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Originally Posted by SavageNorseman View Post

Hey guys... Thought just occurred to me... I am gonna need working drivers for my M2N SLI Deluxe board for Windows 7 64-bit.

I am gonna be installing Win7 Pro 64-bit in a few days and I didn't realize until just now that ASUS never put any Windows 7 64 specific drivers up on their site for this particular board... I don't know if you M2N32 owners have been more lucky but unfortunately I am stuck with the M2N SLI Deluxe.

I also run a RAID 0 configuration on two WD Caviar Black HDDs and I need some help with finding a driver and what to do with it?

I downloaded the 15.58 nForce driver package from the nvidia website:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce-vista-win7-64bit-15.58-driver.html

it says the following things are contained in it:
Ethernet Driver (v73.20) WHQL
Network Management Tools (v73.16) "Sedona"
SATAIDE Driver (v11.1.0.43) WHQL
SATARAID Driver (v11.1.0.43) WHQL
RAIDTOOL Application (v11.1.0.43)
SMBUS Driver (v4.74) WHQL
SMU Driver (v1.71) WHQL
Installer (v7.57)

The whole thing comes as an installer though, so how do I get at the RAID tool only? Does this application make a disk with RAID drivers for Win7?

Ok alternatively I was thinking I could try using the Vista 64 RAID disk creator but I don't know if this will work... The OS is not even installed at that stage so is it even possible to do a compatibility mode or will these just work....

Anyone else got this working on the M2N SLI Deluxe with a RAID and or Win 7 Pro 64?

I'm not the best to help with raid,but you should be able to install the whole package,then setup raid as you normally would.
All is running ok now?

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post #9782 of 12343
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Anyone had any experience with RMAs with Asus on these boards? I got a m2nsli that i just hate to see sit around. It just didnt boot one day, and i believe it is way past warranty. tongue.gif lol

The only RMA experience I have had with ASUS was when I bricked my M2n-SLI deluxe about 6 months in operation by updating the BIOS with that damn windows installer tool that they had. They honored it but went out and bought a m2n32 SLI-delxue since I could not be without a PC at the time. Basically sold the RMA one to a friend. If the board is already registered, don't think there's much they can do about it.
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Okay so, I just recently tried to run Dirt 3 and my computer went insane. Screen started flashing and weird noises happened. Tried to run Burnout Paradise City and had the same issue. Closed out of it and opened Firefox and it crashed repeatedly and then started like warping [?] I guess you could say. Also, I will run my system through Prime95 but I mean.. It's obviously not stable now either way. Lol.

Can you take a few minutes to fill in your system information in your profile? This will help us out a lot in determining any issues that are going on. Would like to rule out overloading your PSU if it does not have the proper wattage to run your CPU/GPU. As in going for the 945, I don't see the harm in it and on the plus side, it's plug and play so you don't have to use Ntools to set the CPU up in windows. I have seen the 945 come in 125w and 95w flavors, just make sure you get the one that's 95w thumb.gif
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My problem now, is that the CPU multiplier buttons in Nvidia system tools have disappeared! When I select the performance tools tab, right page flashes for a millisecond, then I get a vanilla version that will only let me change the bus. I have tried to reinstall, uninstall, and older version; I get the same results. Now I am stuck at 800Mhz. Any ideas?
I tried to use PMT, but I haven't been able to make it work at all. I push apply, and nothing happens. I had hoped to use it to control the cpu fan.
Thanks!

This sounds like the whole windows 7 power settings not set the "maximum performance." I would check this out in the control panel and reboot, then you should be able to set multis. If you're still having issues, i would uninstall/reinstall Ntools as well as doing a complete BIOS wipe by moving the jumper/removing the battery for a bit and starting again. CnQ,c1e are the 2 important settings that have to be turned off as well as setting your multi to the appropriate vaule and CPU voltage to at least 1.3 manually
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Originally Posted by SavageNorseman View Post

Hey guys... Thought just occurred to me... I am gonna need working drivers for my M2N SLI Deluxe board for Windows 7 64-bit.
I am gonna be installing Win7 Pro 64-bit in a few days and I didn't realize until just now that ASUS never put any Windows 7 64 specific drivers up on their site for this particular board... I don't know if you M2N32 owners have been more lucky but unfortunately I am stuck with the M2N SLI Deluxe.
I also run a RAID 0 configuration on two WD Caviar Black HDDs and I need some help with finding a driver and what to do with it?
I downloaded the 15.58 nForce driver package from the nvidia website:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce-vista-win7-64bit-15.58-driver.html
it says the following things are contained in it:
Ethernet Driver (v73.20) WHQL
Network Management Tools (v73.16) "Sedona"
SATAIDE Driver (v11.1.0.43) WHQL
SATARAID Driver (v11.1.0.43) WHQL
RAIDTOOL Application (v11.1.0.43)
SMBUS Driver (v4.74) WHQL
SMU Driver (v1.71) WHQL
Installer (v7.57)
The whole thing comes as an installer though, so how do I get at the RAID tool only? Does this application make a disk with RAID drivers for Win7?
Ok alternatively I was thinking I could try using the Vista 64 RAID disk creator but I don't know if this will work... The OS is not even installed at that stage so is it even possible to do a compatibility mode or will these just work....
Anyone else got this working on the M2N SLI Deluxe with a RAID and or Win 7 Pro 64?

