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There are a lot of factors causing the problem some of us are suffering, but many people have recently reported that the following has solved their VIA chipset + SB Live! hanging problems:

VIA SouthBridge 82C686B Bug

 A German hardware site discovered a glitch bug in the 686B Southbridge of its popular KT133A chipset for AMD CPUs. Large DMA data transfers between hard drives on separate IDE channels caused data corruption. The presence of a Sound Blaster Live! worsens the problem.
 VIA has confirmed the problem and will issue a BIOS patch soon. Meanwhile, there is a patch available at <A HREF='http://www.viahardware.com/download/viatweak.shtm'>http://www.viahardware.com/download/viatweak.shtm</A>. Alternatively, you can use these BIOS settings that have been reported to work:

PCI Delay Transaction: 0 or off
PCI Master Read Caching: 0 or off
PCI Latency: any value from 0 to 32


NOTE: these latest BIOS settings doesn’t appear on your BIOS menu unless you install the latest beta update from <A HREF=’http://www.viahardware.com/faq/kt7/downloads/BIOS/kt7ztb01.zip’>http://www.viahardware.com/faq/kt7/downloads/BIOS/kt7ztb01.zip</A&gt;

In any case, if you’re experiencing problems, check <A HREF=’http://www.viahardware.com>http://www.viahardware.com</A&gt; in order to seek for info.

PLEASE NOTE: I know you’re not stupid, but if you flash the BIOS and don’t know much about configuring it, REMEMBER TO WRITE DOWN YOUR ACTUAL CONFIG !!! And of course, don’t blame if it makes your computer explode or sth like that ๐Ÿ˜›

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In any case, if you’re experiencing problems, check <A HREF=’http://www.viahardware.com’>http://www.viahardware.com</A&gt; to seek for info.

PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to flash the BIOS, and don’t know much about configuting it, REMEMBER TO WRITE DOWN THE ACTUAL CONFIG !!! And of course don’t blame if it makes your computer explode or sth like that ๐Ÿ˜›

Hope it helps ๐Ÿ˜‰ !

PS: Why is message length limited? I’ve had to divide it in two!

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Oh, so this fucking automated forum thinks I post too much? Well, let’s see if we get a higher score with this other one… ๐Ÿ˜›
Next time I won’t give advices, fuck it ๐Ÿ˜€

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