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Alright, what google tells me seems unreliable so im gonna ask here.

Since the untimely death of my 8800GT ive thrown the cards from my folding rig into my main pc, now i have a 8800GS and a 9600GSO, what i want too do is copy the bios from my 8800GS and then flash it onto my 9600GSO so i can do SLI.

Any information on doing so is greatly appreciated and rewarded *JaKe*
Edited by dcshoejake - 2/20/09 at 3:11pm
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I only overclock via BIOS flash because for me it's the most reliable. Flashing the card's BIOS is not the hardest part. However I'm not so sure that the 8800GS BIOS would work on a 9600GSO. If the 9600GSO is just a renamed 8800GS, then it should work if the memory chips are from the same manufacturer etc... What you have to do is pretty simple, get GPU-z and use it to download your 8800GS BIOS, then you will have a .bin file, change the extension from .bin to .rom
Now search mvktech.net for an application called nvflash and load it on a floppy or bootable USB key; EDIT: don't forget to put the .rom BIOS file on the floppy/bootable USB key as well.
Now switch video cards and make sure that only the 9600GSO is in the computer.
Boot your computer on the floppy or bootable USB key, once you are at the command prompt, type in without the quotes "nvflash -4 -5 -6 WHAT-EVER-YOU-CALLED-IT.rom" and press "Y" when prompted, once it's over, it will let you know.
Restart your computer and run stability tests on the card.

EDIT: ALSO, I WOULD RECOMMEND that you use GPU-z first of all to make a backup of your 9600GSO BIOS before flashing the 8800GS BIOS. If you don't backup it, mvktech.net has many different BIOS for all graphic cards so you could always redownload one there, but save time and backup the BIOS that you know has no problem working with your GPU.
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I only overclock via BIOS flash because for me it's the most reliable. Flashing the card's BIOS is not the hardest part. However I'm not so sure that the 8800GS BIOS would work on a 9600GSO. If the 9600GSO is just a renamed 8800GS, then it should work if the memory chips are from the same manufacturer etc... What you have to do is pretty simple, get GPU-z and use it to download your 8800GS BIOS, then you will have a .bin file, change the extension from .bin to 1.rom
Now search mvktech.net for an application called nvflash and load it on a floppy or bootable USB key.
Now switch video cards and make sure that only the 9600GSO is in the computer.
Boot your computer on the floppy or bootable USB key, once you are at the command prompt, type in without the quotes "nvflash -4 -5 -6 WHAT-EVER-YOU-CALLED-IT.rom" and press "Y" when prompted, once it's over, it will let you know.
Their the exact same cards, just new cooler, oh and the tape on the back .


I just ate a grape and "i jizzed in my pants"
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Originally Posted by dcshoejake View Post
Their the exact same cards, just new cooler, oh and the tape on the back .


I just ate a grape and "i jizzed in my pants"
Lol however I made a little edit about saving a backup BIOS just in case the 8800GS BIOS doesn't work on it.
    
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Lol however I made a little edit about saving a backup BIOS just in case the 8800GS BIOS doesn't work on it.
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I only overclock via BIOS flash because for me it's the most reliable. Flashing the card's BIOS is not the hardest part. However I'm not so sure that the 8800GS BIOS would work on a 9600GSO. If the 9600GSO is just a renamed 8800GS, then it should work if the memory chips are from the same manufacturer etc... What you have to do is pretty simple, get GPU-z and use it to download your 8800GS BIOS, then you will have a .bin file, change the extension from .bin to .rom
Now search mvktech.net for an application called nvflash and load it on a floppy or bootable USB key; EDIT: don't forget to put the .rom BIOS file on the floppy/bootable USB key as well.
Now switch video cards and make sure that only the 9600GSO is in the computer.
Boot your computer on the floppy or bootable USB key, once you are at the command prompt, type in without the quotes "nvflash -4 -5 -6 WHAT-EVER-YOU-CALLED-IT.rom" and press "Y" when prompted, once it's over, it will let you know.
Restart your computer and run stability tests on the card.

EDIT: ALSO, I WOULD RECOMMEND that you use GPU-z first of all to make a backup of your 9600GSO BIOS before flashing the 8800GS BIOS. If you don't backup it, mvktech.net has many different BIOS for all graphic cards so you could always redownload one there, but save time and backup the BIOS that you know has no problem working with your GPU.
Wait, how do i get the NVflash program on the USB stick?? *JaKe*
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Alright,
nvflash is there:
http://www.mvktech.net/component/opt...rent,category/

download it, extract it if required and there should be multiple files, simply drag them onto the BOOTABLE USB key. It has to be a bootable USB key though, otherwise it won't load anything in DOS.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dcshoejake View Post
Wait, how do i get the NVflash program on the USB stick?? *JaKe*
You can download NVFlash from Techpowerup.
You also need to make your USB bootable.

Quote:
WHAT-EVER-YOU-CALLED-IT.rom
It must not be more than 8 characters, lol
Quote:
Boot your computer on the floppy or bootable USB key, once you are at the command prompt, type in without the quotes "nvflash -4 -5 -6 WHAT-EVER-YOU-CALLED-IT.rom" and press "Y" when prompted, once it's over, it will let you know.
It's not possible through this way. It only works when the card and BIOS file have the same device ID.

You should use this command instead:

nvflash -i* -4 -5 -6 NEW.ROM

replace * with your PCI-Express slot number that the card is installed on. 0 is for NB, 1 for first PCI-E slot, 2 for second and so on. For example if your card is installed on first slot you should use this:

nvflash -i1 -4 -5 -6 NEW.ROM
Edited by Rebelion - 2/20/09 at 1:45pm
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Alright,
nvflash is there:
http://www.mvktech.net/component/opt...rent,category/

download it, extract it if required and there should be multiple files, simply drag them onto the BOOTABLE USB key. It has to be a bootable USB key though, otherwise it won't load anything in DOS.
Alright so do i have it like..

E>NVflash.572>(files)
^folder^

Where do the .rom files go?

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The .rom file goes directly in E: next to all the other nvflash files. Lol Rebellion, I know but who would call their .rom file something long anyways? I call it 1.rom, easy!
    
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