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mvp3g2 board/via 4in1 driver
unbroken Aug-09-00 03:01 PM
Just put a g2 board in my k6-3 450 machine; everything seems ok, but also put a DMA66 maxtor drive in, and system doesn't seem as fast as I expected. I'm using win98 drivers; contacted Epox, who said I didn't need to install 4in1 drivers...system is stable presently, and I do like that .
What benefits, if any, would I see from the VIA drivers.

1. RE: mvp3g2 board/via 4in1 driver
lbyard Aug-09-00 03:29 PM
In response to message 0
Tom, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” Frankly, I have seen no noticeable performance advantages with the 4-in-1 drivers. If you start having AGP, etc. problems install the 4-in-1 drivers. If you need USB download install the USB filter driver, which is not part of the 4-in-1 suites. Some HP USB devices (off-hand-I forget which) have USB problems without the driver (there is mention of that fact on HP’s site and I think there is more on it on Microsoft’s site). Be sure you have the most recent BIOS installed. The one dated in April, 2000 dramatically improved ATA/66 burst performance. Be sure DMA is checked in the Control Panel, System Properties, Device Manager, Disk Drives… Be sure the drive is set for ATA/66. Most disk drive manufactures have a utility that you can download to change the drive from ATA/33 to ATA/66 and vice versa. Use the ATA/66 cable supplied with the motherboard. It is labeled system or something like that for the motherboard end. The other end (the very end) must be attached to the ATA/66 hard disk. Other devices, such as a CD-ROM, attached to the ATA/66 cable with the hard disk will probably slow-down the drive. Larry

2. RE: mvp3g2 board/via 4in1 driver
unbroken Aug-09-00 07:42 PM
In response to message 1
Thanks a lot! I downloaded the bios update (my board came with one dated 3/3/00), and installed it; all ok. I already had the drives set for DMA in the win98 device settings, and the bios reports the disk in DMA66 mode during startup...am using the dma66 cable, correctly hooked up, no other devices on it's ide primary channel( I even removed my old dma33 drive after copying it to the new one; cd-rom and hp cd writer on secondary channel). I also got the agp and usb filter drivers and installed them. (using hp usb So I guess everything's ok, and the system does seem a bit faster. Thanks again for your help; your site is a great resource!
Peace, Tom

3. RE: mvp3g2 board/via 4in1 driver
unbroken Aug-09-00 07:57 PM
In response to message 1
...just a last follow-up; I finally got back down to my primary use for this machine, archiving live dat recordings I've made onto cd using Sound Forge 4.0. I've noticed a big speed increase in the opening, copying, editing and saving of these files, some as large as 2 GB. I bought this board after your recommendation on this site, along with the maxtor drive, just to speed this work up, and I'm more than satisfied.
Thanks again!

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