Paul and his Abit KT7/KT7A FAQ have landed a new bios from Abit that includes a fix for the problems associated with the VIA 686b south bridge. This bios is BETA and should be installed at your own risk. Here is a list of details:
- Change the default setting of primary/secondary master/slave IDE to "auto-detecting".
- Change the following three register valus to be "0" as recommended by certain hardware review webpage. -PCI Delay Transaction = 0 -PCI mast Read Caching = -PCI Latency = 0
The options of above three settings will be available on next release. This beta bios is with register values revised but not adjustable.
Any bug report to the following email please firstname.lastname@example.org
This bios appears to only work for the Abit KT7A motherboard, though its possible it could work on the KT7 also.
For more information on this bios check out Paul's FAQ.
You can download the BETA 686b Bios right here.
Both Epox and HardTecs4u let us know that Epox is the first motherboard manufacturer to offer a bios update to fix the VIA 686b southbridge problem. This new bios addresses the Epox EP-8KTA2 and the EP-8KTA3. Lets hope more motherboard manufacturers follow in Epox's footsteps soon.
For those who are unaware. VIA has made public, problems with their 686b south bridge. The main problems appear to be large file transfers and problems with the Creative Sound Blaster live.
You can download the new Epox bios here.