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The Register: Data-corruption bug hits VIA chipsets

Apr 13, 2001, 15:10 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

" VIA has confirmed a data-damaging glitch in its 686B Southbridge chip - a major part of the Taiwanese company's KT-133A chipset - and is working with mobo makers to prepare BIOS updates to fix the problem."

"The southbridge part is used in the vast majority of AMD Athlon-oriented mobos, primarily the KT-133, but it can be used with northbridge parts from the Apollo Pro 133, KX-133A and AMD-76x chipsets too. VIA said it is investigating the problem to see how many chipsets are affected."

"The bug was uncovered by German hardware site Au-Ja! It's not exactly a common problem: the date corruption affects large, 100MB and up file transfers between two hard drives connected to separate IDE channels exchanging the data by DMA. Having a Creative Labs Soundblaster Live card in place seems to exacerbate the problem."

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