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Having a problem trying to flash my HD 6950 to 6970 using the tutorial thread

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edited 5-23-13

I have a MSI HD R6950 2GB graphics card which is a reference model GPU. I'm trying to follow the thread seen here:


I was reading the tutorial thread on how to do the flash a 2GB 6950 to 6970 but I seem to be doing something wrong

(I brought up my issue, yesterday on page 19 --post # 183) but thought maybe I should start a new thread that might lead to some help in figuring this out.

Here is the problem:

I started trying to follow the flash guide last night with my MSI R6950 2GB but I guess I"m doing something wrong.

I got confused on what you are supposed to do as I followed the check list

1) download a 6970 BIOS. ---check----, I went to http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?manufacturer=MSI&model=HD+6970 and saw they list 4 sets of BIOS, (2) of them are for 940 / 1375 and (2) are 880 / 1375.

It seemed the best set for me to go with were the 880 / 1375 set so I went with the 3rd one down seen here: http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/96223/msi-hd6970-2048-101216.html

...Although I didn't know if I could go as high as the 940 / 1375 or if that would have run me into trouble, so I went with the one best matching my reference design card.

So I then downloaded the version BIOS for the 6970 (which is the one I linked to above)

2) I saved the BIOS download to the desktop temporarily in case I'm unable to flash from within the program.

As instructed... I renamed the Bios download to "Bios".

I verified the BIOS switch on the card is set to the 1 position.

The tutorial says...Then you have Run ATI Winflash, click Save to save your BIOS, so you have a backup in case something goes wrong.

OK...I ran ATI Winflash but have no idea where you actually click SAVE to save your BIOS...I think it means existing 6950 BIOS...not the ones you just acquired for 6970.

I clicked the save box but nothing happened...do I have to put something in there initially?

Next it says to Load the 6970 BIOS into Winflash by clicking Load Image, followed by Program I opened Winflash by clicking LOAD image but then what?
You have to put something into the box before clicking program. I tried this with the file which appeared to be my new BIOS and then LOAD Image but it didn't go through. I restarted the computer but when I ran GPU-Z it's showing there was no flash to 6970 specs.

I'm totally new to trying this sure not sure where I am going wrong. I'm going to try it again today and see if I can figure this out.

Can anyone figure out what I'm doing wrong? Thanks in advance for the much needed help.
Edited by OldtimeGamer - 5/22/13 at 10:39pm
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Just a little update...

I seem to have figured my way through the process. First I flashed the GPU back to the 6950 and restarted the computer. I saved the BIOS setting for the 6950 That all seemed to work properly.

So then I tried the 6970 flash again...and that seemed to work right too.... Now that I better understood what I was doing.


BUT......I then restarted my computer after flashing to 6970 but when it restarted, I ran CPU-Z. I don't understand why the specs were exactly the same as before I restarted my computer.

It's still showing 800/1250 .....when it should now be showing 880/1375.

I'm not sure what the issue is because it indicated all was completed but no change when it restarted the computer and ran CPU-Z to verify it.


I managed to flash to the BIOS to 6970 but here is the last remaining problem.

The DEFAULT CLOCK flashed to 880MHz and MEMORY flashed to 1375 for both the GPU CLOCK and DEFAULT CLOCK
BUT the GPU CLOCK is still at 800MHz where it should not also show 880MHz.

Any idea why everything flashed except the GPU CLOCK?

I have MSI AFTERBURNER that I can mess with next..... but really don't understand the issue of why the GPU didn't flash.
Edited by OldtimeGamer - 5/22/13 at 10:37pm
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