The ASUS A7N8X-X / A7N8X / A7N8X Deluxe Thread

By Didou ยท 207 replies
Sep 27, 2003
  1. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Pentup.. quote..

    [For some odd reason I have never been able to get the sound to work at all on it. It doesn't seem to be the same problem that everyone else has ..]

    I do not use that Mb, but I think it would be wise for you to go back to square 1.
    Go to the web site and download the Manual for that board so you can tell about Jumpers and terminal connection for front sound ,with or without a sound card.
    Download the latest drivers and Bios file.
    Then strip that machine down to confirm there are no shorts.
    Flash the bios
    Do a Clean install of XP on a fresh formatted HD
    Up date, and load latest drivers.
    Keep in mind that some speaker wires are unshielded and can pick up static from power wires that are too close.
    Do not place the audigy card in the first slot next to the AGP.The front mounted sound terminals will be mounted directly to the Sound card not the Mb.
    I realize this is a bunch of work ,but after reading what you have done ,and the sound has never worked,then the problem is with the Mb ,or the set up.
    If there is something wrong with the board it would be the same work,so you have to decide whether you want to just replace it period.
    Good luck
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    I think your issues are with your speakers and not with your soundcard, wether onboard or internal. Sounds like the built-in amplifier in those speakers is not working.
    Did you ever try any other speakers, hooked up as e.g. 2.1?
  3. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Hey Real.. I wondered about that to but he mentions trying both in his first post.
    That's why I think it is a deeper problem ,especially since he also says he always had this problem.
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    I just thought he used the same speakers, but UN-powered.
    He should also check the Volume Control settings in Control Panel or System-tray.
    Perhaps there is a jumper on the mobo to switch the functionality of the Sound input-/output-connectors at the back of the PC. I've read that somewhere else.
    Maybe he tries SP/DIF but that is not connected on his version mobo.
  5. blazingice

    blazingice TS Rookie

    Hi, I'm new here. I have a problem with my desktop. Before I continue here are the specifications:

    AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (Barton Core)
    Asus A7N8X Deluxe
    3*256MB PC2700 DDRRAM (Kingston)
    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB SATA
    Hercules Prophet II MX (based on geforce2mx chipset) 32MB AGP4X
    Creative SB Audigy

    Those are the main specs of my desktop. The problem: one evening, my pc was on, and I went off for dinner for a while. When i came back, the pc was off - there was no output to the monitor, the fans (1 CPU and several system) had stopped running. There was no hard disk activity. The only indication that the system was not totally off was that the power supply LED was still lit up. I tried the keyboard but it didn't work, so I pressed the power button but nothing worked as well, so I switched off the power supply (the mains). After a minute or so I switched the power on again, and I tried to power up the system but there was no response. I opened the casing and saw that the PWR_LED on the mainboard was lit up. I repeated this many times to no avail. Then I removed all the devices and RAM and everything till only the graphics card was connected; nothing worked also.

    So I'm at a loss at what to do now. Any ideas? I think the mainboard might have been shortcircuited - what's the possibility? And what can I do at this juncture now... Thanks!
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Topic Starter Posts: 4,274

    Have you tried doing a ClearCMOS ? If that still doesn't work, you could still try to power up the system with another PSU. If there was a power surge, you can always hope that only the PSU was damaged & that the rest of the system still works.

    PS. Welcome to TechSpot. Hope you enjoy your stay.:wave:
  7. nmap

    nmap TS Rookie

    HI, I'm also new here but I've already taken the time to read all your responses to this thread. I'd like to say first of all thanks to those that have helped others before me as I, who works as a tech support guy, know how frustrating it can be. All of your posts have been great. Now, I present a challenge to you.

    I've got:

    AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (Barton Core)
    Asus A7N8X-X
    1-512MB PC3200 DDR (Corsair - VS CAS 3)
    Maxtor 160GB EIDE
    VisionTek Radeon 9600XT
    Creative SB Audigy LE

    The problem: Random reboots in games.
    What I've done:

    I've replaced the video drivers with the stock ones from ATI's website, (No go..) then I've replaced them with the ones from OMEGADRIVERS. (no go) Then I've sent the card back to the manufacturer, to which I got the wrong card back. (128MB version rather then the 256, I was aiming for) I tired that (no go). I've sent that back to recieve the card that I paid for, and I've gotten that back. Still the problem is there.

