Driver & Support FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about VIA products; please click on the section below you would like more information on.

General Support

 

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Operating System

 


General Support


RAM & CPUs

Q: How much RAM can I put on my motherboard? Which CPUs can I use?

A: For VIA EPIA and VB motherboards, please select your board from the main menu or for legacy products from the EOL section to check the board specifications. For partner motherboards that feature a VIA chipset, VIA cannot advise you on the maximum RAM, HDD capacity, CPU type or any other compatibility/capability issues with your motherboard as it depends on how the motherboard manufacturer has implemented the chipset. Two motherboards based on the same chipset may have different limits. This information must be obtained from the motherboard manufacturer or the motherboard manual.


Drivers

VIA Hyperion Pro Drivers

The VIA Hyperion Pro drivers contain all of the main platform drivers for VIA chipsets. The current release of these drivers is included in Windows 7, 8, and 10 , so at this time there is no need for a separate VIA Hyperion Pro package that supports these Windows versions. However, as updates occur, a package will be released when needed.

Q: I use a legacy Microsoft Windows desktop operating system (i.e. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista) and have a problem with a VIA chipset, or integrated graphics driver, or a system with a VIA chipset. Where can I obtain support?

A: Microsoft and VIA no longer provide official updates or support for these legacy operating systems. VIA chipset and graphics drivers released for use with these operating systems are available from our VIA Driver Downloads Portal; however, VIA no longer supports these driver packages.


BIOS

Q: Where can I obtain a BIOS for my VIA EPIA, VB series or other embedded motherboard?

A: From the main menu highlight the “Boards” tab and select your model, you will find the latest BIOS available for download under the Downloads tab. If your model does not appear in the main menu please look in the EOL section of the website.

Q: Where can I obtain a BIOS for my motherboard? It has a VIA chipset.

A: All BIOS need to be obtained from the motherboard manufacturer’s website, not the chipset manufacturer’s website. For example, if you have an MSI motherboard with a VIA chipset, you need to get your BIOS from MSI, not from VIA.


Operating Systems


A lot of driver support for VIA chips is built into Microsoft Windows 10 (32 and 64-bit). If you’re looking for Windows 10 drivers, please check these FAQs first.


Audio

VIA only provides Windows 10 audio drivers for VIA Vinyl HD Audio Codecs that meet the Windows Logo Premium requirements, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal. These are general sound effect drivers with common functions. System manufacturers and motherboard vendors customize audio hardware and software and therefore, to ensure optimal sound quality and compatibility, we strongly recommend you to obtain the system-validated and certified audio drivers directly from your system manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer.

*Note: If your VIA audio solution is not listed in the VIA Driver portal it does not meet the Windows Logo Premium requirements and therefore is supported by Microsoft’s in-box audio support. If your system uses one of these VIA audio solutions and you are having audio issues using Windows 10 (32 or 64-bit), it is recommended that you install a sound card which has Windows Logo Premium driver support under Windows 10.


VIA IDE, RAID and SATA Drivers

IDE and SATA

IDE and SATA support for VIA’s VT8237R Plus, VT8237S, CN896, CX700/VX700, VX800, VX855, VX900, and VX11 chipsets is included in Windows 10. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

RAID

RAID support for the VIA VT8237S, CX700/VX700, VX800 chipsets and the VIA Vectro VT6421A Serial RAID controller is included in Windows 10. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


Integrated Graphics

VIA has released Windows 10 drivers for the VIA VX900 and VX11 Media System Processors, which can be obtained through the Windows Update tool or from the VIA Driver Download Portal.

*Note: Older VIA chipsets (than the VIA VX900 and VX11 Media System Processors) can run Windows 10 using the default drivers built into Windows 10, but some graphical features may not be supported and it is not recommended.


Ethernet (Networking/LAN)

The VIA Rhine Fast Ethernet Family and VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet Family are supported by Microsoft’s in-box Ethernet support. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


PCI Card Readers

The VIA VX11 Media System Processor supports SDIO3.0 for SD, SD High Capacity (SDHC), SD Extended Capacity (SDXC), MMC, SDHC/SDXC with UHS-I serial cards. Support is included in Windows 10. It is not necessary to download an extra driver.


USB

Full support for VIA Vectro USB 1.1 and 2.0 chipsets and controllers is included in Windows 10. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

*Note: The VIA VX11 Media System Processor includes support for USB 3.0 which is included in Windows 10. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


1394 Firewire Controllers

Support for VIA 1394 Firewire controllers is included in Windows 10. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


A lot of driver support for VIA chips is built into Microsoft Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit). If you’re looking for Windows 8 drivers, please check these FAQs first.

*Note: This section applies for both Windows 8 and 8.1 unless otherwise noted.


Audio

VIA only provides Windows 8 audio drivers for VIA Vinyl HD Audio Codecs that meet the Windows Logo Premium requirements, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal. These are general sound effect drivers with common functions. System manufacturers and motherboard vendors customize audio hardware and software and therefore, to ensure optimal sound quality and compatibility, we strongly recommend you to obtain the system-validated and certified audio drivers directly from your system manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer.

*Note: If your VIA audio solution is not listed in the VIA Driver portal it does not meet the Windows Logo Premium requirements and therefore is supported by Microsoft’s in-box audio support. If your system uses one of these VIA audio solutions and you are having audio issues using Windows 8 (32 or 64-bit), it is recommended that you install a sound card which has Windows Logo Premium driver support under Windows 8.


