KA11 motherboard review
Klein on May 5, 2000 - Page 2/5
surprised that Windows detected everything on the motherboard
and installed the built in drivers accordingly. Just in case,
I felt it was best to install the version 4.17 drivers that
VIA offers from their website. I have heard from many people
that the version 4.2 drivers may cause instability and the
most important thing I value in a motherboard is stability.
package that VIA offers from their website, called the VIA
4-in-1, includes everything needed to update the Windows
components. This includes the AGP driver, IDE busmaster
driver, IRQ routing driver, and the ACPI registry.
getting all of the drivers squared away in Windows 98, I felt
it was time to do the all important stability tests. I used
this motherboard as my primary board for hours surfing the net
and playing games.
What I found
out really surprised me… while I was able to get this board
stable at the default 500MHz with my Pentium III 500
Coppermine it refused to run stable above 133MHz front side
bus, or 667MHz from the CPU perspective. The system would
simply lock up hard. My first instinct was to use the 4.2 VIA
drivers, so I loaded them up on my system. These drivers were
no better than the 4.17 drivers, so I reverted to the 4.17.
around at FIC's web site revealed that there were indeed
problems with this particular board and BIOS. Their site had a
BIOS readily available to combat this problem, so I downloaded
it. After flashing the BIOS, I expected the 133MHz + FSBs to
be a little more stable. In disappointment, they were not. I
was still greeted by the harsh lock-ups previously
I have tried
just about every combination imaginable with the hardware I
own, I have switched the PCI devices around, used 3 different
128MB DIMMs and used various BIOS combinations. With an extra
old P3 450MHz lying around, I decided to pop this CPU in.
Still, the system was not stable with the 133MHz + FSBs. Oddly
enough, the two CPUs I used in the motherboard, a P3 500E and
a P3 450, were both stable in BX motherboards at 133MHz +
quirk I had with this motherboard is that the system would not
do a soft off. This is used to automatically shut down Windows
when the shut down option is selected on an ATX system.
The system would shut down, but only for a split second.
After that split second, the system would power back
up. That can't be good for a 7200-RPM hard drive to spin down
and spin up so fast.
this day, I can't get the system to shut down automatically.
Even using a totally different combination of hardware yielded
the same result. My
best conclusion on this matter would be that the motherboard
sent to me is defective.
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