    Now, I've sent the motherboard back in, thinking it was an issue with the MB. That's been returned to me with the newest Bios, but nothing to my knowlege has been changed otherwise. Problem still persists. Now, I've gone and Stopped my Virus Scan. (Bit defenfender) The problem left for a week or so but it's back. I've contacted BD with this problem but I've gotten no response. I deleted BD and the problem left again for a bit, but it's back.

    Now, I thought maybe the ram is incompatible. Who knows? So I talked to those over at Corsair who sent me a detailed configuration on how the ram should be set up. This didn't do anything. I've played with the FSB, Lowered the clock rate on the CPU... and Finally I've replaced the stick of ram. I've checked both sticks with memtest, and couldn't find anything.

    I've checked almost everything else software wise, I haven't installed anything other than office and a few games. I can't see what's going on with the system. Is it the mobo, ram, vidcard?

    My thoughts are that it is the vidcard but, why would it be doing that? I've returned it (to my store rather than sending it for repair -- I've got a whole new one)

    Any thoughts, that'd be great.

    I'm in no possition to adivse here but, have you noticed any powersurges through your house? If you built the computer yourself, check to see if the cables to the power button are still firmly set in place... and finally, your processor could have fried. Smell anything funny?
  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Topic Starter Posts: 4,274

    Which revision of the board do you have ?
  9. nmap

    nmap TS Rookie

    It states I have revision 2.xx. I can't find a specific number as the program doesn't tell me. Thanks for your time.
  10. pcss

    pcss TS Rookie

    I am running win2k3 and it works like a champ. I now have 2 of these boards and plan to install linux on the extra one today. Anyway I have had no network problems whatsoever so far. I generally use it for Inet connectivity but have configured it to communicate with other computers in a workgroup many times. I usually give the systems a static 10.x.x.x address and a subnet mask of either or If they are all connected to a hub you can use the IP Address of each system as its gateway. It would be helpful if you could provide the output from an ipconfig /all command from the PC's in question. Also a brief description of the network topography would be beneficial(ie., are the workgroup systems connected via a hub, switch or router.)
  11. digitalmatter

    digitalmatter TS Rookie

    new pc problem

    ot the parts for a new pc today....

    got everything set up.....ive set up a few before....i know what cable / jumper needs to go where....followed the book over and over....

    when i turn the switch on the back of the case....nothing powers up....and i hear a low level high pitch sound coming from the psu (power supply)...

    when i unplug the atx connect to the doesnt make the sound...

    nothing powers....including standy light on the board....psu fan....

    im now clueless on what it could it the psu....a bad board?

    help would be appreciated

    system specs
    asus a7n8x-x board
    amd athlon 2700+ proc
    512mb memory ( forget the brand ) memory tested and works
    wd 80/40 gb hd's ( both work )

    ive gone over the 20pin cntrl panel on the board a few times.....i know ive got those in right

    blah but ty
  12. nmap

    nmap TS Rookie

    Could be your psu is dead. Have you noticed if the light on the mobo is on or not? That's a good indication if it's getting power.


    As for an update of my problem, every error has something to do with sound. I keep seeing Kmixer.sys if I open the bugchecks. Does anyone have any idea how to stop that?

  13. M.Millis

    M.Millis TS Rookie


    I'm having a problem with 3D positional Audio. I used to play No-One Lives Forever with my Creative SoundBlaster Live Value and I had true surround sound. Cameras came from behind you if you were facing away from it, etc.
    Then I upgraded my mobo and processor so I now use the onboard Nforce2. I figured the surround sound would be even better but infact it's worse!

    All I get is stereo on this game now, I can create the LFE channel and clone the stereo to the rear speakers but it's not real 3D surround. The music seems to be but not all the normal sounds like speech, gun fire, cameras etc.

