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ASUS A8N-E WON'T BEHAVE

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March 9, 2007 11:20:45 AM

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Hi Folks!

I recently purchased another ASUS product, as to date they have been decent (Except for the A7V333, and A8N-E).

I build my syst with the following stuff;
mobo (you know)
PC3200 KVR 4x512 from Kingston. CAS 2.5
Raptor WD740x2 in raid 0,
WD2500 x 2 for storage and apps.
AMD 939 X2, 4400 with a thermaltake Silient Boost Fan/HS
Antec Sonada ll, with a 650W thermaltake tough-power PSU
1 x 7-1 floppy, liteon DVD+- everything, and a Plextor 716A.
SB audigy2 ZS,
K-world 883 TV-tuner card
XFX6600 PCI-E
Display is a Hyundai L90D+
KMS, are all logitech... There! I belive that covers it.
BOIS is 1013, latest posted.

Now for the issues with ASUS.
1) Won't recognize RAM...1 long and 2 Short. reset bios and installed just two of the modules (PC3200) in A1&B1. It posted and reported only 333 (PC2700). Removed the two and replaced just one in B1, as indicated in manual, (no not that one, the one that with the MOBO). Same story. 1 long, and 2 short. Then I put the single module in slot A1, fired it up and
it recognized it as a PC3200....
2) The Raid function acts up [/b][/list]from time to time and must be reset...
3) I CONTACTED ASUS TECH STAFF, SIX DIFFERENT ONES TO BOOT!, AND THEY ALL GAVE ME 19 DIFFERENT SUGGESTIONS. NONE OF THEM WORKED.

Has anyone else had these probs with the board? And could you please advise this old man of your plights, and maybe even some solutions, It is very obvious that ASUS doesn't have a clue.

Thanks to all for reading this Catharsis..
I old, but not lonely...just confused with this board.

lthompson216@roadrunner.com or bobguy1942@yahoo.com

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March 10, 2007 12:40:50 AM

I'd start by updating the BIOS to the newest version, if it's not already.
Next, unplug the PS, shut off the PS switch, remove the "coin" battery, and clear the CMOS. On reboot, in the BIOS load "failsafe" or similar defaults.

Next, go through all 4 DIMMs, installing only one at a time and running memtest86+ with the one DIMM, to see if any DIMMs specifically give you problems.
March 10, 2007 2:53:51 AM

Thanks Mondoman!

I tried all you suggested, and still this problem exsists...
It could be just another bad asus mobo. What do you think?

Bob
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March 10, 2007 5:37:01 AM

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I tried all you suggested, and still this problem exsists.....

I don't fully understand -- what were the results of the 4 tests with memtest86+ (a complete test with each of the 4 DIMMs installed alone)?
March 10, 2007 5:56:27 AM

I have tried 16 different modules, in dual channel mode, single channel, one at a time, etc. My belief is that this particular mobo has a memory controller issue. I have spoken to 12 different Asus techs, and they are puzzled.
I posted this thinking that others may have been experiencing similar issues with this Asus Mobo.

Do you have this model?

Bob
March 10, 2007 4:26:19 PM

It's hard for us in internetland to figure out exactly what's going on without the details of what exactly you tried and what the results were. :wink:
One thing to remember is that in your system, the memory controller is in the CPU, not on the MB.
March 10, 2007 7:03:11 PM

Sorry for the confusion.

Asus has replyed to me and has determined that this mobo is in fact defective. They will send me a replacement.
Thank you for trying to help. It is appreciated.

PS Sorry about the memory controller statement...I ment to say a memory socket short.

Ever heard the term "Four Bit Slice"? That is how old I am.

Thanks again,

Bob
March 11, 2007 12:12:22 AM

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Ever heard the term "Four Bit Slice"? ...

A CPU constructed from standardized $0.50 components?
OK, lame joke attempt... :) 
March 16, 2007 8:45:37 AM

"four bit slice"...

am2900 is a family of integrated circuits (ic's) created in 1975 by amd. they were constructed with bipolar devices, in a bit-slice topology, and were designed to be used as modular components each representing a different aspect of a computer control unit (ccu). by using a bit slicing technique, am2900 family was able to implement a ccu with data, addresses, and instructions to be any multiple of 4-bits by multiplying the number of ic's. one major problem with this modular technique was it required a larger amount of ic's to implement what could be done on a single cpu ic. the am2901 chip was the arithmetic-logic unit (alu), and the "core" of the series. it could count using 4 bits and implement binary operations as well as various bit-shifting operations.

I have been in the electronics industry, since 1972. if you would like to see just how far amd has come, just check out the history of these devices, and then marvel at what Mr. Sanders (founder of amd) accomplished to date.
Pretty interesting stuff... =O)
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