Not sure if this will get a response, but, here goes! Once again, the abit forums yield no helpfull information. I just switched from an AV8 to an AX8, because my friend didn't want it, and he was also giving me his X800XL(HIS ati silencer!). Anywho, the only major difference between the boards, aside from 1 fewer fan header, is the chipset. It supports 4 sata's as opposed to 1, has 3 ide plugs, yadda yadda. The install went fine. Booted first try.
I've encountered two issues. The first being more annoying than anything else. In the bios, there are two IDE controllers, both are enabled. I've installed the via chipset drivers, the newest, and even the older ones on abit's site, but neither pack seems to have drivers for these IDE controllers. The system detects a Primary and Secondary controller, but fails to install the drivers for them, even when I point them to the inf file. I've tried to use device manager to update the file, using the "have disk" option, and when I point it to the only INF that it will accept, it gives me this list of controllers:
Via Bus Master IDE Controller - 0571
Via Bus Master IDE Controller -0581
Via Bus Master IDE Controller - 3164
Via Bus Master IDE Controller - 5324
Via Serial ATA Controller - 0591
Via Serial ATA Controller - 3149
Via Serial ATA Controller - 3349
Via Serial ATA Controller - 5287
Via Serial ATA Controller - 5337
Whats odd, is that listed below the two "unknown devices" is a properly installed Via Bus Master IDE Controller - 0571. If i disable the two controllers in device manager, my CD/dvd-roms are not visible in explorer, if I keep them enabled, but improperly installed, the drives work.
The other issue, is that my mic is being strange. When I connect with someone over VOIP, yahoo, xfire, or whatever, any audio that I play on my system is heard by the person I'm talking to. I don't mean that the mic is picking up ambient noise, i mean that if I listen to a song, that song is audible, in full volume, by whoever I'm speaking with. To make sure it wasn't just being extra sensitive, I unplugged ALL speakers/headphones, and the mic, and played a song, and it was heard by the person I was speaking with. Not only that, their voice is repeated, in full volume back to them. It's as if all my audio is outputting to the mic in, but I can also use the mic in as a mic at the same time...
Sorry for the long post, they're odd situations, and require lots of explanation...and I also apologize for any confusion, my articulation isn't the best sometimes.
system specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 3700
Abit AX8 3rd-eye (bios 14)
ATI Radeon X800XL
Arctic cooling ATI silencer 4
1GB Mushkin XP4400 DDR550
36 GB SATA WD Raptor
160 GB Samsung Spinpoint
Lite-on 16x DVD player
Lian Li PC-V1000
Enermax Noisetaker 485W