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Here is how to flash an ATI GPU.

First off. You need a flash drive, the bios, ATI Flash, boot files, and HD disk utility.
BIOS
Boot files
ATI Flash
HP Utility

Install and run HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
Select the USB Drive. In the "File system" drop down box, pick FAT32. Click "Quick Format". click "Create a DOS startup disk, using DOS system files located at and click the "..." and direct it to the BOOTFILES.
Click start.

Then place on the flashdrive, ATI Flash and the bios.
Rename the bios to something easy. I did mine as "bios" without the quotes.

Restart the computer and boot up with the flash drive. It should go to a DOS command line.
Type in "atiflash -f -p 0 bios.bin"
(You type bios.bin only if you named the bios in the folder as "bios")
It should go through some steps.
To flash a second GPU type in "atiflash -f -p 1 bios.bin"

After that you will need to reinstall all your drivers and such and be good to go.
Edited by Contagion - 1/5/10 at 3:52pm
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Very good guide and useful to those with that specific card.

It would be interesting to benchmark it before and after the flash to see how much performance you get from those extra 80 shader processors (and maybe clock cycles).
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I tried to do an all-inclusive guide here(but got lost in the system):

How To: Bootable USB Bios Flashing for Motherboards and Video Cards

Hiopefully yours wont get lost in the system.

You can add this for cards in the second PCI-E slot:
Quote:
for the second card in crossfire plugged into the 2nd PCI-E slot use the following:
atiflash -p -f 1 newbios.rom
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I tried to do an all-inclusive guide here(but got lost in the system):

How To: Bootable USB Bios Flashing for Motherboards and Video Cards

Hiopefully yours wont get lost in the system.

You can add this for cards in the second PCI-E slot:
I forgot to add that line in there...
Thnx man it has been updated.
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what is the point of flashing a GPU with another bios? what advantages does it have?
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what is the point of flashing a GPU with another bios? what advantages does it have?
Some BIOS solve issues on cards, and some cards have BIOS' that limit the OC capacity to a certain clock speed.
By flashing the card to a bios that does not limit the OC clocks, you get around that delima.
For example.

The Sapphire stock 5770 bios only allows a 960/1445 OC. The Asus bios allows a 1200/1445 OC.
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Some BIOS solve issues on cards, and some cards have BIOS' that limit the OC capacity to a certain clock speed.
By flashing the card to a bios that does not limit the OC clocks, you get around that delima.
For example.

The Sapphire stock 5770 bios only allows a 960/1445 OC. The Asus bios allows a 1200/1445 OC.
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Some BIOS solve issues on cards, and some cards have BIOS' that limit the OC capacity to a certain clock speed.
By flashing the card to a bios that does not limit the OC clocks, you get around that delima.
For example.

The Sapphire stock 5770 bios only allows a 960/1445 OC. The Asus bios allows a 1200/1445 OC.
so i have an XFX 4890 would you recommend a different bios?
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so i have an XFX 4890 would you recommend a different bios?
Nah your good.
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Hey Contagion

I just got my second 5770 vapor x and set up for crossfire. Msi AfterBurner and AMD GPU tool currently will only let me adjust the clocks for one card. Crossfire is verified in GPUZ and is also working fine.

If I flash both card with the unlock bios will this take care of my problem? What are you thoughts?

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