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Tempted to give this a go on my spare card. Haven't flashed an AMD card for a couple of years (currently using GTX970), is it still possible to do it from within windows with ATIWinFlash and using command prompt? Also which BIOS is best to use with an MSI 290 Gaming? Any help appreciated, thanks!

It is recommend to flash using an DOS USB bootstick. As that way if you get a bad flash you can easily flash over the "bricked" BIOS from DOS. If you get a bad flash while using ATIWinFlash then you would have to resort to the DOS method to reclaim the bricked BIOS anyways. I actually just wrote a brief guide on flashing from DOS that I will post below and in the OP for reference.

And I believe that the MSI R9 290 Gaming models all use Hynix memory so I would recommend using the R9 290 "MEM MOD -- HYNIX" BIOS file on your card. If that one does not work you can always check the memory type with a program like GPU-Z or try the "NO MOD" BIOS file.

ATIFlash From DOS Guide: (Click to show)
Note: BEFORE FLASHING BE SURE TO DISABLE ULPS AND CROSSFIRE IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE GPUS AND ARE GOING TO BE FLASHING MULTIPLE GPUS.

The Setup:

1) Create a bootable MSDOS (Win98) USB KEY by following this guide HERE.
2) Download ATIFLASH.EXE and unzip it to your boot USB from HERE.
3) Before attempting to flash ANY BIOS files to your card be sure to use GPU-Z to save a back-up of your current file in-case the flash does not work.
4) Create a backup folder on your machine. Store a copy of all the BIOS files that you have saved. Do not edit or change your "stock" BIOS files.
5) Save / rename the new BIOS file that you wish to flash as 0_NEW.ROM on to your MSDOS USB. Notice we append _NEW to the filename. Do that for any additional BIOS Files on your USB stick. Not overwriting them.

Booting To ATIFlash:

1) Reboot your computer that has the Graphics cards attached and press F10 or similar to bring up a boot choice menu. Select the MSDOS USB drive you just created. You will see the CMD prompt from Win98.

Completing The Flash:

1) TYPE the following into the CMD: "ATIFLASH.EXE -f -p 0 0_NEW.ROM" (gpu slot 0).
2.) The first number in the command is the PCIE SLOT number of your first card. So if you have a card in your top PCIE SLOT the number will be 0. If you have a motherboard with 4 PCIE slots the numbers will be 0-3. So just make sure to know what slot your card(s) are in while flashing.
3) You can do this for other cards attached (Crossfire) also as follows:

ATIFLASH.EXE -f -p 1 1_NEW.ROM (gpu slot 1)
ATIFLASH.EXE -f -p 2 2_NEW.ROM (gpu slot 2)
And so on...

4) Wait for the confirmation message which will display various details about your card.
5) ATIFlash will tell you to reboot. Go ahead and flash any other cards using the correct name for their files. (Ex. 1_NEW.ROM)
6) After rebooting back into Windows your screen may flash a few times, do not worry, this is normal. The card is just completing it's BIOS update.
7) After the screen is done flashing be sure to check CCC and make sure that none of your settings have reset as for some reason CCC likes to do that after you flash the BIOS.
8) You are done!
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Thanks for the explanation.
+ Rep.

Anytime, and thanks!
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Wit the new BIOS for 290 with Samsung ram i See bootpromp etc and Windows Logo but then black screen. In the 1.5 BIOS i has black screen until i was in Windows. Any idea? smile.gif

Have you tried the latest "MEM MOD -- SAMSUNG" 1.6 version for R9 290? That should have fixed the whole black-screen before Windows issue. If that doesn't work I recommend using a program like GPU-Z to confirm what type of memory your R9 290 actually has. The only R9 290's that I know of that have Samsung memory are the Powercolor PCS+ models. You could always try the "NO MOD" BIOS as well and see what happens there!

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Edited by Insan1tyOne - 7/30/15 at 10:46am
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Yes its the tri-x New edition with Samsung chips, im sure about that. I thought the Samsung Version is not modded since there are no modded timings? Anyway on 1.5 i had black screen before Windows login screen. With 1.6 i have black screen AFTER the Windows loading screen.

Edit: gpuz Screenshot with 1.5 BIOS
http://www.overclock.net/t/1564219/r9-390x-modified-bios-for-r9-290-290x-now-with-higher-compatibility-for-all/120#post_24219822

Just AS an confirmation ;-)
Edited by skyrrd - 7/30/15 at 10:50am
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Yes its the tri-x New edition with Samsung chips, im sure about that. I thought the Samsung Version is not modded since there are no modded timings? Anyway on 1.5 i had black screen before Windows login screen. With 1.6 i have black screen AFTER the Windows loading screen.

