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Hello everyone, welcome to the A7N8X users guide!
Great tool for the novice.
Great work Alpha 03, the movies are totally cool
Can u use the sata to have the main os on it like instead of usign a 20 gig IDe to put windows on acan i use a raptor 36 gig ? sata
Awesome work, alpha_03. A good place to bookmark for newbs and a nice place to check back on. Sangram
Just a friendly correction. Thermal paste should not be 1/16" (.0625") thick, that would be FAR too much.. There is a good tutorial on the Arctic Silver site. Dan aka Danny5
Danny it depends on how you look at my "1/16" of an inch example, I used that number because if you watch the videos thats about the amount AMD suggest. But I think that I need to address that because from YOUR veiw point, that is the way you took it. You are correct so I am not sure how to actually present it as I do not want to contradict the videos, maybe a highlighted note on the matter?
Yes you can Install an O/S directly to your SATA drive. Later this evening I am going to finish the drives section, sorry for not having that info but It takes quite some time to write and edit all this to make sure its easy to understand and use. Please check back as this info will soon be here.
Hi all I added a names field, sorry I forgot that. Thanks for all the suggestions, praise ect. please check back often. I am going to try and finsh the beginners section up, and then start on a more advanced guide. The Adv. guide will only cover bios and O/C'ing :) stay tuned.
nice alpha thanks i ll check drives now
Howdy all the new SATA guide is here. Say thanks to TonyInSeattle, for his work. Lots of updates, I hope you like the new look of the site as we want it to be as easy to use as possible. A tweakers guide has also been added because of all the request. Enjoy. A03
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Informative site, well done. I got my board a while ago and am running 200 FSB rock stable and have my 1700+ default clock 1450 to 2200 Mhz ! This board is really stable and offers many cool features.
hai it is nice to see that you have shared so much of info..my humble feel is "pl avoid frames" & possible make a link to download the entire content so the users can download & read it offline thanks for your valuable effort. keep it going firstname.lastname@example.org
Excellent read - nice to see it all in one easily accessible place. Well done alpha_03!!! THANKS.
Hello everyone, you can save and print the website by adding it to your off-line folders veiw in IE. you can also then print as you need. Hope this helps.
Is it worth mentioning the awful sound problems the N-Force 2 has and the non continuing efforts of NVidia to sort them out?
mid august, so I am told hang in there!
very nice guide!! very useful!!!! thanks!!! ^^
Hey I am installing my Asus Deluxe into a Xpider case and some of the instructions are clear and some are not. Do you ever plan on adding pictures to an of the instructions? Thanks, Matt
Looks very comprehensive to me.I'll be ordering a new board in a few days so this is great info.
MAtt I am sorry I would but I am only allocated 10 megs of space and I am very close to that now, so to answer- no I am sorry I can not as I havent the space. good suggestion tho. Thanks Alpha_03
hi VERY USEFULL WEBSITE !!! nice work thx you for all the help it give me !
your welcome I am happy you found it useful, enjoy your new set up.
Thank you for an excellent guide. I'm writing this from a newly built computer, my first build from scratch. No problems at all with the build, very nice work with the guide. Thank you.
mlrdr2, your very welcome. I am glad it the guide served you well.
lookin good ! thanks!
Most excellent guide for the novice, which is me. This is my second build, the first was a couple of years ago with the A7V133 and a T-Bird 1.2. It nice to know (since I'm reading this after the fact) that I did things right for the most part. Iím going to go disable SATA after reading your guide now so I can boot a little faster. NICE WORK! A7N8X Deluxe AMD 2500+ 1 x 512MB PC3200 (adding another later) GF3 Ti200 128MB
DeadW8, thank you for your comments- I am glad all went well. You may want to consider a new Video Card as even the latest low price NVidia FX chipset will out perform your existing card. Feel free to check out the O/C guide for many settings that will add additional performance. Good Luck and have fun.
I understood you to say that when I install my new A7N8X with my existing HD with my WinXP installed it will not boot and I will have to reinstall WindowsXP? Did I get that correctly? NBD, I have reinstalled Windows several times in the last few months. Just want to make sure I understand. I will be buying my new board in a few days.
Pterosaur, yes that is correct- you will need to reformat your system for proper opperation. This also prevents any possible problems related to drivers the like. This is also the point where certain BIOS selections must be made before an OS is installed- such as APIC and APCI. Check the install guide in these areas for futher info- APIC has been known to cause troubles with the Nforce audio and certain games, otherwise what it does is acts as the replacement for your IRQ steering, howeve, when using any DOS based Windows OS or Windows- 3.1, 95, and 98 (1st version) APIC will need to be disabled, as they still require DOS. Latter versions do not. Either way- Win-98SE and up may use APIC- the previous OS's may not- the choice is yours, however, if you experience crackling in your speakers when moving the mouse or playing certain games - generally the only real way to elliminate it is to disable APIC- and to do this you'll have to reformat if you have already installed the OS. Most users have no troubles using APIC and it can increase stability. good luck and have fun- remember- take your time and do it right. :) Alpha_03
Howdy all - the new nvidia drivers have fixed every issue I can duplicate on my pc- so far (past issues) so from here on I will no longer research nvidia driver issues, (unless it's an odd problem) as It's is my opiion nvidia finally has it right. now only if I could afford nforce 3- hmmmmmmmmmmm. enjoy your pc, alpha_03
Thanks for all the work. A lot of helpful information here. I got my board set up with no problems (I'm not really a beginner) and I came across this site afterwards. It is a good teaching tool for newbies or a good review for experienced builders.
Very Sweet, Thanks...
GREAT document. Might mention checking 12V line if using an older PSU. Thought I had it made with my old Antec 400W but after POST problems checked and found 12V was only 12A
bprat, yes I should include this- however not all users will experience this problem. It greatly depends on a few things: first, the number of things powered from your PSU. second, the condition of your PSU. but we do thank you for your input, It just may help solve someones problem. Alpha_03
On a side note- HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE, BEST WISHES INTO THE NEW YEAR!!! Alpha_03
welcome ary if help is what you need help is what you shall recieve :) alpha