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Thread: VIA 133A / AGP 2x to 4x issues




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    I have a P3V4X and is has the VIA 133A chipset.

    I can not make my video card run at 4x. It only runs at 2x.

    I am running Windows XP Pro and I have a Apollo SIS315 Video Card. I have the latest 4 in 1 drivers from VIA, Direct X 8.1, the BIOS is set to 4x.

    My system is overclocked from a 866 to a 961.

    Can anyone help with this? This is a pain in the neck.

    Thank you
    Mark


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    That usually happens when you have installed the AGP driver of the 4in1's in "Normal" mode. It needs to be installed in "Turbo" mode for 4xAGP works. ;)
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    I have the 4 in 1 Via dirvers, verison 4.42 and I don't have the opition for the turbo mode? It has the normal mode and that's it. The older verisons of the Via drivers like the 4.29 have the turbo mode opition, I thought it was a automatic install of the turbo opition with the newer drivers.


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    Windows XP Pro
    P3V4X Asus Motherboard
    Pentium III 866 slot 1 @ 1.2
    ATI 9000 Pro
    1 Gig 150mhz SDRAM
    ATA100 40 gig IBM
    ATA100 Maxtor Ultra Control Card
    MX400 Monster Sound Card
    V.92 Modem
    3 Comm Network Card
    48x24x48 CDRW Rom
    52x Asus CD Rom
    16X DVD Rom

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    Yeah that is the problem with the 4n1's with for XP.

    No Turbo Mode.


    Hmmm.

    If someone knows a fix....that would be great!!!


    Cryptik

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    well all i can suggest is the latest drivers from www.viaarena.com thats the 4.43v which just came out the other day

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    Gentlemen,

    I have a P3v4x also, and i tried everything, even the WPCredit from Hoda-San, wich is the most efective way to tweak VIA mainboards.
    Enabling Via AGP4x in the register A8, lockup the system just when you start a 3d application or whatsowhever.
    I would be very pleased to be wrong but i still states:
    "VIA133A+Win2k/WinXP=AGP2x at most".
    Sorry for all of us owners of such a chipset.:cry:

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    Maybe I can find an answer to an old nagging problem I have with this computer.

    I have an MSI 6309 Motherboard , the Via Apollo 133A chipset and an AMI bios. I also have an ATI Radeon VE 32DDR video card.

    This card ran great when I had Win98SE as my OS but I upgraded it to XP Pro a while back. This is when my problem cropped up.

    If I install the native XP Pro drivers for this card everything runs ok but I loose all Open GL capabilities. If I try to install the ATI drivers I am unable to boot my system. Instead... when the system tries to boot I get an error that a system failure occured and would I like to boot from the last known good configuration.

    Is this a problem with the Via Chipset, the Video Card or my bios.

    I've never upgraded the bios or the chipset driver as I am afraid of hosing the system.

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    Updating the 4in1's is no great task, http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthre...;threadid=5234 , and hasn't yet hosed a system on me. The BIOS is another matter and if you can find a technician or someone well practised in BIOS flashing get them to do it for you (while ya watch if you possiblely can). ;)

    The problem though will most likely lay with the BIOS and it not communicatin' with XP properly so the BIOS flash is very likely what's needed (most KT133A boards made before XP was released will suffer from this). :devil win
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    Thanks Wiggo,

    I've looked at the 4in1's but never have the courage to install them. I guess I should just jump in with both feet.

    As far as the bios goes, MSI has a thing called live update which supposedly tells you which version of bios you are running and then lists out the updates that you need. I haven't tried it yet but they say it's pretty safe... hmmm.....brings the hairs on the back of my neck to attention thinking about it.

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    It's high time you learn your ABC's of 4in1's then.
    Nothing to worry about, just a bit of research required - like everything else:thumb:
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