I don't have any experience with RAID on these boards but you should be able to pick and choose what you want to install. Yeah there is no ASUS drivers for windows 7 for our board but the Nforce drivers has everything we need for our boards. I can't remember what I did for the sound drivers, I think I just let windows update find them for me and 7 is pretty good about finding drivers.
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Yeah, i figured so. Lol

But as far as the board not booting, i just went to turn the pc on and it wouldnt boot or post. It wouldnt do anything. So i pulled every piece of harware out one at a time to see what was causing it. When nothing worked i the change psu to see if that was the prob. No luck. I even tried cmos reset but no luck. It just simply quit booting. I looked at the caps to see if they were blown or swelling but nothing.
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post #9784 of 12343
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Originally Posted by S M Balls View Post

Hi Guys!
My problem now, is that the CPU multiplier buttons in Nvidia system tools have disappeared! When I select the performance tools tab, right page flashes for a millisecond, then I get a vanilla version that will only let me change the bus. I have tried to reinstall, uninstall, and older version; I get the same results. Now I am stuck at 800Mhz. Any ideas?
I tried to use PMT, but I haven't been able to make it work at all. I push apply, and nothing happens. I had hoped to use it to control the cpu fan.
Thanks!

I don't have some of the links in this thread handy, but there is a wealth of information by searching on PMT for posts that go back no more than a month I believe.

A new user took the time to provide screenshots of the steps needed to get PMT working.

Your comment about using PMT to control the CPU fan made me smile. I hadn't thought it about it that way, but for sure you will get that benefit indirectly when running the CPU with 4X clocks. Because I'm still using the stock heatsink that came with my Phenom II processor, I opt to set CPU fan control to performance. While this makes the system a bit louder, it gives max performance in terms of CPU temps.

A key point is that the BIOS settings to make NVT work are incompatible with making PMT work properly. You have to decide which path you want to take and act accordingly.
post #9785 of 12343
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Windows power options set to performance?
Set cpu Q-fan to optimal, that is the best setting.


Gyro

thumb.gif You hit the nail on the head. I suspect that when I couldn't boot and had to do a system restore, the performance settings got set back to balanced. Phew! I was having nightmares about editing the registry for a while.

My Q-fan was still disabled, so as soon as I fixed that it came down from take-off power. Much better.

Quote:
gr8sho,
A key point is that the BIOS settings to make NVT work are incompatible with making PMT work properly. You have to decide which path you want to take and act accordingly.

Now that the fan isn't whinning, I suppose I will stick with the NVT. It seems a little more intuitive to me. It's important that if I don't look at it for a month or so, I will be able to remember how to use it. biggrin.gif

Thanks again!
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I'm not the best to help with raid,but you should be able to install the whole package,then setup raid as you normally would.
All is running ok now?
Gyro

Nah it's not OK... I'm having a bunch of problems with my RAM still, but I'm going out on a limb here and guessing this has to do with corrupted a RAID array and or that my problems will just go away after Windows 7 is installed...

I did just about everything I could think of to get all 4x1GB of that ram to work... Link to my specific RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145588

I have increased the vDimm/DRAM voltage to 2.1v (spec is 1.9v, system JDEC default is 1.8v)
I have increased the NB/CPU/HT voltage to 1.40v (default 1.20v)
I have increased the CPU core voltage - set it to 1.350v (Default must have set it to about 1.300 or 1.325v) BIOS will read this as 1.4/1.41v as will ASUS PC Probe.
-When the CPU was set to "default" settings the BIOS would read 1.35v and PC Probe did as well.

I increased CPU voltage in the hopes that the integrated memory controller on the CPU was not kicking out enough power to run 4 dimm slots on the motherboard and that it might be underpowered anyway because I dono what the default voltage is for this processor.

After doing all this I still had crashes/BSODs which I did finally manage to catch as it went by one time - "PFN List Corrupt"

> Looked PFN List Corrupt up in google and find that this is most definitely a RAM related issue...

Decided to just rebuild my RAID 0 array and install Windows 7 Pro 64 to see if the problems were RAID related at this point... now I am running into a new problem:

Shortly after clicking "Install" and selecting my language options and keyboard layout in the Win 7 installer I get this dreaded message:
"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing..."

I cannot continue the install until this driver is installed...
My CD-RW might be the culprit here because it is old and running on an IDE bus (the DVD drive is IDE as well) No SATA opticals here...
CD-RW Model: ASUS CRW-5232A4
DVD-RW Model: Samsung CD-DVDW SH-S222L

A lot of the threads I have read online relating to this issue point towards checking the hash and or re-burning an .iso believing that the install disk has corrupted data...
My disk was purchased new from Newegg.com and I doubt it is corrupt but is there a way to check it anyway?

