___I installed the 4.29â€™s into my sonâ€™s KT133A gaming performance HTPC from initial build last week and have had no trouble with stability, sound, or video problems with a GeForce2 GTS and a Creative Live Value II. They truly work well for this combination â€¦ I am only on my second set of M-Audio Delta drives with 3 more to go and they still do no work properly under Millennium using the AP2496 while playing back with WinDVD 2000 ver. 2.6.4. Audio stuttering is the problem, not crashes. I have been fighting this VIA/M-Audio problem for many months and have little hope that it has been solved. Once I get to my last two releases of the M-Audio drivers installed, I should know for sure. The 686B patch can be completely adjusted in the BIOS if you have the right board. I installed them and than found out more about what the patch does. The problem is not with WinDVD 2000 ver. 2.6.4 crashes but the audio stutter with the M-Audio cards and the same player. What I would not do for this fix with the M-Audio card given the total cost and general performance of the AMD/VIA HTPC solution currently.
___Thanks for the heads up and if you own a VIA chipset yourself, make sure you visit Via Hardware on a regular basis for updates. I stay away from the Betaâ€™s in this case but the information posted is very solid.
___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
[This message has been edited by xcel (edited 04-18-2001).]