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Originally Posted by H-T
yeah thats why im interested in the pci slot exhaust....b/c the zalman tends to spin the hot air around......also, if i flash the old bios as mrblink said to, with ati flash...will i still have 16 pipes, but have my "default" speeds at 500 / 500.
Hi H-T,

Two things. Didn't you post somewhere your vidoe card spec?? I just wanted to compare yours to mine. (edited) Not the fuse numbers, but the serial number on the card? Your fuse numbers are exactly like mine, just wondering about the S/N. Second thing: Here's a link to coolerguys. Lots of stuff to give you some ideas and some of the coolers are on sale.

http://www.coolerguys.com/hadrco.html

Congrats! On your overclock and flash, or is that flash and then OC! :-)
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i dont have the xt pe clocks...wen i had thoes on, it was unstable, but i pulled off results similar to yours. 300+.

also where on the card is the serial number...i have to bend all the way down and take a peak lol.
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i dont have the xt pe clocks...wen i had thoes on, it was unstable, but i pulled off results similar to yours. 300+.

also where on the card is the serial number...i have to bend all the way down and take a peak lol.
Hi H-T,

Yeah the serial number is on the bottom of the card as it's located in the case. :-( A little white sticker with bar coding, S/N on top of it. That's why I thought you posted it some where else in these forums. With the card out, it's easy to read. When Inspire asked me to post my serial number, I had to have my 11 year old daughter lay down on her side and read it. The writing was too small and under my desk too un-comfortable! LOL!!!
Anyway, no problems. I just thought I'd ask, because I think my card is similiar to yours. If it is, I might think about flashing it like you to get the 4 extra pipelines. As for the speed. I've been running it 521/548 now for 3 weeks, with no problems at all. So I know with the flash I could have an X850XT instead of the X850Pro. Just like the overclockers like, something good for a little extra work ;-)

Take care, :-)
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Hey 455buick,

I checked out my serial number on my card and it says:
S/N: 180530 909147
another good way to tell, is to check to see if you have this yellow ViVo(video in/video out) connector.
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Good luck, in flashing your card, if you need help, feel free to ask me. (well im no pro but i know how to do it now)
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Hi H-T,

Yeap I think I might be able too. I have the ViVo connector, my serial number is 180529 and I have the same fuse numbers. From what I've read here, and your posted success, I think it's doable. Now the real hard question. Can you give me "exact" instructions, line by line?? I read where you flashed twice, one for the XT PE Bios and then for the XT Bios. I don't think mine will run at the high clocks of 540/590 but it's running beatifully at 521/548. What I'm afraid of is killing the card, but like everyone else I'd like the 16 pipelines. So, maybe we can take this off-line via E-mail or do it here. Whatever is easiest. BTW - I've only flashed once in my life and it failed. An ASUS P2B. I think it was a bad BIOS version, but Jack at Badflash had to save my EPROM from the junk pile. I've also witnessed two other flashes that killed motherboards, so like I said, I'm nervous but willing to try.
Let me know what you did, Ok?
Take care, :-)
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lollll, I'm a little afraid myself...
I agree with 455buick, more information on flashing is very much appreciated as well!
(No Floppy Disc Drive)
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I just wrote up a longer, more detailed guide:

http://www.overclock.net/ati/66312-u...o-modding.html
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yeah mrblink has a really thorough guide. i basically followed it exactly, except i made my original backup using flashrom. the command exactly is "flashrom -s 0 backup.bin"

also when you are done, with all of it..it really only takes less that 3 minutes, theres no way to exit with the boot disk other than powering off. well for me that was the case.

--ooo and an update on me--
im running it at 520/540 (xt speeds). i could go higher, but im too impatient for ati tool to finish finding the maxcore / max mem. how long does it normally take. at high loads, i reach a max of 55 degrees. however on occasion with ati tool, i have reached 60 degrees, its really stressfull. who new a hairy cube would be more intense than cs:s.
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to exit, just pop the CD out and hit ctrl-alt-del

ATItool takes a while. The longer it goes, the slower it goes (the heat-up phase increases). Let it go like 10 MHz, hit abort, apply the clock speed, and restart the process.
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Hi Mr Blink,

That is one fine guide. I read it before and now I've read it 4 times. I will be flashing and trying to un-lock the 4 extra pipelines on my card. As you, H-T and others have posted, my card should be good to go. I've been doing some researsch on the Artic 5 cooler for the X850 chiset. As you state it looks to be the "one" for this ATI card. I'm going to purchase this cooler first, and then try the flash. Thanks for everything, Rep+ for you!!

BTW - If it does not work, I won't be blaming you! Just my dumb luck or lack of knowledge.

Thanks again, :-)
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