For anyone that is interested here is my guide. I no longer frequent the TPU user forums due to conflict but still read some of their articles. But here is W1zzard's method of recovering which is too technical for novice. They no longer have the page up but someone managed to archive the page and its information.
I'm sure with slight modifications to my guide it could theoretically work for Nvidia flasher as well. Try at your own risk.
Due to OCN's forum conversion my PDF guide that you have been searching for has been either removed, deleted, or lost in the process. Also, I no longer have the file due to multiple restorations of Windows so I rewrote the guide because people have been sending me PM's for the file/information. I recommend you try this method only if your card cannot be detected and you have exhausted all other possible solutions. And you should definitely try this before proceeding to solder anything as this method is less damaging. This was done to recover an ATI card using another ATI card.
*NOTE* You should print these instructions out for easy reference if you don't have another PC
For the lazy I have included a PDF file to print out if you're too lazy to copy and paste to print:
*WARNING: I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD YOU BRICK YOUR CURRENT VIDEO CARD, BLOW UP YOUR COMPUTER OR KILL YOURSELF IN THE PROCESS, EVERYTHING IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK*
This method was done using an Asus Maximus Extreme X38 Board with a working Gigabyte Radeon 4870 and a bad flashed HIS IceQ 3 3870 Radeon, there has been no attempt on my part to recover an ATI card using an Nvidia card or vice versa, though it is theoretically possible but there are no guarantees of success; any attempt to do so is at your own risk but do let us know the results if you try Required Items
Part 1 Preparation:
- 1 Working PCIE Video Card (Preferably the same i.e. ATI+ATI broken or Nvidia+Nvidia broken)
- 1 Working PCIE Slot
- 1 Bricked or Failed bios flashed card
- 1 Bootable Floppy Disk Drive (Recommended, you'll see why) or 1 Bootable USB Thumbdrive
(1a) Create a bootable floppy disk or thumbdrive bootable to the ATIFLASH command screen (or Nvidia if you're attempting that route)
(1ab) Ensure you have the bios you want to flash on the floppy drive or USB thumbdrive
(1b) Shutdown your computer
(1c) Ensure your good known working video card is inserted into your first PCIE slot (usually the slot closest to the CPU)
(1d) If you have a Crossfire or SLI setup or additional PCIE slots with cards in them you should remove any and all cards out of the extra PCIE slots at this time (we don't want to risk bricking them)Part 2 The Command Line:
(2a) Start your computer and make sure your floppy disk drive or USB thumbdrive is bootable in your motherboard's bios options if you haven't already done so
(2b) After you have made your floppy drive or USB thumbdrive bootable save the options and restart your computer
(2c) You should now be booted to the ATIFLASH command screen (or Nvidia if you're attempting that route)
(2d) Now type in the following into your command line but DO NOT HIT ENTER YET
and leave the "N" out of the *.bin file:
atiflash -f -p 0 3870.bi
*NOTE* The above parameters are for ATI cards only, use the proper parameters for Nvidia flashing
(2e) In the example above we want to leave the "N" out because we don't want to accidentally hit enter and brick our currently working Radeon 4870 card
(2f) We are also trying to recover a Radeon 3870 card so we use the 3870.bin file, use the appropriate name of the bios you want to flash
(2g) A side note, I also made a copy of the 3870.bin file to 3870.rom extension just in case the program didn't like the *.bin file, you may or may not have to do this but I did it so I didn't have to load back up into Windows to redo this process all over again in case the program is finickyPart 3 Danger Ahead
(3a) At this time your screen should still have the parameters typed in without the "N"
(3ab) The reason we leave it like this is so all we have to do is type "N" when we want to flash while blind flashing but we're not going to do that yet
(3b) Now this is the most dangerous part of all, disconnect and remove the DVI/VGA/HDMI cable from the back of the working video card
(3c) Now take out the working video card out of the system while it is running, Yes I said that. Take out the working video card while the system is still running
(3cd) Be careful as there are rotating parts and electrical hazards inside your PC, it is best to hold the video card at its edges without touching any capacitors or chips on the board to avoid getting shocked
(3d) Do not disconnect any power cables on your video card if they have any attached, in this case I did not disconnect the two 6 pin PCIE power connectors because I was afraid it would create an arc or spark so I left my Radeon 4870 dangling to the side of the computer casePart 4 Blind Flashing
(4a) Now insert your bricked video card into the 1st PCIE slot where your working video card was while the computer is still in operation, we do this because currently the computer in memory still thinks our good 4870 Radeon card is installed in PCIE Slot #1, but we replaced it with our bricked card so we have tricked the program to think that position '0' of the flash parameter is still our good known video card the Radeon 4870
(4ab) Connect your DVI/VGA/HDMI cable to your bricked video card
(4b) Now finish it off with "N" and hit enter on your keyboard and it will begin flashing your video card
(4bc) The reason we typed in the part in section 2d is so when you're blind flashing right now you make zero mistakes because currently your screen is black, and if you would blind flash right now you'd have to be guessing if you typed in the commands correctly
(4bcd) Also because I am doing this with a floppy disk drive I can hear my drive going off to attempt to flash the bricked video card, this is an advantage of using a floppy disk drive, you can tell when the process has finished trying to flash the card, with a USB Thumbdrive you're going to have to guess when the process is done
(4c) The 75W of power the or whatever the PCIE 2.0 slot has should provide you with enough power to flash the card even if the bricked card needs two 6 pin PCIE power connectors
(4d) After you believe the card has been flashed you can restart your PC by hitting CTRL+ALT+DELETE or hit the reset button, in this case I used a floppy drive so I knew for sure my video card has at least been attempted to be flashed
(4e) Now one of two things should happen now (a.) After you have restarted your PC you should see your screen now and your bricked card is fixed or (b.) After force flashing with the *.bin bios it still wouldn't display the startup motherboard bios screen, If you get Option A congratulations on fixing your card and if you get option B then too bad we have some more work to do so continue on to Part 5Part 5 True Blind Flashing
(5a) So now your bricked card should at least be recognized by your system, before your card couldn't be detected at all, in part 4d restarting the computer I could hear my computer boot up and floppy disk drive reading but no picture on screen so I decided to restart it again for true blind flashing
(5ab) If your card is still not detectable by the motherboard then you may have to try the soldering route, otherwise continue on
(5b) Your PC should be restarting and your booting in right now, If you are using a floppy disk for flashing you will have an audio cue that your program is loading, if you're using a USB thumbdrive you will have to guess when it's finished loading
(5c) This is where you actually have to do the blind flashing technique, floppy is at an advantage, USB is at a disadvantage, type into your computer blindly:
atiflash -f -p 0 3870.rom or atiflash -f -p 0 3870.bin
(5d) Because the floppy makes noises and gives me an audio cue I know when it finished flashing and I hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and reboot and this time I made sure I connected the 6 pin PCIE connector to the Radeon 3870. With USB you will have to guess your way through. So now my PC is rebooted and my bios screen shows and my bricked Radeon 3870 is saved.
(5e) Congratulations you saved your video card and if you didn't try something else.