First a summary of the components:
- AMD Athlon 64 Winchester 3200+, Socket 939, Boxed
- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
- OEM 20 naar 24 pin converter
- Corsair ValueSelect DDR SDRAM, 1 GB, PC3200, 400
- LeadTek PX6600GT-EXTREME-TDH 128 MB, PCI Express
- Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 250 GB (on nvidia sata controller nr1)
- Pioneer dvddrive (on primaryIDE / master)
- Samsung 3,5" diskettestation Zwart
- Zalman ZM400B-APS 400 Watt
- Antec SLK3000B case
- A8N SLI Deluxe Bios Final 1006 (I followed the instruction on the first page to configure the bios)
- NVIDIA chipset drivers nForce_6.53_WinXP2K_international
- Nvidia Forceware 71.84_win2kxp_international
As I said before I have a few questions:
1. When I boot I get this message: "ide channel 0 no 80 conductorcable installed". What does this mean and do I have to do something about it? (It doesn't stop the bootsequence.)
>>>Buy an 80 conductor cable and put it on that device, I would presume it's the Pioneer dvddrive (on primaryIDE / master). Check your Onboard Device Configuration > IDE Function Setup > and disable if your not using that channel.
2. I had some harddiskproblems at first. When I'd installed windows (incl SP2) I installed the chipset drivers. When I did this it wanted to copy the files to another directory (c:\nvidia) and everything was fine. I installed all 4 drivers (sound, ide, ??, ??) (I want to use the onboard sound). After a reboot everything worked and I deleted the directory (c:\nvidia) because I thought it was a temporary dir.
When I rebooted windows wouldn't load because the harddisk couldn't be found. I then tried to flash a new bios into the harddisk which should help, but it couldn't find the harddisk either. Finally I selected the systemrecovery option and everything was fine.
I'm stil wondering about why this happened and if maybe the harddisk is broken or something; why couldn't my system find the harddisk? I even tried to reinstall windows but this also failed because it couldn't find the harddisk.
>>>Probably not the hard disk, you deleted stuff and now you need to start over with the right settings and procedures to install again..
3. Do I need to install all 4 drivers from the chipsetdriverpackage? What are they all for?
>>>Yes, mandatory system files.
4. Are there any other drivers I need to install? (for the processor for example)
>>>No, just monitoring software such as ASUS Probe etc...
5. If I want to format my c drive, how can I do this? Because I can't get into DOS since I have NTFS.
>>>FDISK at the command prompt of a bootable windows 98 or other floppy disk. Use your windows CD and do a new install.
6. When I installed windows I got the option to do a fast or a slow NTFS format, what's the difference besides the time it takes?
>>>Quick is like deleting files in windows, the files are there and show up as free space, they're really not gone. A full format is more thorough, a millitary format is 6 times.
7. Should I turn harddisk indexing on or off?
8. I benchmarked the harddisk and the result was: on average 47 MB/s. Is this ok? (analyzed with HD Tach)
>>>Fine for one drive non RAID.
9. I got these 3DMark results:
3DMark 2001: 18850
3DMark 2003: 8936
3DMark 2005: 3951
Are these results ok?
10. What other things should I check or benchmark or test (whatever) so I can be sure everything is working ok? (with reference to my warranty) (for example I really want to know if there's something wrong with the harddisk).
>>>You had it working right? Then you did some bad things like delete folders that were required for things to run properly, I mean you shocked your system. Now you need to start from scratch.
11. When I hadn't installed all of the above mentioned programs the system booted a lot faster than know. The blue bar on the windows loading screen came by 2 times at most at first but now it takes about 15 times of the blue bar coming round. Why this pretty big increase even though I only installed a few programs and how do I make this proces go faster? (how long does it take with your pc's?)
>>>Could be related to network or firewall etc. You need to start over, and don't delete anything this time.