The all-clear for the VIA bug
About two weeks ago the so-called 'VIA bug' sounded like bad news. The southbridge 82C686B should not only lead to data errors but also to data loss due to an integrated error in the case of lengthy copying processes between two EIDE disks on different EIDE channels (when the PCI bus is busy).
Now it is said from VIA internal circles that the problem has been localized and has now been able to determine the cause. According to this, the 'bug' is an incompatibility of the Southbridge with Creative Labs very popular Soundblaster Live !. Furthermore, the hard drives must run with ATA/66 or ATA/100 and an Athlon processor in the PC must do its work. However, it should be possible to fix this problem on the software side with a patch of the 4in1 driver (probably version 4.31). First updates from mainboard manufacturers, which were released a few days ago after the first reports as 'bug fixes', could not yet be recognized as an official solution. Systems equipped with these patches did not run properly in test operation either, which may, however, also be due to other components (e.g. RAM). Users who have the above conditions for this bug should wait for the official fix from VIA.