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Trouble repairing Bad Flash on Dual sapphire 6950..... Stuck on LAST STEP in atiflash... HELP PLEASE!

post #1 of 9
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Bricked one 6950, trying to flash backup in winsflash. can't.
That's the short version:


Details are I flashed modded 6950 bios onto 1 sapphire 6950 (the ones without the switches... I realized oh so late)

didn't work. Flashed back the backup bios. Worked fine again (and would have been the perfect time to call it a night)

But we went and Flashed the 6970 bios recommended here: http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/159

That Bricked one of the cards. Couldn't boot windows with the bricked one connected, and couldn't use winflash

But I made backups mined the web for help and for the past few hours have involved following steps listed here:

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

and here:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-170911.html

Have made booting dr. dos cdrom from nero . Have all the commands I need to flash it back (we hope)

BUT .... I can't seem to locate the ati winflash directory when I boot the live cd with NOTHING BURNED on it but winflash and the three backups?!?

All that I;ve found seems to leave me hanging between booting the dos cd and running atiflash.

Yes, laugh laugh,I know next to zero about dos....

I KNOW winflash is there on the cdrom, have taken it out and viewed them on other windows machines,

So we're Just PRAYING someone here can get me to the darn program and flash this thing to normal please.

Thanks in advance and yes, you all deserve a laugh on me as 10 minutes further reading could have avoided this whole clusterF*&^%
post #2 of 9
Not sure if it will help but still posting it.



Tutorial How to Flash ATI Bios using ATIWinFlash


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
( If you only have one BIOS chip on your card, flash the only BIOS at your own risk )


Usually You have two BIOS positions on your card: (switch) Switch! (Click to show)
#1: Unlock BIOS (You can flash this one)
#2: Lock BIOS (This is the default BIOS you can't flash)


It is important to save the BIOS #1 even if you have two BIOSes (BIOS can have different clock state)

How to save a Backup of your BIOS using GPU-Z! (Click to show)




Now first step is to download ATIwinflash


Then extract it on your Computer and insert the BIOS you want to use in that folder like this : (In this Case, the wanted BIOS is 7970XFX.rom ) (Bios collection Link at the end of the post)

It is also important to take note of the LOCATION of ATIwinflash.exe for further use





Now go in start menu and write cmd.exe in search and open command prompt (cmd.exe) with right-click and "Run as Administrator
How to open Command Prompt (Click to show)




Once open, write the location of ATIwinflash with CD before the command (Since ATIWinflash is on my D:, I need to write D: then enter first, as shown here)




Then enter will give you this window






Now, write this command : atiwinflash -f -p 0 "NAME of the BIOS".rom then enter. In my case its atiwinflash -f -p 0 7970XFX.rom




Then enter and the Flash Will proceed





When complete it will show a windows like this one and will ask you to reboot. (Do it unless you have more than one card to flash)






Crossfire Cards biggrin.gif


So the "0" in "Atiwinflash -f -p 0 7970XFX.rom " meant the first Card

0 : First PCIe Slot
1: Second PCIe Slot
2: Third PCIe Slot
3: Forth PCIe Slot

So if you have 4 Cards you will have to enter those commands (No need to reboot between each flash, but very important to reboot at the end of the last flashed card)

atiwinflash -f -p 0 7970XFX.rom
atiwinflash -f -p 1 7970XFX.rom
atiwinflash -f -p 2 7970XFX.rom
atiwinflash -f -p 3 7970XFX.rom






GPU BIOS Collection

ATI has 3,595 different BIOSes
Nvidia has 4,185 different BIOses

Edited by KaRLiToS - 4/5/13 at 11:11pm
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post #3 of 9
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no... that's for atiwinflash. atiflash is the one that can flash from the bootable disk.
post #4 of 9
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ok. just found it atiflash directory where it was installed in the hard drive. now thoough, when running atiflash -p 1 backup.rom I'm getting "error fl01" which and when doing atiflash -f -p 1 backup.rom I get "file backup.rom not found.

But I put the backup right inside the folder just now when is safe mode. I'm LOOKING at them right now with dir command... but not flashing?

Anyone ever heard of this?
post #5 of 9
You know the card count starts from 0 and you're trying to flash to 1? Atiflash -i should list the cards in your system.

Try this command to flash your bios
ATIFLASH -p 0 BACKUP.ROM -fs -fp

-fs and -fp will override most warnings though so you may want to skip then initially and see what it says

Also, doing it from DOS should mean a lot less can go wrong. Make a bootable pen drive here http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-dos-from-usb/ and stick atiflash and your bios in the top level. Make sure to keep the file names short for easy typing and so they don't get helpfully abbreviated to BIOSNAME~1, BIOSNAME~2 etc
 
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post #6 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pharcycle View Post

You know the card count starts from 0 and you're trying to flash to 1? Atiflash -i should list the cards in your system.

