Just wanted to let you all know to stay away from Netgear's FA311 NIC. There seems to be a horrible bug on the AMD760/Via chipset combo that will cause your system to hang on reboot when a netgear FA311 card is present.
I personally went through two, yes two FIC AD11 MoBo's before settling on the ASUS A7M266. The system would just seat there, idle. Flashing the BIOS nor installing the current VIA 4in1 drive patch will solve this issue on the FIC AD11, same goes for the ASUS A7M266.
The one and only solution for me was to replace the FA311 card. By the way, I replaced the FA311 card with another Netgear card, just not an FA311.
One last thing, netgear's FA311 NIC will work on other chipsets just fine. So for the time being and while a patch is released, refrain from buying that card.
If the VIA 686B south bridge is so bad then why do motherboard manufacturers still use it when other south bridges are available? Perhaps the 686B is cheap, but wouldn't it be easier to use the AMD south bridge? I personally haven't had any problems with my Abit KT7A even with my SoundBlaster Live! but if the 686B is faulty then why doesn't VIA just release a 686C that fixes the issues?
AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
Does anyone know about a manufacturer "Huge-Bee" in California, they are offering me a nice Motherboard bundle, but I'm not really sure of the Motherboard. It says, HB-KT3ABX. Has anyone ever used their Motherboard?
September 2, 2001 6:34:54 PM
Does anyone know about a manufacturer "Huge-Bee" in California, they are offering me a nice Motherboard bundle, but I'm not really sure of the Motherboard. It says, HB-KT3ABX. Has anyone ever used their Motherboards?