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It's really about compatibility with your OS install. If your windows is installed on top of a UEFI Bios then UEFI would be more compatible. It's probly Legacy though if Legacy's been working for you

    
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It's really about compatibility with your OS install. If your windows is installed on top of a UEFI Bios then UEFI would be more compatible. It's probly Legacy though if Legacy's been working for you

i feel for you, k. i will never buy from egg again. never. their price gouging practices really left a bad taste. i initially bought 2 290s. one from egg and the other (one i have) from provantage. cancelled the one from egg. i think that was a blessing in disguise.
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Yeah it definitely sux. Sending me a BSOD Elpida with only 6 days to rma was shady tactics. I've always bought most of my main components from them too

    
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With regards to crossflashing, is there anything that can be done when a card just doesn't seem to accept the Device ID change? Bios flashes fine, and I can see that it is indeed the new one upon reboot, but I also find that the Device ID is still at what it originally was even though atiflash shows both the old and new Device ID during the flash process. Doesn't matter how many times I try or how many different bios files I use. Device ID just refuses to budge. And yes, I am using the force flash command.
post #105 of 214
Hi there,
you made a wonderful tutorial... just one thing is incorrect: the part about the PCI-e ... those do not refer to Slot numbers but GPU number as detected by the ADL, usually matching OCL and therefore PCI-e slots, but not always... like in the case of multi GPU cards like the ATI 5970 (dual 5870), AMD 6990 (dual 6970) or AMD 7990 (dual 7970).

In those cases the ADL could still match the OCL (or being inverted), but for sure they do not match the PCI-e slots, let me clarify that:

Let's say I have in PCI-e Slot 0 the ATI 5970 (Hemlock - with the Cypress ASICs) which is basically like two ATI 5870 in one card and I let's say I also have a AMD 7970 (Tahiti ASIC) in the PCI-e Slot 1.

(by the way the PCI-e bus address do not correspond always to the number silk-screened on the motherboard - PCI-e enumeration depending on direction of the actual connection tracks and usually goes from farthest to closest to the CPU; ADL, APP and OpenGL and OpenCL is made in software so could depend to the OS (windows, Linux, Mac, etc) and drivers version)

Now based on your assumptions to flash them I would have to type:

atiwinflash -f -p 0 5970.rom
atiwinflash -f -p 1 7970.rom

But if anybody would have done that they would have flashed the ATI 5970 Slave Cypress ASIC BIOS chip with the 7970 BIOS code and nothing on the actual AMD 7970 Tahiti BIOS chip... obviously causing problem, since one card would have half 5970 code and half 7970 code try to compete for the card control, and the other nothing, if you were trying to fix the AMD 7970 BIOS non-boot problem now you would have two cards that would not boot until you remove them and place another card that works... hopefully you have a third one.

Here is the pics to prove my point:





post #106 of 214
First thanks for the guide. But my flash did not go without a hitch.

I flashed a 290 tri-x to powercolor pcs+. Flash went fine. But it would not boot, just kept failing to boot and going to automatic repair.

So I booted in safe mode and used DDU to uninstall 13.12. Then it booted, showing both 290s as basic displays. I installed drivers.

Now it won't boot again.

Edit oh great I tried it in safe mode thinking it's ok since card is dual bios, it's hanging on the "please wait flashing in progress." Bar just keeps moving and then repeating. Been 15 minutes. Can I just force shutdown? Hope someone will tell me real soon lol.
Edited by taem - 3/11/14 at 12:30pm
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does the last atiwinflash work with 290(any version, reference tri-x ecc)?
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Originally Posted by taem View Post

First thanks for the guide. But my flash did not go without a hitch.

I flashed a 290 tri-x to powercolor pcs+. Flash went fine. But it would not boot, just kept failing to boot and going to automatic repair.

So I booted in safe mode and used DDU to uninstall 13.12. Then it booted, showing both 290s as basic displays. I installed drivers.

Now it won't boot again.

Edit oh great I tried it in safe mode thinking it's ok since card is dual bios, it's hanging on the "please wait flashing in progress." Bar just keeps moving and then repeating. Been 15 minutes. Can I just force shutdown? Hope someone will tell me real soon lol.

 

I had a black screen 290x that BS'd during bios flashing a few times on me. I just booted from the other bios, then flipped the switch after it was booted and flashed over the bricked bios 

Does the 290 have the same type of dual bios as the 290x (silent/uber), or is it a legacy/uefi dual bios? If it's a legacy/uefi dual bios, that could explain why you have driver issue's booting from the other bios. Depending on your mobo you might have to either just set your CSM Compatibility Boot Settings for PCIE, or maybe have to reinstall windows to whatever bios version works.

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Originally Posted by Amph View Post

does the last atiwinflash work with 290(any version, reference tri-x ecc)?

 

It works for me with 290x. The GUI doesn't work for me, can't get it to read from the card. Using the cmd prompt works though. Sometimes it fails like 3 or 4 times before it will work. But it always ends up working

    
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post #109 of 214
nevermind i managed to do it with msi beta version, and i can't go down too much anyway
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when people say their bios is locked, does that mean it can not be flashed over?

p.s what does changing the TDP do? Mines is currently at 150. I dropped it down to 130 to see what would happen, and nothing changed. From what I understand, it the power the card uses accordingly with the clock speed.
So is my card only using 130W instead of 150W?


ie. If I were to lower the TDP to say 100ish, would I be able to run two cards on a 250W PSU? (excluding CPU and ie)
Edited by Roy360 - 3/20/14 at 5:10pm
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