    I have tried everything, I've searched the net no help at all. I upgraded the game to v1.4 and the nforce drivers to 5.10. I even had to reinstall windows recently and that hasn't helped either. I'm not sure if I am having this problem with other games. I'll check soon.

    I'd be grateful for any assistance, the lack of pos. audio really takes away an element of the game.

  14. M.Millis

    M.Millis TS Rookie


    OK I tried Mafia. In the mixer it's set to 5.1 speakers. Start the game Mafia select 5.1 in the setup and start it. Sound in stereo. Close game, look in mixer and it's now back to 2.0 speakers!!!

    Tried setting the Mafia setup to quadrophonic, stereo, disable EAX, software mixing and all combinations of those but it still happens.

    This Nforce thing is really crap, I might go out and buy a trusty old Creative Audigy or something. Nvidia website claims they don't give support for onboard things so I am stuck. The only thing this is good for is for watching DVDs and I don't watch such things on my PC anyway.

    As for games, useless!!

  15. nmap

    nmap TS Rookie

    Nvidia has a tool for audio that you can download, have you used that?
    It's called NVswap and located here:

    There's a better one that comes with the unified drivers if my memory serves me right though.
  16. M.Millis

    M.Millis TS Rookie


    OK I was little hasty with the Mafia game. Installing the update 1.2 fixed the problem although the surround sound doesnt sound that great. No luck at all with Nolf so far. The Soundblaster seemed more directional in games like Mafia and so on.

  17. zer0_one

    zer0_one TS Rookie

    hi, this is my first post so please dont flame me if the answers already out there... I own a a7n8x deluxe (rev 1.06) that hasnt seen too many problems in the first year or so since I bought it.

    However it started playing up, first it no longer powers down when I shutdown through windows. It will do the usual windows shutdown procedure, then just when you expect it all to power down it makes a clank sound and starts to reboot again. The only way I've been able to turn it off is to flick the power switch on the back of my PSU.

    More recently it has been restarting itself randomly while I am doing stuff (seems like its more often when its under load)

    I've tried a fresh format and install of windows but neither of the problems were resolved. System specs:
    AMD athlon 2400+
    x-micro Geforce4 Ti4200 AGP8X
    2x Maxtor ata133 80gb hdds
    SB audigy
    Antec SmartBlue 350W psu
    [let me know if you need more info]

    note: I'm not too sure about this, but my problems are roughly the same time I got broadband internet (adsl on a billion 5100 - 4port router/modem), could that be the cause?
  18. Arbiter

    Arbiter TS Rookie

    question about ram on this motherboard

    i have a a7n8x-Deluxe version of this motherboard, so far i cant find anywhere to buy another exact same one, all the other ones have -(some letter). also my main question was how do i know if my ram is running in dual channel mode? i have 2x 512 mb (pc3200) corssair platinum chips in. Can anyone help?
  19. M.Millis

    M.Millis TS Rookie

    I may be wrong but usually it says in the post if it's running single or dual mode.
  20. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168


    I Have just bought and fitted an A7N8X-X board to my machine.

    When I fire it up, I hear my hard drives fire up, my keyboard lights all flash, all my drive lights flash, fans come on....

    I have NO video! I was using an Asus AGP card (In my system spec in my profile I believe. I for get it's name. Thinking that it might (unlikely) be the BIOS set to PCI, and only checking for a card on the PCI slots, I took it out and replaced it with a Voodoo 5 PCI card I know to work. Still I have no video!

    Please help, if you can.
  21. M.Millis

    M.Millis TS Rookie

    The speakers set up correctly, I get 5.1 in Mafia and DVDs.
  22. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    My problem was solved by Tarkus (yes. you're definitely a STAR!!!!) on the #3dspotlight IRC channel

    I had two different sticks of RAM in there (both 266 MHz DDR). The bios was trying to set them by SPD, but couldn't, and my FSB being set by default to 100 instead of 133 MHz probably didn't help the Ram timings much. I took out the offending stick of RAM, the PC booted running the remaining stick of RAM on a 100 MHz FSB and the video was finally on, after many hours of worrying about it all and generally being confused.

