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Hey guys I was hoping I could get some help with an issue I'm having. I recently flashed my 2 msi gtx 670 pe cards with voltage unlocked bios (always a good start to a "problems" thread) I have done this before in the past, tried the unlocked bios, didn't like it (core de-clocking due to power limitation), then flashed back to my stock bios. All without problems. Now, after trying another unlocked bios, not liking it, and trying to flash back I still get horrible driver/SLI issues after the reflash to stock.
I have tried multiple reflashes to my stock bios, downloaded current MSI bios, and another older msi bios I found, both with and without video drivers installed and both in and out of windows with nvflash. I have also done a clean windows install several times. I have used driver cleaner, as well as the manual registry cleaning methods. The exact issue is that if a nvidia driver is installed there are random flashes (followed by driver malfunction message)/BSODs/restarts. Occasionally it will work ok until SLI is attempted to be engaged. Once I observed perfect working behavior with an installed driver but noticed the second card was not even appearing in the system. Also the computer works fine in safe mode, but I don't believe it tries to utilize the second card in safe mode.I worry that the second card has been corrupted to a point that any bios update does not work (even though nvflash says successful). Is this something that can happen?
Also, I should mention that I"m running a chilled liquid cooled computer, which is the reason I have not tried swapping the cards out quite yet. I hope to do this tonight, but it's not super simple due to condensation-proofing measures. Any other suggestions to try?
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Have you tried using a different application to flash the problem card? I have had pretty good look with Zotac Firestorm.
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I will try that, thanks for the suggestion.
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Not sure if this will help you but have you tried to re install the drivers from the nvidia website?
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Thanks for suggestion. I think I discovered the problem was my motherboard. The second lane seems to be failing.
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Motherboard failing at the exact time you decide to do a bios flash? Well that's a rather odd coincidence, don't you think?

I'm inclined to say that you should look up some details on nvflash and try to use to commands to utilize every 'override' that nvflash has available. I think there's varying 'degrees' of bios flashes, and I'm thinking you're not quite getting a 100% and complete flash back to the stock bios, some pieces of it aren't being overwritten IOW.

You might ask this same question over on MVKTech, Mavke is kinda The Man when it comes to this stuff, and he's usually around his boards helping people out. If anyone knows what's going on/how to fix, it'd be him.

As you may have gathered, I'm skeptical about the probability of your mobo just happening to develop a problem at the exact same time you did a bios flash. The odds are ... very much against this occurrence.
    
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how did you determine it was the motherboard?
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Well, I'm not 100% sure it is the motherboard, but the video card isn't detected in windows at times now. Also, since sometimes it works perfectly, and others it can't stay running in windows without restarting computer, I'm inclined to wonder if it is a board issue. Also the card experienced the same bios flashing procedure as my other card which works perfectly fine. I am hopefully getting another card to test the slot to see if it is for sure my problem. Thanks for input guys, I know it would be a coincidence. However, I can never rule out anything with my cooler, since ice formation/melting could occur un-noticed.
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