Another thread pointed to this driver from the Microsoft Update Catalog "ITE Tech. Inc. - Storage - ITE IT8211 ATA ATAPI Controller"

I downloaded the 64-bit version of this and put it on a floppy disk and tried to load this when Windows asked for the CD/DVD driver but it wont accept this file.

I have also tried extracting the 15.58 nforce drivers from Nvidia (needed to do this to get the RAID drivers anyway) and tried to load the sata/ide drivers from this package but Windows 7 would not accept them...

Any ideas? I really don't want to have to rip out my opticals and replace them but if it comes to that...
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Okay, I fixed the Windows 7 64 install problem... I spent the whole night fighting with the computer to find the solution... I had to dig out a SATA optical drive from storage that I thought was bricked by a bad firmware update...

Turns out my old ASUS DRW-2014L1T somehow survived a botched firmware upgrade via ASUS update under Windows XP some time ago... I jogged the drive by using an external (not attached to a pc) power supply and the drive powered on and ejected/closed but I didn't think it would read a disc or come up in system BIOS after that fiasco...

So the good news is not only did I get Windows 7 64 installed but my optical drive is back from the dead somehow biggrin.gif

Still sorting the RAM issues... I may just cave and buy a 2x2GB kit to dodge these voltage problems with the motherboard settings and IMC...
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Hi all, new to the site here but finding lots of useful info already. Hoping the ASUS club for this board can help me with some upgrade decisions...

My current CPU-Z:
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I've also set up my Rig under my profile.


I am looking at two of the Phenom II X4s for a CPU upgrade, as well as a graphics card upgrade.

CPU 1: X4 925 2.8 GHz - this one is listed as supported (http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=M2N32-SLI%20Deluxe&p=1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103940

CPU 2: X4 975 3.6 GHz - I'm not sure if I can get this one to work, but it would be my preferred route if it is possible and stable!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103923

I use my PC for work (programming), general use, and gaming. I've got a rather convoluted boot setup due to having Win7 upgrade instead of full. GRUB pops first and allows choice of a few versions of Ubuntu Linux kernels or the Windows launcher. Windows launcher allows Win7 or "older versions" - the older version is my old XP which is only installed as a base to "upgrade" to Win7. Not sure if any of that is relevant but trying to provide as much info as I can that might be needed.


For the graphics card upgrade, I've pretty much decided on a GTX 560 1GB, which I found for $150 after rebate smile.gif
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/770542-REG/PNY_Technologies_VCGGTX560XPB_nVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_560.html


Looking for opinions, suggestions, and help with the CPU choice and how-to. Comments on the graphics card welcome as well, but getting the right CPU and getting it work with the mobo is the main concern of course!

Thanks.
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Welcome Trynthlas,

With your multi OS setup I would stick to a cpu that does not require the use of the NVtool/PMT workaround,those being the x4 955-980.
The x4 830 is a rebranded x4 925 and is cheaper, both are plug and play(with 5002 bios).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103993
The 560 would go well with that cpu.


Good luck

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Originally Posted by Trynthlas View Post

Hi all, new to the site here but finding lots of useful info already. Hoping the ASUS club for this board can help me with some upgrade decisions...
My current CPU-Z:
2196712.png
I've also set up my Rig under my profile.
I am looking at two of the Phenom II X4s for a CPU upgrade, as well as a graphics card upgrade.
CPU 1: X4 925 2.8 GHz - this one is listed as supported (http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=M2N32-SLI%20Deluxe&p=1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103940
CPU 2: X4 975 3.6 GHz - I'm not sure if I can get this one to work, but it would be my preferred route if it is possible and stable!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103923
I use my PC for work (programming), general use, and gaming. I've got a rather convoluted boot setup due to having Win7 upgrade instead of full. GRUB pops first and allows choice of a few versions of Ubuntu Linux kernels or the Windows launcher. Windows launcher allows Win7 or "older versions" - the older version is my old XP which is only installed as a base to "upgrade" to Win7. Not sure if any of that is relevant but trying to provide as much info as I can that might be needed.
For the graphics card upgrade, I've pretty much decided on a GTX 560 1GB, which I found for $150 after rebate smile.gif
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/770542-REG/PNY_Technologies_VCGGTX560XPB_nVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_560.html
Looking for opinions, suggestions, and help with the CPU choice and how-to. Comments on the graphics card welcome as well, but getting the right CPU and getting it work with the mobo is the main concern of course!
Thanks.

I can't see your config. Do you have all those OS on the same physical drive or on separate drives?

My copy of Windows 7 is also an upgrade version, but that shouldn't stop you from having a W7 only install.

I like my Nvidia GTX 460s, so I see no reason you won't like the 560. If you do gaming, consider buying a second one and running them in SLI.

If you can figure out a way to say keep Linux on a separate bootable drive and use BIOS to pick the boot order, then I recommend the AMD 975, but if you are going to rely on Linux to run the processor at full speed, I would have to defer to others on how to do that.

Have fun!
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