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Ryu Connor
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Those of you who have been keeping up with the back and forth battle that Matt
Geary (and in some small part myself) has become involved in (with a
co-worker’s Abit BX133-RAID) know that the story is one befitting
“The Young and the Restless.”

While I managed to help Matt circumvent a few of his problems, the board
still taunts him. In an effort to help him some more, I was digging around
the Abit USA website FAQ. I know that Abit houses their IRQ breakdown per
PCI slot and other external devices for just about every motherboard there.
What surprised me the most though was the fact that a VP6 FAQ
is already up—one of the largest FAQ’s for any of their available boards,
as far as I can tell.

Among the many gems that abound in the FAQ is
this massive diamond.

Q. Why do I get the Blue-screen of death after loading Liveware 3.0 for
Creative SBLive! Sound card under Windows ME?

A. It’s caused by a conflict between Liveware 3.0 and the HPT driver. Please
manually reserve IRQ5 for legacy ISA in the BIOS PnP/PCI submenu. Please
refer below:

PnP/PCI configurations->Resources controlled by ->manual->IRQ->IRQ5 assigned
to ->legacy ISA-> Save & Exit Setup . One more suggestion, disable unused
COM ports and the LPT port to release more IRQ resources.

Well, doesn’t that sound familiar. This
also came to me just after recommending that Matt try setting up the system
with the HPT370 disabled. But ultimately, something else bugged me about
this.

Off to HighPoint’s website I
went. It was then that my ire at HighPoint instead shifted into anger at
Abit. Not sure what I mean? Check this out. The
archive contains a readme.txt that lists all fixes that have occurred
throughout the life of the HPT370 BIOS. Of particular interests are the
dates of those fixes.

rev 1.0.622—22June2000

To my understanding this is the highest non-beta BIOS release for any Abit
motherboard. Seven whole months? Our own Dissonance has suffered dearly
at the hands of this old and buggy BIOS. His recent review of the
Abit KT7 felt the sting of Maxtor
oddity
. Initially, Dissonance blamed this Microsoft support article provided courtesy of Apu’s Hardware. But Apu and now
Dissonance quickly discovered something I pointed out months ago and have
since recanted and pulled the article from the Unofficial
KT7-RAID FAQ
. To truly add insult to injury, though, the
readme.txt came with one more surprise.

rev 1.0.2—10Aug2000
Fix compatibility issues with Maxtor ATA-100 disks

Hell, that was only four months ago. In that time frame, HighPoint has
already managed to release yet another BIOS. The very BIOS version you
downloaded if you, too, are looking over the read me file in question.

With all that in mind, I took a trip to the Unofficial
KT7-RAID FAQ
at Apu’s
Hardware
which continued to lead to more and more interesting material.
It seems that the IBM
DeskStar
has intermittent success on the HPT370. Even
more intriguing was the information
that these issues were resolved by some of the beta BIOS versions with the higher
revision HPT370 BIOS built in.

Well, Matt, it seems my guess that the IBM Deskstar might be having trouble
on the HPT370 of the BX133-RAID may have been closer to the mark than even I
realized.

With it all said, done, and out in the open now, I have a couple of questions for Abit. When are you going to release a non-beta BIOS to all your HPT370 users?
Don’t you think that seven months has been a long enough wait? Do us all a
favor and bring in this new Millennium with some HPT370 BIOS loving.

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