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Hello,
My PSU failed me during the flashing of a 470 gtx
I ordered a PCI card to try to fix it
What's the alternative method, just in case?
Is that the strap pin stuff?

thanks for your help

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post #42 of 254
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Quote:
Originally Posted by washo4evr;13084801 
Hello,
My PSU failed me during the flashing of a 470 gtx
I ordered a PCI card to try to fix it
What's the alternative method, just in case?
Is that the strap pin stuff?

thanks for your help

Florent

The "alternative" method is ONLY for when you've exhausted all other possible methods trying to get your card unbricked. The reason is, it involves messing about with the PCB and soldering/cutting etc. so you could go from a software brick to basically making your card physically inoperable.

So I would recommend you try the guide first and ONLY and even look at doing the alternative method if you've tried like 50 times and can't get it fixed the usual software way.

So first, just let us know of how the attempt to reflash your BIOS goes. If it doesn't work, we'll continue from there.
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it worked
it took like 50 times for NVflash to detect my card but it worked
And, my PCI card wasn't powerful enough to display the EFI BIOS...
I had to "blind change" PEG/PCI

thanks a lot for your guide and your help smile.gif
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post #44 of 254
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Originally Posted by washo4evr;13098349 
it worked
it took like 50 times for NVflash to detect my card but it worked
And, my PCI card wasn't powerful enough to display the EFI BIOS...
I had to "blind change" PEG/PCI

thanks a lot for your guide and your help smile.gif

That's what I like to hear. smile.gif

Although, that's quite strange that your backup card couldn't run the EFI BIOS. If that was the case, you could have a PCI-e card instead since your motherboard has 3x PCI-e 2.0 slots. I've updated the guide to reflect that.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by anoob;12185153 
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.

http://home.no/rogerh99/1.pdf

I'm sure with slight modifications to my guide it could theoretically work for Nvidia flasher as well. Try at your own risk.

bumping an old but relevant thread....
I thought about doing what you posted in the PDF guide.....
will it work? I erased the eeprom on one of my 470's to flash the stock bios back onto it, but it wouldn't flash then it prompted me to reboot so my asus 470 is bricked

I have a second TFII 470 that works.....could I use the method posted above to flash back?
I've tried blind flashing, but it doesn't seem to be working frown.gif
post #46 of 254
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Originally Posted by Mr.Pie;13285669 
bumping an old but relevant thread....
I thought about doing what you posted in the PDF guide.....
will it work? I erased the eeprom on one of my 470's to flash the stock bios back onto it, but it wouldn't flash then it prompted me to reboot so my asus 470 is bricked

I have a second TFII 470 that works.....could I use the method posted above to flash back?
I've tried blind flashing, but it doesn't seem to be working frown.gif

From what I understand, you haven't actually tried re-flashing your bricked 470 using the guide and are needlessly jumping to messing about with your card's PCB. Try re-flashing your bricked 470 using your other working one as the main display card, or if you can't boot, dig up a PCI card from somewhere or pick up one for cheap somewhere.

That would really be preferable to going wild with an exacto-knife on your 470's PCB.

Still, if you're willing to go that route (at your own risk), see this post.
Edited by Core2uu - 4/26/11 at 11:59pm
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post #47 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by Core2uu;13285934 
From what I understand, you haven't actually tried re-flashing your bricked 470 using the guide and are needlessly jumping to messing about with your card's PCB. Try re-flashing your bricked 470 using your other working one as the main display card, or if you can't boot, dig up a PCI card from somewhere or pick up one for cheap somewhere.

That would really be preferable to going wild an exacto-knife on your 470's PCB.

Still, if you're willing to go that route (at your own risk), see this post.

I've tried
blind flashing and such
I however haven't tried putting my working card into slot 1 and my "bricked" card into slot 2

I'll do that tomorrow after my board and hard drives dry off after I discovered a leak this morning while fiddling around frown.gif
post #48 of 254
Great guide hope this never happens to me but if it does I know where to look.
    
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post #49 of 254
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Originally Posted by Mr.Pie;13287818 
I've tried
blind flashing and such
I however haven't tried putting my working card into slot 1 and my "bricked" card into slot 2

I'll do that tomorrow after my board and hard drives dry off after I discovered a leak this morning while fiddling around frown.gif

Alright; all I wanted to say was just try all other methods possible before even CONSIDERING doing any weird soldering, cutting on your PCB.
Software brick > hardware brick that might result from screwing that up.

People always jump to the conclusion that the only way to fix a common brick is do something crazy with their hardware when the solution on most occasions is simply to re-flash. tongue.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rick Arter;13287887 
Great guide hope this never happens to me but if it does I know where to look.

BIOS flash failures of whatever kind happen to all of us, and some of us more than once which is why I was surprised when I made this guide that there wasn't already one on OCN. Of course, don't mean ta jinx ya. tongue.gif
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Alright I need some help. The card i'm trying to fix is a 5850 that was flashed with a 5870 bios and failed. atiflash can detect it and i've tried many different bios but still won't post. Well actually it has posted once or twice but then it just dies...Is the card gone forever?
    
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