|"the guy i got the tower off doesnt have a manual ect for it"|
Was he the original owner of the mboard ?
If yes, he probably has the manual(s) and the CD somewhere, if he bothered to look.
Selling a system with a mboard without the manual is like selling a car without a jack - the manual (or the jack) is probably useless to him, so why keep it.
If no, can he contact the original owner, or provide that info to you so you can try that ?
"audio chipset is realtek ALC65X! is that the same as AC97?? "
I got that info from the info on the newegg website, at the same link as riider pointed to in response 2.
ALC65X = the ALC65... series - it's a 6 channel AC-97 compliant codec chip.
AC-97 is merely a sound standard that was established in 1997.
"also when i go to device manager their is no yellow markers..."
If you mean no yellow !'s (exclamation marks), in that case, there is no problem.
"but if i go thru all drivers individualy their is a number with no drivers they are PROGRAMMABLE INTERUPT CONTROLLER,SYSTEM BOARD,MOTHERBOARD RESOURCES,PROGRAMMABLE DRAM,DIRECT MEMORY ACCESS CONTROLLER,NVIDIA NFORCE PCI SYSTEM MANAGMENT,NUMERIC DATA PROCESSOR,NFORCE HYPER TRANSPORT BRIDGE. if click on driver tab it gives details of a driver,but when i then click driver details it says no files loaded"
There's nothing wrong with that situation.
Main chipset "drivers" is a mis-nomer - they are mostly, or all, *.inf files - information text files - that inform the operating system about the capabilities of the main chipset. Often no drivers are needed for a main chipset device - the operating just needs to know what the device is - or in some cases drivers already built into the operating system are used - e.g. Microsoft's USB 2.0 support, if XP has SP1 or later Windows updates integrated into it.
If you search the web with: EP-8NPA SLI
you will find there are reviews of the mboard you can read to find more info about your model.
Epox EP-8NPA SLI - multiple page detailed review:
A model in the same series
EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review - multiple pages
Further info about my Epox AD580XR.
(Printed multi language ) User's Manual is dated Nov 6 2006.
For Epox, User's Manual = the full mboard manual.
There is also a printed multi language System Installation Guide.
The CD for the mboard has the drivers and Epox utilities for the mboard, but it DOES NOT have the *.pdf for the User's Manual or the System Installtion Guide.
That probably applies to your model too - the User's Guide is probably NOT on the mboard CD, even if you did find it,
It DOES have *.pdf files for:
- the sound
- the bios Setup settings (AD580XR_bios.pdf)
- The Thunder Probe utility
- the RAID features
Info about the RAID features is also in the System Installation Guide.
I DO have the User's Guide *.pdf file - I probably downloaded it from either the epox.tw web site, or from the epox store web site.
It's called AD580XR_English.pdf .
When Epox was going bankrupt, most of their regional web sites except epox.tw went offline, access to the epox.tw site was intermittant and poor - really slow - when it worked, and eventually there was a site in the US that was set up by former Epox employees where you could buy old stock and re-furbished (defective capacitors had been replaced professionally) Epox mboards - the epox store. That's where I bought the AD580XR mboard from, along with a spare bios chip. That site was still there, I think at least until late 2010 - www.epox-store.com - but it's gone now - they have probably sold all the mboards thet had. .
As I recall they had mboard manuals there you could download, but the drivers were to links on the epox.tw web site, which didn't always work.
There are some Epox mboard manuals on the web, but unfortunately the manuals for newer models are not among them.
Models probably made in 2002 or older:
EPoX Motherboard driver download
Last two pages - 14 and 15 - has User's Guides = mboard manuals
Click on the link.
Scroll down to Please, enter verification code.
Type the code in the grey box below that.
Case is probably important - whether the letters are upper or lower case.
Ignore any spaces between the characters.
Click on the BLUE Download button below that
In IE 8, a bar will appear below your toolbars at the top of the resulting screen - click on it and choose Download File
An Internet Explorer error message box will pop up - click on Retry.
A File Download Window will pop up on the resulting page - Save it
In my searches for a manual for your model I didn't find one for the AD580XR either.
8K...... models are Socket A (Socket 462)
No 8N... models found anywhere.