Try this command to flash your bios
ATIFLASH -p 0 BACKUP.ROM -fs -fp

-fs and -fp will override most warnings though so you may want to skip then initially and see what it says

Also, doing it from DOS should mean a lot less can go wrong. Make a bootable pen drive here http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-dos-from-usb/ and stick atiflash and your bios in the top level. Make sure to keep the file names short for easy typing and so they don't get helpfully abbreviated to BIOSNAME~1, BIOSNAME~2 etc

Thanks. The corrupted one is in slot 1 for sure. I've tried every method for making a bootable usb but it just goes straight to the welcome screen freeze.

I've only got the dos to boot from cd (and even then it keeps hanging after just a single reboot.... I've burned and reburned 6 of the bloody things already. I'd gotten as far as 19NinetyNine did on this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/593427/how-to-unbrick-your-bricked-graphics-card-fix-a-failed-bios-flash/110

but had to go back into windows to make a few more backups (both are the the exact sapphire 6950 model) and was ready to try flashing when my dos boot disk started hanging and all other copies keep doing the same thing...

Mobo is an asrock 99fx extreme 3, if that helps.
post #7 of 9
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Ok finally got in and still getting error 0fl01 with both .rom and .bin backups.

I try running atiflash unlockrom 1 and I get "Invalid command?!
post #8 of 9
First off, I'd concentrate on being able to boot a DOS USB drive as it's loads quicker, doesn't require you to constantly burn CDs and is a very useful skill for installing various other tools should the need arise.

The link from pendrivelinux is what I used and it works perfectly. When you're booting your system, are you selecting the USB drive from the boot menu or are you relying on your system booting the CD drive first?

Is your board actually a 990fx extreme 3? I can't find a 99fx on ASRocks website? Eitherway, I believe pressing F11 on boot should bring up the boot menu and let you select your USB drive.
Quote:
I try running atiflash unlockrom 1 and I get "Invalid command?!

unless you omitted it from this post, you need a hyphen before each command... so you'd probably need to type:
Code:
atiflash -unlockrom 1

Do you have 2x cards in your system? The number there isn't related to the physical PCI-E slot the card occupies in the motherboard, just so you know!

Hopefully I won't get into trouble posting this here as it's probably copy write info but here is the output from the help of atiflash for reference (I couldn't find it online to reference with a quick google search):
Code:
--- ATIFLASH v3.99 ---
-h, -?, /h, /?          Help (this screen)

