I have an AT7 MB with an ATAPI ZIP 250 drive and a Toshiba DVD ROM drive off\nof the Via PCI IDE controller on the secondary channel. This MB has the Via\n686B/VT8233 Southbridge. I have had problems with my Zip drive hanging up or\nslowing down my Win2k system.\n\nTherefore I have installed the Via IDE Miniport Driver and the latest\nIOMegaware for the zip drive, since these are mentioned in FAQs as a\nsolution to the Zip ATAPI problems. I am now reading differing hardware\ninstructions between the Abit site and the Via site regarding the hardware\nsetup of devices off of this secondary IDE channel once these drivers and\nsoftware have been installed.\n\nFrom the Abit site at [URL]http://fae.abit.com.tw/eng/faq/qa/2001/2001032601.htm[/URL]\nI read:\n\n1) "We suggest you set ZIP to floppy mode by setting jumper to MasterA and\nSlaveA".\n2) "We suggest you set IDE port which ZIP attached to PIO mode in BIOS (\nZip-100 supports PIO mode 0 only )."\n\nFrom the Via site at [URL]http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=66[/URL] I read:\n\n"IDE Zip drives under Win2k - install the driver and then set the Zip-drive\nto DMA disabled and PIO-mode 1 in BIOS. Open the IDE Tool provided with the\nBus master Driver and set the Zip-drive to PIO-Mode 3."\n\nThese seem to be two differing hardware instructions for the same potential\nproblem.\n\nI am no hardware guru but I can follow instructions if someone who has the\nsame configuration knows what the correct procedure actually is once the\nMiniport driver and IOMegaWare is installed. I have not changed any default\nhardware settings yet. My jumpers for both the Zip and DVD-ROM drive are on\nCSEL. My BIOS setup for the IDE2 channel is whatever the default in the BIOS\nis.\n\nIf anyone can help me out with the hardware side of setting this up to\neliminate W2K Zip-Drive slowdowns and/or hangs with my system, I would\nappreciate the correct information on what I should do. I just need to know\nwhat the correct hardware setting is between the two described above. The\nissue of the Zip drive problem is well-documented on the Abit and Via sites\nbut each having different hardware instructions for aolving the problem\nalong with the same software instructions ( install the latest Miniport and\nIomegaware software ) makes it difficult to know how to proceed\nhardware-wise. I am sure others who have the Via 686B/VT8233 Southbridge and\na Zip drive have alos encountered the problem as I have.