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  1. I don't have a Z170 Motherboard. I have a Z87 Motherboard. User 98SE is the only one I know experimenting with a Z170. My other Motherboards are AMD based. Your Motherboard may have a problem with AHCI. I didn't see any setting in the User Manual.
  2. T+328800 Interesting. Apparently the Soundblaster Driver is not properly handling Interrupts. Which did you use, FIXINTR, FIXINTR#, or FIXEOI?
  3. I examined that Driver to determine what Versions it supported. It supports Device IDs: 10EC:8136, 10EC:8167, 10EC:8168, and 10EC:8169. There does not appear to be any Revision Checks so it could possibly support newer Versions as they come out.
  4. It works fine. I measured a transfer rate of around 300Mbs through a 1Gbs Switch to an RTL8111B System. Not full speed but much better than the alternative.
  5. I decided to test the performance of the NDIS2 Driver as compared to the Tenda Driver. I copied a 1GB File within a remote RAMDISK and measured the time needed. The Tenda Driver set the NIC to 100Mbs and took 196 Seconds (Read + Write) for an expected rate of 10.4MB/Sec. The NDIS2 Driver set the NIC to 1000Mbs and took 64 Seconds (Read + Write) for a rate of 31.2MB/Sec. Although significantly slower than full speed, it was 3 times faster than the currently available alternative. Moving the NET START Command to the end of AUTOEXEC.BAT eliminated any impact on DOS performance so it is a keeper.
  6. I looked up your Motherboard's specifications. It lists your NIC as a RTL8111C/RTL8111H. The RTL8111C is compatible with 9x. I don't know why the dual designation. The Motherboard has decent USB 2 support and 2 PS/2 Connectors. It lacks PCI Slots and I did not see any option to turn off AHCI. This could be a problem for Hard Drives.
  7. There have been some recent postings on the NDIS2 Driver. It is a DOS Driver, not a Windows 9x Driver. It will be interesting to see how well it performs.
  8. @ragnargd T+1800
  9. There is no Driver for the 8111E that I know of. I found a Tenda Driver for a different NIC that apparently has experimental code for the 8111 in it. The INF File had the entry commented out. It runs, but puts up a warning on boot and only runs at 100Mbs. I have posted on this subject before.
  10. I have a MSI 970A SLI Krait. It will support SATA Drives using my SATA Patch. My SATA Patch will support most PCI-E SATA Cards as long as they are not RAID-only or AHCI-only. The jMicron Controllers appear to work.
  11. I see five sets of Disk Controllers listed. This can cause problems. I recommend that you remove all of the Controllers that you can from Safe Mode, and then let Windows redetect them. Also I noticed that two sets (ATA0104) are set to RAID Mode. If you did this as a workaround for the VIA Problem, run the PATCHPCI Program and then switch the Controllers to IDE.
  12. The SATA Patch was updated in 2011. Only the INF was from 2009. Only a few people ever got the 2009 Version. Try logging your Boot and finding the last Driver loaded in BOOTLOG.TXT. The only Optical Drive issue I know of is that Microsoft does not allow an Optical Drive to be a Primary Master on a Legacy Controller. If your DVD Drive is connected to the SIL3512 Card, you either need their Driver or the ATA0180.INF File that is a free Option on my SATA Patch.
  13. Caching will provide an improvement over not having a Cache, particularly if the same Sectors are being reread. Since Compatibility Mode uses the Real Mode Mapper to access the Disk, you do not get most support from the Windows 9x subsystems. Performance will still not be comparable to Full 32-Bit Mode. Safe Mode puts everything in Compatibility Mode. There is a design flaw in SmartDrive that limits a Partition to 137GB in DOS or Windows. Corruption can occur on larger Partitions.
  14. Safe Mode displays all Devices, recognized or not. They are not loaded so you don't get excamation points. In Normal Mode, go to "Add Hardware" in the Control Panel and manually Install the PCI Bus Driver.
  15. Looking for the routine causing a crash by examining the Export Addresses may not be particularly effective, especially for KERNEL32.DLL. KERNEL32.DLL APIs often consist of a small piece of validation code followed by a jump or call to the main routine elsewhere.