VIA IDE, RAID and SATA Drivers

IDE and SATA

IDE and SATA support for VIA’s VT8237R Plus, VT8237S, CX700/VX700, VX800, VX855, VX900, and VX11 chipsets is included in Windows 8. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

*Note: VIA has released non-logo VIA StorX-SATA driver updates supporting Hot-Plug, Power Saving, and Port-Multiplier features for the VIA VX900 and VX11 Media System Processors which can be obtained through the VIA Driver Download Portal.

RAID

RAID support for the VIA VT8237S, CX700/VX700, VX800 chipsets and VIA Vectro VT6420, VT6421, VT6421A Serial RAID controllers is included in Windows 8. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


Integrated Graphics

VIA has released Windows 8 drivers for the VIA VX11 and VX900 Media System Processors, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal.

*Note: Older VIA chipsets (than the VIA VX900 and VX11 Media System Processors) can run Windows 8 using the default drivers built into Windows 8, but some graphical features may not be supported and it is not recommended.


Ethernet (Networking/LAN)

For Windows 8.1, the VIA Rhine Fast Ethernet Family and VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet Family solutions are supported by Microsoft’s in-box Ethernet support. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

For Windows 8, VIA has released drivers for the VIA Rhine Fast Ethernet Family and VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet Family solutions, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal.


PCI Card Readers

The VIA VX800, VX855, VX900, and VX11 chipsets have a built in chipset PCI card reader supporting SD, SD High Capacity (HC), MMC, MS and MS pro serial cards. The Windows 8 driver can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal.

*Note: The VIA VX11 Media System Processor also supports SDIO3.0 for SD, SD High Capacity (SDHC), SD Extended Capacity (SDXC), MMC, SDHC/SDXC with UHS-I  serial cards. Support is included in Windows 8. It is not necessary to download an extra driver.


USB

Full support for VIA Vectro USB 1.1 and 2.0 chipsets and controllers is included in Windows 8. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

*Note: The VIA VX11 Media System Processor includes support for USB 3.0 which is included in Windows 8. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


1394 Firewire Controllers

Support for VIA 1394 Firewire controllers is included in Windows 8.  It is not necessary to download extra drivers.


A lot of driver support for VIA chips is built into Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit). If you’re looking for Windows 7 drivers, please check these FAQs first.


Audio

VIA only provides Windows 7 audio drivers for VIA Vinyl HD Audio Codecs and VIA Vinyl Audio Controllers that meet the Windows Logo Premium requirements, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal. These are general sound effects drivers with common functions. System manufacturers and motherboard vendors customize audio hardware and software, so to ensure optimal sound quality and compatibility, we strongly recommend you obtain the system-validated and certified audio drivers directly from your system manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer, not from VIA.

*Note: If your VIA audio solution is not listed in the VIA Driver portal it does not meet the Windows Logo Premium requirements and therefore is supported by Microsoft’s in-box audio support. If your system uses one of these VIA audio solutions and you are having audio issues using Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit), it is recommended that you install a sound card which has Windows Logo Premium driver support under Windows 7.


VIA IDE, RAID and SATA Drivers

IDE and SATA

IDE and SATA support for the VIA VT8237R Plus, VT8237S, CX700/VX700, VX800, VX855, VX900, and VX11 chipsets is included in Windows 7. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

*Note: VIA has released non-logo VIA StorX-SATA driver updates supporting Hot-Plug, Power Saving, and Port-Multiplier features for the VIA VX900 and VX11 Media System Processors which can be obtained through the VIA Driver Download Portal.

VIA has also released the Falcon IDE & SATA Windows 7 logo driver supporting Hot-Plug, Power Saving, and Port-Multiplier features for the following chipsets: VIA VT8237R Plus, VT8237S, CX700/VX700, VX800, VX855, which can be obtained in the VIA Driver Download Portal.

RAID

RAID support for the VIA VT8237S, CX700/VX700, VX800 chipsets and VIA Vectro VT6420, VT6421, VT6421A Serial RAID controllers is included in Windows 7. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

*Note: VIA has released a non-logo Windows 7 VIA StorX-RAID driver for the VIA VX900 Media System Processor to support RAID0/1/0+1/5/JBOD array under Windows 7, which can be obtained through the VIA Driver Download Portal.


Integrated Graphics

VIA has released Windows 7 drivers for the following chipsets: VIA CN896, P4M900, VN896, VX800, VX855, VX900, and VX11, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal.

*Note: Older chipsets can run Windows 7 using the default drivers built into Windows 7, but some graphical features may not be supported and it is not recommended.


Ethernet (Networking/LAN)

VIA has released Windows 7 drivers for the VIA Rhine Fast Ethernet Family and VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet Family solutions, which can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal.


PCI Card Readers

The VIA VX800, VX855, VX900, and VX11 chipsets have a built in MSP PCI card reader supporting SD, SD High Capacity (HC), MMC, MS and MS pro serial cards. The Windows 7 driver can be found at the VIA Driver Download Portal.

*Note: The VIA VX11 Media System Processor also supports SDIO3.0 for SD, SD High Capacity (SDHC), SD Extended Capacity (SDXC), MMC, SDHC/SDXC with UHS-I  serial cards. The non-logo Windows 7 driver can be found at the  VIA Driver Download Portal.


USB

Full support for VIA Vectro USB 1.1 and 2.0 chipsets and controllers is included in Windows 7. It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

*Note: The VIA VX11 Media System Processor includes support for USB 3.0. VIA has released a Windows 7 driver which can be obtained at the VIA Driver Download Portal.


1394 Firewire Controllers

Support for VIA 1394 Firewire controllers is included in Windows 7.  It is not necessary to download extra drivers.

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