Edit: gpuz Screenshot with 1.5 BIOS
http://www.overclock.net/t/1564219/r9-390x-modified-bios-for-r9-290-290x-now-with-higher-compatibility-for-all/120#post_24219822

Just AS an confirmation ;-)

Hmm, that is very odd indeed. All of the information I could find on the "New Edition" of the Sapphire Tri-X OC states that it has Hynix memory modules. I could not find a BIOS file on TechPowerUp that showed that this card had Samsung memory modules either. But I guess the GPU-Z confirms it. Just out of curiosity, do you get the same black-screen issue if you use the "NO MOD" BIOS file or the "Hynix" BIOS file? The only reason I suggest this is that your GPU-Z also reports your card as an "Engineering Sample" so it could just be reporting the memory incorrectly as well.

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Wait a sec, i'll give it a try
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Thanks for the modded BIOS, I get higher 3DMark scores even on stock 290X speeds than my original OC BIOS thumb.gif The voltage is higher though by around ~25mV but that's easily fixed with BIOS editor.
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sooo wink.gif

I have tried following:

1.5a Samsung -> blackscreen while booting, working fine in windows
1.6 Samsung -> working while boot, blackscreen in windows
1.6 hynx mod -> not working at all
1.6 nomod -> working while booting, blackscreen in windows

btw i did make a backup of my stock bios with gpu-z but am unable to flash it (gives me some mismatches) so i have my legacy bios as bios 1 left and am testing other bioses as secondary.

anybody knows how to get my uefi vbios backup back on the card ? smile.gif
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Thanks for the modded BIOS, I get higher 3DMark scores even on stock 290X speeds than my original OC BIOS thumb.gif The voltage is higher though by around ~25mV but that's easily fixed with BIOS editor.

Glad you are enjoying the BIOS files!
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sooo wink.gif

I have tried following:

1.5a Samsung -> blackscreen while booting, working fine in windows
1.6 Samsung -> working while boot, blackscreen in windows
1.6 hynx mod -> not working at all
1.6 nomod -> working while booting, blackscreen in windows

btw i did make a backup of my stock bios with gpu-z but am unable to flash it (gives me some mismatches) so i have my legacy bios as bios 1 left and am testing other bioses as secondary.

anybody knows how to get my uefi vbios backup back on the card ? smile.gif

Are you using ATIWinFlash from within Windows or ATIFlash from DOS to flash these BIOS files? If you are using ATIFlash from DOS then if you use the correct command "atiflash.exe -f -p 0 0_NEW.rom" it should force your old BIOS back on with no problems or mis-matches. But if you are using ATIWinFlash from within Windows you probably won't be able to get past this problem. I always recommend using ATIFlash from DOS when flashing BIOS files for times like this. If you are unsure of how to do that be sure to check my guide in the OP.

As for the BIOS files giving a black screen from WITHIN Windows I find that very odd... I have not heard of someone experiencing this issue before... Would you mind uploading the "stock" bios from your card to http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/ (preferably) or somewhere else and posting a link to it here? I am curious to what the settings of your "stock" BIOS are. Maybe if I can get a look at it I can make a custom BIOS for this model of card and see if that works better for you?

*Edit: The easiest way to upload your "stock" BIOS is, switch to your "legacy" BIOS and then open GPU-Z and use the "extract and upload" feature. That should put it straight to TechPowerUp.

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sure i'll do that wink.gif

i use atiflash with boot from usbstick, i'll upload a picture of the error here in a moment.
as for the stock uefi bios itself is it possible that the error is creating the backup with gpuz (or was it sapphire's trixx, not sure anymore smile.gif) ?

anyway i'll upload the stock non-uefi that's still on my card
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The error i geht. Should i force skip ssid check or am i risking to brick the GPU with that command?


GPU-Z tells me the bios is already in the database (170580.rom) and won't upload.
the bios version is 015.049.000.040.000000 btw so seems to be newer than on

290trixnew.zip 84k .zip file
Edited by skyrrd - 7/30/15 at 12:02pm
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The error i geht. Should i force skip ssid check or am i risking to brick the GPU with that command?


GPU-Z tells me the bios is already in the database (170580.rom) and won't upload.
the bios version is 015.049.000.040.000000 btw so seems to be newer than on

290trixnew.zip 84k .zip file

No you will not brick the GPU with a force command. You can always flash over a bricked BIOS. The correct command that you should be running is "atiflash -f -p 0 HAWAII.rom". That should solve your error issue and get you your UEFI Bios back and remove the bricked one. Make sure you have the switch on the bricked BIOS when you are flashing back the UEFI one though. And thanks for the upload, I will check them out.

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