Abit BE6-2 UDMA66

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cliff.mcloughlin
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Since upgrading from a Gigabyte GA6BXE to an Abit BE6-2 to get the use from my 2 Maxtor UDMA66 drives (20 & 40 GB) I have been having problems with the PC locking. Emailing Abit and HighPoint has been of little help (although HighPoint mad a couple of suggestions which didn't help and didn't come back to me when I emailed them the results)

My PC is a 450MHz P3 with 256MB RAM, Ati expert at Play AGP card, Soundblaster 16 PCI and ISA modem with DC30+. I have the latest BIOS from Abit and the latest drivers from HighPoint.

I first connected my hard disks to the UDMA66 channels 1 & 2 (leaving 3 & 4 free) My CD and CDRW went on the Motherboard IDE (UDMA33) channels 1 & 2 and my Seagate tapedrive on motherboard channel 3 with channel 4 free. Everything seemed to work OK and pinnacle expert reported around 30MB/sec transfer from my HDDs. I captured all the raw video from a friends wedding and edited it. I found that the PC hung when scrubbing the timeline in Premiere and again when playing back to tape. After a lot of frustration recapturing clips because I assumed corrupted AVIs I eventually opened the case and reconfigured the PC to use the HDDs on the UDMA33 channels. Suddenly everything worked perfectly.

I emailed Abit and Highpoint about the problem a number of times. Eventually High Point replied and suggested that I try manually changing the mode on the UDMA66 drives and using a 40 strand lead. I tried this and the results were as follows:

1 80 Strand lead, UDMA4 on Highpoint - hangs

2 80 Strand lead, UDMA3 on highpoint - hangs

3 80 Strand lead, UDMA2 on Highpoint - hangs (I think this is UDMA33??)

4 40 Strand lead, UDMA4 on Highpoint - OK (but running as UDMA33)

5 80 Strand lead, UDMA33 on Motherboard - OK

6 40 Strand lead, UDMA33 on Motherboard - OK

I tried 2 different 80 strand leads (one supplied by Abit and one by Maxtor) with the same results.

I have now ended up with the following setup: UDMA33 Ch1 & 2 HDDs, Ch3 & 4 CD & CDRW, UDMA66 Ch1 Tape drive, UDMA66 Ch 2,3 & 4 free.

I have just read the Abit BE6 Motherboard/Fujitsu UDMA66 thread and see a similar sort of problem.

Has anyone any suggestions as to how I can get hard disks to work on the UDMA66 channels as I have just installed a Raptor and will want to add more HDD capacity soon.

Thanks

Good Luck

Cliff

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tonyco
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Joined: Jul 7 1999

This is a board that I have had major diffculties with in the past. It seems some drives work great and others fall flat on their faces. I have had issues with Maxtor and IBM GXP75 drives. Having said that I have used older IBM drives and had cracking results.
I would advise switching off the controller in the BIOS and using a Promise UDMA66 or UDMA100 card.

I have understand that there is now a release 2 version of the BE6-II board which uses a newer UDMA100 Raid Controller from HighPoint, but I haven't tryed it yet and I am not sure I will either.

Good Luck

Tony Cobley www.infomedia-hps.co.uk

Regards

Tony Cobley
www.infomedia-hps.co.uk

markw
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Joined: Jul 9 1999

I have haad problems rendering from MSP6VE when using a 6GB maxtor as boot on UDMA33 and a 20gb maxtor on the Abit BE6-II on-board UDMA66 controller. Whenever the program starts a render I was getting a total system crash, at other times everything works fine. I thought it must be a highpoint UDMA66 problem because with the same drives both on UDMA33 it works fine. I'm now using a 20gb fujitsu & the 20gb maxtor (both on udma33) with no problems. I suppose during rendering the prog might access both drives causing a conflict between the 66 & 33. If anyone has tried any of the bios upgrades on this board I'd be interested to discover their experiences. I'm loath to mess with anything now things are finally working correctly.

Michael Renn
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Joined: Aug 30 2000

I too had trouble with the Abit BE6-11 which I purchased in order to use the UDMA66. I believe the trouble lies in the UDMA highpoint controller. I swapped over to the AsusP3V4X with the Via Apollo Pro133A chipset board, which uses an on board chip to control the UDMA66. I find this board works a treat, and is so much faster than any of the BX boards I had used previously and has no problems running at UDMA66.
One thing to be aware of:- I run mine with 256 meg of PC100 Ram, but needed to use Cas2 type as ordinary generic Ram is often not fast enough for this board.
Hope this helps, Mike

njc-2
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Joined: Oct 1 2000

The answer is check if that version of MB can have the highpoint controller disabled. If it can then buy a Promise UDMA-66 or 100 controller. The highpoint one's are rubbish..

You should get the promise Ultra 66 for £30 or less..

cliff.mcloughlin
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Joined: Apr 24 1999

Thanks for all the suggestions. I've tried all (including beta) BIOS and driver updates from Abit/HighPoint with absolutely no improvement. I've now bought a Promise Ultra 100 card (about £40 from Simply) and things are working well. It's a real shame that Abit can't use Promise chips as they're much better - at least they work!! My experience now says buy a standard board and add a Promise controller to get more drives attached.

Good Luck

Cliff

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