? and having a good time with it

Thanks

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 01, 2005, 09:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Family FAQ
Simon Lu

You got it, when it comes to RAM timings you can do better on an Intel than an AMD system.
2 Gigs on this board, even worse! Two thumbs down from Mike Thellend.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 01, 2005, 09:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 01, 2005, 10:21pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Chris McGee

all. Was wondering will any regular old pci card work just to get my pc booted? I got the dreaded 1 long beep 2 beep which I was told was a vga problem. My pci card I am trying to use is a PG 64 PCI S3 trio64 GACC2. Also, im to understand, once you get these beeps the pc wont continue to boot? Also I didnt hear any bios voice as read in the manual. Thanks alot for the help guys, great thread. Im a lil scared youre gonna say this card will work fine though More problems, bring em on!

Was wondering will any regular old pci card work just to get my pc booted?

>>>Wont hurt to try, by the way that sucker must have cob webbs on it, I cant even find it on the net. lol
Remove your good card first (well somewhat good), and remove the SLI EZ Selector card, the bigger one, just to avoid any hassles on boot. Personally I give it 50% it will work.

Also, im to understand, once you get these beeps the pc wont continue to boot?

>>>Depends on what error, but VGA yes it wont.

Also I didnt hear any bios voice as read in the manual

>>>I think you need external speakers to hear that sexy voice, drivers need to be installed first, but don't quote me on this speaker thing? Hey, if it boots it boots, you need to see.

Thanks alot for the help guys, great thread. Im a lil scared youre gonna say this card will work fine though More problems, bring em on!

>>>Oh, don't worry you'll get some. lol

No garantee this will work, but at this point what the heck.

Mike :)

I don't think anyone put that exact card in before, or if anyone tried it at all. Been here since page ten.




asylum asylum Mar 01, 2005, 09:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Install

Should I install and enable all the software on the ASUS CD like quite and cool etc or should I leave some stuff well alone ?

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Edited: Mar 01, 2005, 10:33pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Chris McGee

Your absolutly sure RAM is in the right place and everything with power is a go? Go in BIOS to

Advanced look for PCIPnP>Initial display first {PCI SLot} Not PCIEX after, if you get to the BIOS. Should be default to this anyway.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 01, 2005, 10:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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asylum asylum

Don't need cool and quiet to work.

Software is your choice, but drivers aren't

Mike :)

Simon Lu Mar 01, 2005, 10:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mike:
trying to tune my video card and mem with Ntune here, got my GPU to 568/1180, stock 550/1100
scored 322 in ntune benchmark, DOOM 3 is running well too, but 3D MARK 05 has video corruption,
i dont know if it the nature of 3D mark 05 or anything else. it seems like i have to reload the profile all the time, is there anyway that it will load profile itself when i boot? or i have to load it myself before i run doom or benchmark?
Lu

Otis McGhee Mar 01, 2005, 11:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike. Thanks for the quick reply. Currently im still selling off my old stuff to buy a gt6600. I read this forum a week ago and thought id get an early start on bugs by throwing in a pci board. It wont let me get as far as the BIOS so I cant change a thing anyhow. I went ahead and took that pci card and installed it in my current system with and without the agp card and it wouldnt boot, no beeps or anything. I removed the card and it fired right up. So I think my prob is the crap pci card :( Guess Ill either wait or hit the 15 dollar shipping auctions on ebay. By the way I am using kingston 256 PC3200 in both blue slots. Hope to get another 512 soon after I get it all going stable.

Thanks again

Otis

Simon Lu Mar 01, 2005, 11:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 01, 2005, 11:13pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
ASUS 6600 GT
GPU stock: 550/1100 46C
oc to :562/1180 55C
3D Mark 03 : 8952
i dont know if this card is tuned?!?! but i did go with Mike's suggestions on page 16,
anybody has this card? what are the scores?

Robert louis Mar 02, 2005, 07:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> what is the best way to format a Serial ATA harddrive for use with this motherboard?

i have a 200gb segate sata.

some how when i formatted using windows xp setup.

i lost 10GB
now i have 190GB

is this normal? if not what is the best tool to use to format this sata drive?
i think the cluster are too big...

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 02, 2005, 07:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Simon,

it seems like i have to reload the profile all the time, is there anyway that it will load profile itself when i boot? or i have to load it myself before i run doom or benchmark?


Yes, your card is tuned. Just follow the step to reduce your frequencies a bit to get rid of corruption. Ntune profile manager will load your file, you need to set that up!

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 02, 2005, 07:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 02, 2005, 08:00am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert,

i have a 200gb segate sata.
some how when i formatted using windows xp setup.
i lost 10GB
now i have 190GB
is this normal? if not what is the best tool to use to format this sata drive?
i think the cluster are too big...


Yes, this is very normal, you will rarely ever get a hard drive that will give the full rated manufacturer's capacity, to begin with. Powerquest Partition Magic will give you full control over clusters etc... Usually default cluster size is 4 K after installing RAID0 on NTFS, this note for when you do go RAID0.

Mike :)


Remi Holm Mar 02, 2005, 09:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Mike.

Sorry about this late post, but my chipfan have gone in to RIP+.
Luckily nothing else broke. No OC on me for awhile.
Do you have any good chip coolers to recommend? You have probably noticed that I am using air cooling,
so water cooling is not an option right now. Later perhaps.

About my VGA cards they are both
Gainward GeForce 6600GT 128MB 1,6ns PCI-E,"Golden S., Goes Like Hell"(GLH), or you could call them
Gainward PowerPack! Ultra/1960 PCX XP 128MB "Golden Sample" GLH

Sticker on both VGA cards say: P945010MP010 GF6600GT 128MB GS.
There is also a second sticker that hold some kind of production number.
VGA # 1: G050106246
VGA # 2: G050106247

I have lowered the clock on both so they match the lowest score -10.

Thanks for your help
Remi Holm.

Robert louis Mar 02, 2005, 09:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert,

i have a 200gb segate sata.
some how when i formatted using windows xp setup.
i lost 10GB
now i have 190GB
is this normal? if not what is the best tool to use to format this sata drive?
i think the cluster are too big...


Yes, this is very normal, you will rarely ever get a hard drive that will give the full rated manufacturer's capacity, to begin with. Powerquest Partition Magic will give you full control over clusters etc... Usually default cluster size is 4 K after installing RAID0 on NTFS, this note for when you do go RAID0.

Mike


************[reply]
hi mike

yes i know a drive wouldn't get full capacity
but 10GB lost? its quite shocking to see 10GB wasted :(

10GB is alot of wasted space!
oh well, i hope when i get another drive and raid it
this should fix the problem.
properly get back 2-5gb back lets hope so[/reply]


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