VIA Technologies was kind enough to let us know
that in order to fix the SB Live!/VIA 686B southbridge problem, you have to
reinstall the VIA 4in1 after installation of the SB Live! drivers. The VIA patch
only works if it detects the SB Live! drivers. So if you're using a VIA
based motherboard and have a Sound Blaster Live!, with a clean OS after
installation of your mainboard drivers, videocard drivers and sound card
drivers, you have to reinstall your VIA 4in1's.
A lot of the time when a
product is first released, the drivers aren't mature and
as a result, the performance of certain devices (especially videocards) can be
With subsequent driver releases, performance can be raised by a simple
update. A good example of this would be the performance boost nVidia's GeForce3
got when the DetonatorXP (AKA Detonator 4) drivers were released. These new drivers offered
up to a 25% real world performance increase in
games over the older Detonator3 drivers! Not too shabby for just a
Sometimes drivers need to be installed manually, and if you
don't know where to do this you are going to be out of luck. If there is no easy
setup.exe file for you to click, and only
an ".inf" file you have to do things your self. Here, you'd have to go to your device
manager for your appropriate OS.
Clicking the "Reinstall Driver..."
button would bring you up to this screen...
From here, highlight "Specify a
location". You'd get his next.
If you already know the folder the driver is in, you can
type it at the prompt or you can click the "browse" button and find the folder
yourself. Following all the subsequent
steps will enable your computer to install the drivers to the system because you are telling it
exactly where to find them.
If the drivers are not right for the device, an error will
show, but always try to know what hardware you have so you don't get the wrong driver
versions from the manufacturers website.
You may also have seen things on the web called "beta
drivers". These are drivers that have yet to be certified for use by Microsoft
for their operating system. Beta drivers also carry absolutely no support from their
respective programmers so if you have any problems with them, you're out of
They're not quite as scary as they
sound and if you're adventurous enough to play with them, you probably have a
fair grasp with computer hardware. If they don't work out for you, you can
always try going back to the older ones, so it's not a big
Drivers are essential
for a system to operate properly, and while installing them properly is important for
a new computer, it is also important to regularly update them as well. Doing this can often
solve problems that you might be having and you could even get improved performance
out of it.
Below is a list of links for the drivers you will need
for videocards, motherboards and sound cards. The variety of other devices like
modems and NIC's is too broad to list, so to get them go to the manufacturers