Motherboard Compatibility Issues (ABIT)
This is a letter I wrote to all the email addresses I could find with Abit. Please email Abit after reading this to have them give a fix to this problem.
I have purchased your newest motherboard, the BE6, and have run into a big
wall. I also bought the new Fasttrak 66 controller card from Promise Tech. so
that I could either stripe or mirror my 2 new hard drives, Western Digitals' 18.0
GB Ultra 66DMA(7200RPM). At this time it appears that there are compatibility
issues with the mass storage devices IRQ's. There is no way to disable these
2 PCI mass storage device controllers in the BIOS, and as I have been told by
one of your technicians, there are no plans to add this feature in the future.
Well, when you add a raid card, such as the Fasttrak66 card, it too also loads
with one PCI mass storage controller of its own. This then makes the
motherboard see 3 mass storage controllers at the same time! This Fasttrak
card then takes over IRQ11 and sets the 2 other motherboard mass storage
controllers to IRQ 15. This locks up windows every single time and then will not
boot up to windows. EVER.
Now I purchased this motherboard with thoughts of having a very compatible,
upgradeable and easily changeable BIOS, that had lots of special features. I
am sure that I am not alone in this reason for purchasing this board. I am
asking that you give me and all your future customers of this board a way to
utilize other PCI add on cards such as the Fasttrak66 without conflicts. All it
should take is a small, quick BIOS upgrade. As more boards are made and
introduced each day, I would like to believe that your company wants to go
forward and not backwards. By not leaving the end user an "out", this and
other boards will find there way to the archives of newer boards that could
have been a rare find. And as your motherboards start to decline in being user
friendly, so too will your customer base.
Please take the time to read this, and then read it again. This small problem
will get out very fast to websites that cater to all kinds of computer related
articles. I will be waiting for a fast reply. Thank you for your time and I will be
looking forward to a solution to this problem.
P.S. Email all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will no longer have this email
address(email@example.com) as of 9/05/1999.
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