Check this out...a post on the AMD zone BBS:
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MUST READ about via 4.31s..................
Date Posted: May/18/2001 12:19 PM
Downloaded the via 4.31 drivers from their site which must mean they are official.
These drivers included a fix for the infamous 686b and live! Transfer problem where computers tend to freeze
when copying large files from one drive on one channel to another with DMA enabled.
I tried to install the drivers in Win Me and the computer froze - not a good start. Did a fresh reinstall of Win Me
with the Live! removed, installed the 4.31s and then added the Live! and all other drivers.
Result - I now have a totally stable system for the first time since using this hardware! I've tested all my
programs and benchmarks - no performance loss or compatibility issues; also every possible effort was made to
crash my system, but it's just rock solid! Thank you via for a fix that works (for me anyway!)
Interestingly, I've noticed that a buffer seems to have been added to the copying process. When I copied files
from one drive to another previously, both drives would be in a continuous active state. Now the drive writes in
small increments - e.g. pauses, writes, pauses, writes and so on as if a memory buffer has been set up. This
makes sense as it puts less strain on the bus and helps bypass the problem.
Message edited by: Deanodarlo on 05/18/2001 12:49:20