therefore i am asking what drives specifically work with the via chipset i listed.
is it none? or is there one?[/quote]ODD support of older revisions Via southbridges is extremely poor. The drive might work in basic operation, but will lack advanced features. Also failed firmware updates are reported.
I second the recommendation of using a Sata PCI controller with Silicon Image chipset and Base Bios (non-Raid) applied.