    I changed the FSB, and set the RAM manually to 133 MHz, put the other stick back in, and all worked fine, apart from windows, which doesn't seem to have liked being rebooted constantly, while the recovery console refuses to accept my password for the administrator account! lol

    Many thanks Tarkus!
  23. Branjo

    Branjo TS Rookie

    The infamous A7N8X Deluxe

    Hey all,

    Well i got this board about a two and a half years ago and i have loved it since then. My Specs (before)
    AMD 2500 @ 2.1Ghz
    512 MB Elixir DDR 400 CL3
    A7N8X deluxe Rev 2.0
    ATI 8500 64MB
    MAXTOR 20GB ATA 133
    Samsung 60GB ATA 100
    LG DVD /+/-/RAM RW

    When i first powered it up i was blown away with the versatility of this board. I could set memory at this and CPU at that and every thing was fine
    then just 2 weeks ago i decided i need to upgrade my G/card so i went through ebay with a fine tooth comb and found myself a used 9700 Pro
    when i put it in, again i was blown away with the shear speed of this thing and all was well. the next day i powered up the PC and from first post all the way into XP Pro the screen was full of artifacts( lines and blocks) everywhere. so i emailed the guy i bought it from and gave him a piece of my mind. distraught at the fact of losing 120 bucks i started to look on the net with the trusty laptop and found there are alot of people out there with somewhat the same problem. so i had the pc on its side peering into it
    while it was powered on and with screen full of junk(artifacts) i gave the 9700pro a little wiggle (i know your not supposed to) and the junk started to flicker. so i push it one way it got worse then i pushed it the other way it got better WEIRD. so i got a chopstick (no lie) and i wedged it from the case under the 9700pro lifting it up about 10mm or so and i get a perfect screen no artifacts. so the point of all this is that ASUS in all their glory didnt really do a good job in the AGP x8 department as this G/card is sweet in another pc.
    so im getting rid of this board as ASUS just rushed it to get a x8 board out there quickly. now i have to send an apology to the guy from ebay DAMN you ASUS you made me look

    and as for anyone having sound probs, i had em too untill i realized to get the right sound out of the jacks at the back you have to short some pins on the board near the AGP slot, 2 jumpers aughta do it i think.

    so now i want to hear of a board better than the A7N8X deluxe that will give same overclocking ability and run a 9700 or 9800 pro without any probs
    as i have only upgraded one mobo in two years, what are DFI,GiGABYTE and MSI mobos like. Damn sorry for the length of this post Mr/Mrs/Miss Reader but thanks for any additional help you can provide
  24. Shoe

    Shoe TS Rookie

    I have read this entire thread and a few others trying to find someone else with my problem. I have an A7n8x deluxe rev 2. Recently, it started to only recognize 256 mb of ram no matter how much is in the slots. I even put in a 512 module in by itself and still only 256 is showing! Why in the world?
    If I install my two 256 pc3200 sticks it will differentiate between single (1 and 2) and dual channel (1 and 3) modes in the post depending on the slots I use but still only 256 shows either way. Any ideas? :confused:
  25. wjlane

    wjlane TS Rookie

    Yet another memory question

    Hi there to all, this is my first post here on this board. A lot of good info but I still have a question. I have 2 sticks of memory, in slot 1, a Spectek PC2700 (166) 512MB, and in slot 2, Nanya PC3200 (200) 256MB. I am running an AMD 2800+ (Barton) with a FSB of 166 and bus speed of 333. I don't think I could've mixed up the type of RAM any worse. I didn't know about the importance of compatability when it comes to RAM until I started reading this thread. However, my system has been running without error. Am I better off just running the 512 stick since it is in sync with the speed of the CPU or should I leave them both in? I have them running in single channel mode right now. Will placing them in dual channel mode yield ANY improvement? Should I ditch the 256 stick and buy another PC2700 512MB stick to run in dual channel mode? If I do, can put the 256 stick in the last slot or should I only buy memory that is in sync (PC2700) with the CPU? Sorry for being long, thanks in advance for any help.
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