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Old 07-17-10, 09:13 PM   #13
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Is your ASUS A8N SLi Deluxe have the latest BIOS 1805?
It looks like I'm finding the issues are more with the A8N32 SLi Deluxe. You're linking to the standard A8N SLi. I found I do have pretty much the best bios for the 32. It was a pretty sweet board, one of the firsts with full 16x16 SLi. I'm going to go ahead and give them my Vista-Ult and take their Win7 off their hands and install it on here, my gaming rig and see what I think for a while. After some research it looks pretty good. I've already got Vista installed on the Asus and it seems to be flawless. And yeah if XP mode doesn't allow me to run things like directsound without OpenAL then meh. I jump over to Win7 and see how the new drivers sound.
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Old 07-18-10, 12:47 AM   #14
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It looks like I'm finding the issues are more with the A8N32 SLi Deluxe. You're linking to the standard A8N SLi. I found I do have pretty much the best bios for the 32. It was a pretty sweet board, one of the firsts with full 16x16 SLi. I'm going to go ahead and give them my Vista-Ult and take their Win7 off their hands and install it on here, my gaming rig and see what I think for a while. After some research it looks pretty good. I've already got Vista installed on the Asus and it seems to be flawless. And yeah if XP mode doesn't allow me to run things like directsound without OpenAL then meh. I jump over to Win7 and see how the new drivers sound.
Yeah- my parents have that board as well. Used to be my old gaming rig that I sold them so little sis would have something to frag on.

Ran great under Vista, runs better under 7.

Could be RAM. Could be a number of things other than the board. Or- it could be the board... really hard to say. At this point it's probably just whatever works best that you should go with. If that's Vista than rock Vista. Kinda' like that old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

Sorry if that's not much help- really not sure what else to suggest.
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Old 07-18-10, 07:43 AM   #15
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Well it might be the board because I'm unable to get the onboard sound working in vista too. Driver installs says its fine but no audio again. I popped in a soundblaster and got a PCI error on boot and nothing in the device manager. I moved it down to the bottom PCI slot and it's fine so might be the board. It's running vista fine now, stress tested, 3D tested. Like you said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Thank you guys for the advice I hope I like Win7.
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Hmmm I remember ran Windows 7 beta 1 build 7000 on previous Socket 939 ASUS A8N-E motherboard with NO ISSUES.
I'm running it now on my K8n Neo4 P, other than a 15% performance hit in games, it runs fine.
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I would not buy just the key from anywhere; 99.9% of keys sold online are msdn keys and they will not last. The best choice is purchasing an oem copy from somewhere like newegg or if you feel lucky a pre-owned boxed version from a fellow nvnews member.
MSDN Keys don't expire. They're not supposed to be used after you subscription expires but they still work...
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If they are found to have been re sold they will expire and be blacklisted.

Education keys, used in school labs for students to install and play with do expire and are blacklisted on purpose. Nothing stops a student writing it down and taking an image, especially IT students ::
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I have a retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate. It's still in the retail case with the paperwork. If anyone is interested in it send me a PM with an offer. I will take a picture and post it if someone wants to buy it. I don't check in every day so I may not get back to you for a day or two.
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