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Somewhat of an old thread, but I recently bricked my powercolor 5850 PCS+ (NON reference PCB). I tried this guide with onboard graphics as the primary, got all the way up to step 15, and atiflash -i came up with "adapter not found"

I'll leave this as a warning to anyone that reads this, DO NOT FLASH NON REFERENCE GRAPHICS CARDS WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN MODIFIED BIOS DESIGNED FOR THAT EXACT CARD! Or you'll end up with a $150 paperweight like I did.
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Originally Posted by TheSeraph;12144870 
Somewhat of an old thread, but I recently bricked my powercolor 5850 PCS+ (NON reference PCB). I tried this guide with onboard graphics as the primary, got all the way up to step 15, and atiflash -i came up with "adapter not found"

I'll leave this as a warning to anyone that reads this, DO NOT FLASH NON REFERENCE GRAPHICS CARDS WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN MODIFIED BIOS DESIGNED FOR THAT EXACT CARD! Or you'll end up with a $150 paperweight like I did.

You're sure it's all plugged in correctly and you've followed all the steps? Also, it MAY have something to do with you using the IGP and the setup of this guide being specifically for a temporary PCI card.
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what if you have 2 pci-e slots and 2 pci-e cards, could it work by putting the bricked card in the secondary and the good card in the primary? I tried that, system booted, but the atiflash.exe could not see the bricked card in the secondary slot. Does this mean it's gone for good, or I just need to try it with a PCI card?

Informative thread, Glad I found it, and glad you created it!
Edited by BrutalGoerge - 1/28/11 at 12:45am
post #24 of 255
i have the same prob george,though i used igp to boot as primary,otherwise it gives the bios beeps of no gpu frown.gif
i tried last night and though i think it sees the card,it says something like unrecognised,
although it might be the igp thats unrecognised?
i so wish i could fix this card as i doubt it can be rma'd frown.gif
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post #25 of 255
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Originally Posted by BrutalGoerge;12172154 
what if you have 2 pci-e slots and 2 pci-e cards, could it work by putting the bricked card in the secondary and the good card in the primary? I tried that, system booted, but the atiflash.exe could not see the bricked card in the secondary slot. Does this mean it's gone for good, or I just need to try it with a PCI card?

Informative thread, Glad I found it, and glad you created it!

That should have worked but seeing as it didn't I'm going to ask the obvious questions first. Are both of your cards ATI/AMD? And which card have you bricked, how did you brick it, which BIOS did you use, which one are you using now and what is the good card that you have?
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Originally Posted by MightyMission;12174079 
i have the same prob george,though i used igp to boot as primary,otherwise it gives the bios beeps of no gpu frown.gif
i tried last night and though i think it sees the card,it says something like unrecognised,
although it might be the igp thats unrecognised?
i so wish i could fix this card as i doubt it can be rma'd frown.gif

I'm assuming you are using NVFlash instead of ATiFlash, and NVFlash should only recognize your GTX470 and not your IGP.
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hi core2uu
yes i tried nvflash and it didnt even recognise the card was in the slot ,only the 980/780 8400 or whatever it was.
i will take a pic,maybe i got it all wrong-dos isnt my strong suit =)
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+1. Great guide.
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post #28 of 255
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Originally Posted by MightyMission;12177236 
hi core2uu
yes i tried nvflash and it didnt even recognise the card was in the slot ,only the 980/780 8400 or whatever it was.
i will take a pic,maybe i got it all wrong-dos isnt my strong suit =)

Yeah, if you could take a pic of exactly the error NVFlash throws up it might help.
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+1. Great guide.

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post #29 of 255
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Originally Posted by TheSeraph;12144870 
Somewhat of an old thread, but I recently bricked my powercolor 5850 PCS+ (NON reference PCB). I tried this guide with onboard graphics as the primary, got all the way up to step 15, and atiflash -i came up with "adapter not found"

I'll leave this as a warning to anyone that reads this, DO NOT FLASH NON REFERENCE GRAPHICS CARDS WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN MODIFIED BIOS DESIGNED FOR THAT EXACT CARD! Or you'll end up with a $150 paperweight like I did.

Your card is not bricked. The reason this method doesn't work is because your card cannot be detected. The PCI VGA trick only works if your card can still be detected. Otherwise this method will fail 100% no matter how many times you try to re-run through the steps. If you put your bad card in, the PC will not post and give you a blank/black screen. When you use the PCI VGA trick or use the dual PCIE VGA trick to flash the secondary adapter it will not work because the motherboard can't detect the adapter in the secondary slot to begin with. So if your motherboard can't detect the adapter then neither can the ATI Flash software. So this method will never work for you and you will just keep getting "adaptor not found" error.

I know another way, if you want to fix it PM me. The method I used to fix this should only be done as a last resort as it's quite dangerous and most will not approve of it.
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Originally Posted by anoob;12179298 
Your card is not bricked. The reason this method doesn't work is because your card cannot be detected. The PCI VGA trick only works if your card can still be detected. Otherwise this method will fail 100% no matter how many times you try to re-run through the steps. If you put your bad card in, the PC will not post and give you a blank/black screen. When you use the PCI VGA trick or use the dual PCIE VGA trick to flash the secondary adapter it will not work because the motherboard can't detect the adapter in the secondary slot to begin with. So if your motherboard can't detect the adapter then neither can the ATI Flash software. So this method will never work for you and you will just keep getting "adaptor not found" error.

I know another way, if you want to fix it PM me. The method I used to fix this should only be done as a last resort as it's quite dangerous and most will not approve of it.


Hello,

I am interested in this, you could explain it.


Thanks.
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