Format: ATIFLASH [command] [parameter1] [parameter2] [parameter3] <option/s>
[command]:
-i [Num]                Display information of ATI adapters in the system.
                        Display information of adapter [Num] if specified.
-ai [Num]               Display advanced information of ATI adapters on system.
                        Display advanced information of adapter [Num]
                        if specified.
-biosfileinfo <File>    Displays the Bios info in file <file>
-p <Num> <File>         Write BIOS image in file <File> to flash ROM in Adapter
                        <Num>.
-pa <File>              Write BIOS image <File> to all appropriate adapters.
-s <Num> <File> [Size]  Save BIOS image from adapter <Num> to file <File>.
                        First [Size] kbytes (except for Theater in bytes) of ROM
                        content is saved if [Size] is specified.
-cf <File> [Size] [Sum] Calculate 16-bit checksum for file <File>.
                        Checksum for the first [Size] kbytes of the file is
                        calculated if [Size] is specified.
-cb <Num> [Size] [Sum]  Calculate 16-bit BIOS image checksum for adapter <Num>.
                        Checksum for the first [Size] kbytes of the ROM content
                        is calculated if [Size] is specified.
-cr <Num> [Size] [Sum]  Calculate 16-bit ROM checksum for adapter <Num> and
                        compare it to the [Sum] specified.  This command is
                        the same as -cb if [Size] is specified.
-t <Num>                Test ROM access of adapter <Num>
-v <Num> <File>         Compare ROM content of adapter <Num> to <File>
-mi <Num> [ID]          Modify SSID & SVID in BIOS image of adapter <Num> to
                        <ID>.  SSID & SVID in BIOS image of adapter <Num> is
                        displayed if [ID] is not specified.
-mb <Num> <File>        Modify SSID, SVID, BIOS Pin Number, & Boot Message in
                        BIOS image of adapter <Num> to values in <filename>.
                        Input file example:
                           ssid = 715B
                           svid = 1002
                           biospn = "113-xxxxxx-xx"
                           bootmsg = "ATI graphic board"
-pak <File>             Package an executable for BIOS update according to
                        the commands in <File>.
                        Config file example:
                           outfile = update.exe
                           banner = "Update v1.0"
                           infile = a123.bin
                           command = -pa -padevid=715B infile
-isr <Num> <Build Number> <Board Number>  Set ISR number based on the given
                                          build and board number
                                          if not specified, print out ISR Number
-prod <Num> <12 digit serial number>      Set PROD number based
                                          on the given serial number
                                          if not specified, print out SN Number
-checkprodsn <Num> <12 Digit Serial Number>  Comparing the Prod SN based on 
                                             existing prod sn saved in ROM 
<option/s>:
-f              Force flashing regardless of security checkings (e.g. AsicID &
                BIOS file info check OR boot-up card).
-fa             Force flashing bypassing already-programmed check.
-fm             Force flashing bypassing BIOS memory config check.
-fs             Force flashing bypassing BIOS SSID check.
-fp             Force flashing bypassing BIOS P/N check.
-nw             No user interaction on test failure. 
-sst            Use SST25VFxxx flashing algorithm regardless of ROMID straps.
-st             Use ST M25Pxx flashing algorithm regardless of ROMID straps.
-atmel          Use AT25Fxxx flashing algorithm regardless of ROMID straps.
-nopci          Do not enumerate PCI adapters, i.e. enumerate only AGP and
                PCIe adpaters
-pcionly        Enumerate only PCI adapters, i.e. do not enumerate AGP and
                PCIe adapters
-agp            Enumerate only AGP adapters, i.e. do not enumerate PCI and
                PCIe adapters unless used with -pcie or -pci
-noagp          Do not enumerate AGP adapters, i.e. enumerate only PCI and
                PCIe adpaters
-pcie           Enumerate only PCIe adapters, i.e. do not enumerate AGP and
                PCI adapters unless used with -agp or -pci
-noisrsn        Force to erase existing ISR number on ROM 
-noprodsn       Force to erase existing Prod SN number on ROM 
-nopcie         Do not enumerate PCIe adapters, i.e. enumerate only AGP and
                PCI adpaters
-pci            Enumerate only PCI adapters, i.e. do not enumerate AGP and
                PCIe adapters unless used with -agp or -pcie
-noremap        Skip BARs error detection and remapping in PCI configuration
                space
-reboot         Force a reboot of the system after successfully completing the
                specified operation
-siireset       Specifies the GPIO Pin to be used as the Reset when updating
                SiI1930 microcontroller firmware
                Input example:
                   -siireset=7 <No Spaces>
-siiuprog       Specifies the GPIO Pin to be used as the uprog when updating
                SiI1930 microcontroller firmware
                Input example:
                   -siiuprog=14 <No Spaces>
-scansii        Overrides normal adapter detection to enable detecting SSI
                roms with/without TPI firmware
-log            Logs output to atiflash.log, overrides existing file
-logappend      Logs and appends output to atiflash.log
-ddc            Enable DDC support
-padevid=<ID>   Use with -pa command to update adapters of specific device ID.
-passid=<ID>    Use with -pa command to update adapters of specific SSID.
-pasvid=<ID>    Use with -pa command to update adapters of specific SVID.
-pavbpn=<VBPN>  Use with -pa command to update adapters of specific VBIOS PN.
-excl_memtrain_dtable     When flashing on new VBIOS, a pre-determined memory
                               training data table in the old VBIOS will not be
                          overwritten.
-isr <adapter num> [build num] [board num]     If build number and board number
                                               are specified, sets the ISR Number
                                               value in specified adapter.
                                               If only adapter is specified, the current
                                               ISR Number is displayed
-checkpn <adapter num> <filename>              Checks PN of the current product
                                               and compares it to external file
*<Num> = adapter number, <File> = filename
*[Size] = data block size in KBytes, except for Theater Pro in Bytes
*Use command -i to see the adapter numbers in the system.
*Theater Pro supports commands -i, p, s, cf, cr, t, v and options -f, -noremap.
 
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OK. Solved it!

Couldn't get usb to boot, or even find winflash on the disk drive, but if you navigate to wtiflash on your hard disk it will work.

(I booted in in safe mode and moved it directly into c).

Then i FINALLY managed a to get a nero dos burn that actually booted (probly had problem cuz I just have a cheap portable dvdr drive)

I decided to simplify and shorten the file names on the dos backups (like 5-8 chars long), because earlier winflash kept saying it couldn't find the file even though i clearly saw them listed via "dir" command.

with the short file names, and from atiflash in hard disk saved in windows c drive,

first attempt at running "ATIFLASH -p -f 1 BACKUP.ROM" swapped it like a charm!

Thanks for all your help guys.

After all that work though, my PC keeps shutting down whenever I have both 6950's in!

They'd been mining away for 4 hours before the bios flash issue so it's totally beyond me.

I dropped both 6950's to stock clocks but still getting immediate shutdowns.

I'm running AMD fx 8150 8 core (non-oc), on Asrock 990 FX Extreme 3 320 gb sata, 32 GB ram, with 2 100 mm chassis fans. on a 700 watt power supply.

I've just taken one of the 6950's out and figure I'll just swap out the power supply on one of my support rigs to be able to handle it.
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