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i just installed my zalman vga cooler (vf700 alcu) on my x850 pro. Now, my idle temps with out the side part of my case is around 35, and with the case i get 40. On load i got up to 58 degreez, where it basically stopped rising. I just put it in about 5 minutes ago. LOL.

Now, i would like to flash mod my x850 pro, to an x850xt pe. In order to do this i do??..
1: Download the XT-PE BIOS, and the Modified flashrom
2: Make a backup of your current BIOS with modified flashrom.
3: Flash your AGP X850Pro with XT-PE BIOS with modified flashrom.

Do i burn the modified flash rom to a cd, and boot into it??? and then type
"flashrom -s 0 backup.bin"
"flashrom -f -p 0 PE.bin"

(so do i burn all of thoes files in that guide to a disc? and boot into it or something?) can someone please elaborate on exactly what i have to do.

the guide im using is here but im an idiot.
http://www.overclock.net/faqs/44936-...pro-xt-pe.html

Thanks alot.
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It sounds like you pretty much got it. You only need 2 things on the boot disk: The modified flashrom (3 files total in the .zip), and whatever BIOS .bin file you want to use. I'm assuming you know how to make a boot disk in Windows XP. It's really easy. There is some more info here:

http://www.overclock.net/ati/63333-m...xperience.html

If you still have ?'s, let me know.
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alrighty, so then to exit out of dos, i just type exit. and it should work? also, i need a bios, with the stock 500 500 speeds of the x850 pro, but i want teh 16 pipes. also before the flash do i need to uninstall my drivers first?
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H-T,

You need a DOS boot floppy. A DOS prompt won't work. Boot up to your boot floppy, run the flashrom utility, and reboot your PC. Everything you need to add to your boot floppy, as well as the same instructions I used, is located on the link you posted. It sounds like you are looking for a BIOS that is stock Pro speeds (500/500), with 16-pipes. This BIOS exists somewhere on this forum, but I can't find it at the moment, and I have not tried it. I did the following:

1) Make an XP boot floppy
2) Add the flashrom files, the atiflash files, and the XT-PE BIOS. All are posted on:
http://www.overclock.net/faqs/44936-...pro-xt-pe.html
3) Boot up to the XP boot disk.
4) Use atiflash to make a backup of your existing BIOS.
5) Use flashrom to overwrite your Pro BIOS with the XT-PE BIOS.
6) Reboot into Windows. It should re-detect the card. No need to un-install/re-install the drivers.
7) Reboot the PC after the drivers re-initialize.
8) Run ATItool to verify that you have 16-pipes, and XT-PE clock speeds.
9) Reboot to your XP boot disk again
10) Use atiflash to flash your original backup BIOS back to your card
11) Reboot into Windows. It should re-detect the card. No need to un-install/re-install the drivers.
12) Run ATItool to verify that you have 16-pipes, and Pro clock speeds (500/500).

Also, have you run ATItool to see if your card is even moddable? If not, you should do that first. Hit shift->settings in ATItool, and scroll down to your fuse config. The 2 hex values should read:

0xFFFFFFFF
0xFFFFFF9F

If yours is different, please post your results.
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yes i have done so, and it is moddable, im goiing to flash it tonight with your great post tonight.

--heres my ati flash fuse configs..


*edit*
also, why do u have to use 2 flashing programs...like ati flash and flashrom...why cant u just stick with one?
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Well it worked. Just installed it, but i lowered my clocks manually through ati tool, and i just run it on that setting. I have 16 pipes now and im happy!

also, would a pci slot cooler help....right now i have my big zalman vf 700 cooling...but i think i need a better way of exhausting the heat other than opening up some pci slots (heehee not bad for temporary). maybe something like this speeze or this power color.
speeze
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...9598&CatId=804

powercolor
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&sku=P262-3034




heres ati tool info.
dude, mrblink i love u.

o yah, and wen i used the x850xt pe 1.6 ns with fan control...it downlocked my card to 8 pipes...so i used the original 1, and i dont need fan control ssince my zalman has independant power anyways.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by H-T
Well it worked. Just installed it, but i lowered my clocks manually through ati tool, and i just run it on that setting. I have 16 pipes now and im happy!

also, would a pci slot cooler help....right now i have my big zalman vf 700 cooling...but i think i need a better way of exhausting the heat other than opening up some pci slots (heehee not bad for temporary). maybe something like this speeze or this power color.
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http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...9598&CatId=804

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heres ati tool info.
dude, mrblink i love u.

o yah, and wen i used the x850xt pe 1.6 ns with fan control...it downlocked my card to 8 pipes...so i used the original 1, and i dont need fan control ssince my zalman has independant power anyways.
Did you lose any video memory OC? If so, how much? I lost almost 20 mhz.
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no i havent lost any. Thoese zalman ram sinks do a real good job. But i just need a better exhaust right under the zalman....then im set...i just played a good 30 mins of css. max temperature was about 58 degrees celsius...which isnt too bad....but im scared to overclock until i get a better exhaust in the case....+ i need to lower my heat in my computer room...ambient temperature is feeling a bit warm.

**one random question, lets say i ever decided to uninstall ati tool...or even if i dont have it open....its still runing off the clocks i have set correct? or do u suggest i reflash my old bios...to get the stock temperatures back.**
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Originally Posted by H-T
no i havent lost any. Thoese zalman ram sinks do a real good job. But i just need a better exhaust right under the zalman....then im set...i just played a good 30 mins of css. max temperature was about 58 degrees celsius...which isnt too bad....but im scared to overclock until i get a better exhaust in the case....+ i need to lower my heat in my computer room...ambient temperature is feeling a bit warm.
I ran 1266 mhz on my ram with stock cooling, I can't even get close to that with the Zalman. I did gain some gpu core though, but I'm happy to get rid of the noise. I used to run my stock cooler at 100% for temps above 40 C.
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