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Reflashing issue

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Ok so my 5850 has been unstable on it's flashed MSI unlocked BIOS, it was also over-volted but i have returned volts back to stock as well as clock speeds.

Now i want to reflash its stock Sapphire BIOS and i've been checking these guides:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=57750

http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/671...5850-bios.html

But for some reason it isn't working... very frustrating since i managed to flash the card successfully a year ago but now can't recall what im doing wrong.

So i followed all the steps had the correct files on the USB device as well as the USB being formatted in FAT32 with DOS bootup files. I have my sapphire bios on the USB and boot files. I'm beginning to think i may be doing the wrong thing in the BIOS.

I have a Gigabyte MB so i hit F12 to select boot device. There are a number of USB devices (USB-HDD, USB-ZIPP etc). I've tried booting them all and the main two that seem to actually work are ZIPP and HDD. I select either of them and text comes up and goes down to being a C:/ prompt which I then type in "atiflash -p 0 sapphire.bin" (sapphire.bin which is what i renamed the BIOS file on the USB) and the same message I get after attempting both guides is file not found.

Does anyone know how to fix this? Or has anyone flashed an ATI card on a Gigabyte MB and would care to explain?

Thanks
post #2 of 7
So, the problem is that either atiflash or sapphire.bin can't be found.

At the C:\\ prompt, type "dir", no quotes. You should see one entry for atiflash.exe and one for sapphire.bin. If one or more are not there, then you have a problem setting up the flash drive.
post #3 of 7
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Oh no.. So i put in your command and both files were there atiflash and my sapphire bios file.

What i noticed was strange was that the BIOS file was sapphi~1.bin

So i went back into the C:/ and force flashed with the above filename and it worked but i'm quite sure i just bricked my card...

The computer is running but screensaver is still on..
post #4 of 7
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I'm thinking of just purchasing a new card as i've had issues with the card for the last few months.

Would it be as simple as taking the old one out and putting the new one in to fix the problem?
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Originally Posted by Synops View Post
I'm thinking of just purchasing a new card as i've had issues with the card for the last few months.

Would it be as simple as taking the old one out and putting the new one in to fix the problem?
That would be it.

The reason that file was named with the ~1 is that it wasn't actually named sapphire.bin. In DOS, you are limited to 8.3 file names (eight characters dot three characters). Since sapphire.bin is 8.3, but you are getting a ~1, you didn't actually name in that. You probably had it named sapphire.bin.bin.

Nevertheless, if the flash worked, then it was successful. You could try again, but it probably won't make a difference. Without any additional data, I would agree with your assessment of a bad card.

All you'd have to do is power down, unplug and remove the card, put in the new one, and go.

Question: do you have the correct 8pin/6pin connectors plugged in for the card? I'm just bringing this up since I've done that before, and had weird intermittent issues like you describe.
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That would be it.

The reason that file was named with the ~1 is that it wasn't actually named sapphire.bin. In DOS, you are limited to 8.3 file names (eight characters dot three characters). Since sapphire.bin is 8.3, but you are getting a ~1, you didn't actually name in that. You probably had it named sapphire.bin.bin.

Nevertheless, if the flash worked, then it was successful. You could try again, but it probably won't make a difference. Without any additional data, I would agree with your assessment of a bad card.

All you'd have to do is power down, unplug and remove the card, put in the new one, and go.

Question: do you have the correct 8pin/6pin connectors plugged in for the card? I'm just bringing this up since I've done that before, and had weird intermittent issues like you describe.
Well the Sapphire.bin file was one from a year ago not a freshly downloaded BIOS, I guess i'm learning to be ore careful in future lol.

The PCIE power cables? Yeah well they are the ones that came with my corsair HX-650 and have been plugged into the card ever since i got it, and i havent touched them. If that's what your asking..

Thanks for your help
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Originally Posted by Synops View Post
Well the Sapphire.bin file was one from a year ago not a freshly downloaded BIOS, I guess i'm learning to be ore careful in future lol.
Yeah, you gotta be careful

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The PCIE power cables? Yeah well they are the ones that came with my corsair HX-650 and have been plugged into the card ever since i got it, and i havent touched them. If that's what your asking..
Yeah, that was what I was asking. I was just checking, because you never know...

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Thanks for your help
You're welcome. I'm happy to be of any assistance. If you need anything else, just ask.
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