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Never flash a non reference card.

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I got a HIS ATI 6950 2gb from microcenter, which happens to be non reference. I force flashed the bios, trying to unlock it into a 6970. bad idea, never try it unless you have a bios switch, or you WILL brick your card.

just a heads up.
post #2 of 6
You can un-brick it.

If your motherbaord has 2x PCI-e slots you can put your bricked card into the 2nd slot (PEG1)
Boot with the good card in the 1st slot (PEG0) and when you execute the flash of the stock BIOS just specify it's for PEG1.
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I couldn't unbrick it because I booted up in IGP mode

then I made a bootdisk, ran atiflash, which didn't even recognise my card

I just exchanged it at microcenter, then they gave me 20 bucks from the price drop while they were at it. Life was good.
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I can envision the unlock AMD guys just glance at this thread and click 'back' in attempt to erase this from memory... another unlock failure thread gets purposely unnoticed and unmentioned.
I'm keeping track.
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Have you heard of RBE?
That's what you use to unlock non-ref cards.

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159

Quote:
... If you have a custom design or 1 GB card, then use RBE to modify your existing BIOS. Save the BIOS from your card, load it into RBE, enable the shader unlock option on the last tab, then flash that modified BIOS to the card instead of the one downloaded from this page.
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um I got a non reference card and it has a bios switch.
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