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Trouble flashing RX 480 to unlocked air bios..

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So, I've been trying to get the Unlocked Air BIOS flashed onto my MSI RX 480 reference card, but have had no luck. I keep running into error messages with atiflash and atiwinflash. I've downloaded a nice package made by der8aer (sp) and it includes the unlocked BIOS and the stock BIOS, AtiFlash.exe, a few .sys files, a .dll and two batch files; one makes a backup of your current BIOS and the other is the unlocked BIOS. Below is what I have tried and the results.

 

1) Made bootable USB and copied the files straight onto the drive. It will boot into dos environment but will not recognize my card

 

2) Tried running the batch files in windows as administrator and it says atiflash is not recognized as an internal or external command

 

3) Tried running atiflash directly but it just lists all of the commands in a command prompt window and then shuts down

 

4) Tried running AtiWinFlash but it says it cannot find a discrete video card

 

I really want to get this card flashed as I would like to make it a part of my custom water loop at some point soon. I've only flashed a few graphic card BIOS in the past so any help is welcome! Thanks!

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What format did you use for the flash drive? Try Fat32.
 
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What format did you use for the flash drive? Try Fat32.


Yes sir, that's how I formatted the drive first time around. I'll double check though...

 

EDIT:

 

I should probably state that I am using a USB SD Adapter with a 16GB SDHC card in that. Could that be the culprit?

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Most likely. No direct USBs?
 
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Quote:
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Most likely. No direct USBs?


Negative. I've got 3 old flash drives that are unusable/dead.

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Update:

 

I was able to flash my card after several days of searching and trying different things. However, I now have a new issue:

 

 

Here's what got my card flashed:

 

1) Ran AtiWinFlash as admin

 

2) Made a backup of original BIOS

 

3) Made the same changes in the modified RX480AirBIOS to my original and re-saved as new file

 

4) Flashed to the updated BIOS

 

5) Reinstalled AMD drivers

 

6) PC is now not detecting any drivers

 

 

 

I did not want to flash in windows but I couldn't for the life of me get atiflash to run on any kind of bootup cd or usb after several failed attempts. I used AtiWinFlash version 274.

 

AtiWinFlash is now telling me I have a ATI Radeon Polaris 10. Here's a screenie:

 

 

Update:

 

Was able to reflash back to original BIOS and everything is detecting fine. The only change I made to the copy of the original BIOS was TDC 107 -> 124 as that was the only change in the modified unlocked air BIOS. The air BIOS is 256k in size as compared to 512k of my saved BIOS.

 

 

 

 

EDIT:

 

Got things working great now. Made a short video for others who are interested: https://youtu.be/3Hmm_LPNH_s


Edited by jestereightfour - 4/19/17 at 8:55am
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