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Head on over to newegg and buy the MSI GTX465 Twin Frozr II Golden Editon. That's the only one that is unlocking these days. The unlockable, black PCB PNY's are OOS at most e-tailers.

However, you can pick up a reference GTX470 for less than $280 now, so that's probably the best way to go.
Where are you acquiring a ref GTX 470 for <$280? On newegg they are starting at $320+ and thats not even a reference card.
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Where are you acquiring a ref GTX 470 for <$280? On newegg they are starting at $320+ and thats not even a reference card.
This one's $289.99 shipped before the $20 MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121372


Here are the rest, sorted by price: low to high. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E&PageSize=100
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This one's $289.99 shipped before the $20 MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121372


Here are the rest, sorted by price: low to high. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E&PageSize=100
Oh wow how did I miss that? Thanks, I've been having a rough day today.
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Oh wow how did I miss that? Thanks, I've been having a rough day today.
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Guide worked perfect for me, took about 5 minutes to flash!


Reps to you, thanks!
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"When you boot into nvflash and it prompts you to update your firmware skip that."

Excuse my ignorance here but when I boot from the USB stick is there something I have to do "boot into nvflash?" Going to try this later and I have never done this before

Also, I notice it says its very important to save an original 465 bios to use incase cards get bricked. Where is a smart place to save this to? Another USB stick? What else do I need to have on that USB stick to be able to flash to original bios? I know these are probably things you all know but I am learning as I go. Thanks in advance!
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"When you boot into nvflash and it prompts you to update your firmware skip that."

Excuse my ignorance here but when I boot from the USB stick is there something I have to do "boot into nvflash?" Going to try this later and I have never done this before

Also, I notice it says its very important to save an original 465 bios to use incase cards get bricked. Where is a smart place to save this to? Another USB stick? What else do I need to have on that USB stick to be able to flash to original bios? I know these are probably things you all know but I am learning as I go. Thanks in advance!
The process is actually much simpler than I thought:
  1. Boot from either a floppy drive or a USB flash drive
  2. Type nvflash --eraseeeprom (that's "erase 'ee' p-rom", but I don't know what it means)
  3. Press the letter 'y' when prompted for a response.
  4. Type nvflash -4 -5 -6 biosname.rom (tip: make absolutely sure that the BIOS name you choose for the BIOS you're flashing is 6 characters or less, otherwise you'll have to type DIR and then figure out exactly what the filename has become due to the 6.3 limit)
  5. When prompted, press the letter 'y'
  6. Wait for it to finish
  7. When it finishes, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and boot your system normally (into Windows, etc.)
  8. Windows will re-install the driver (but you can prevent this by deleting the C:\\NVIDIA folder before you do any of these steps)
  9. When it finishes, reboot.
(use the copy of nvflash that comes in the download package as linked in the OP because it is the simplest to use as it doesn't keep asking you to type "YES" and "Y" over and over - it's not like "are you sure?"... "are you sure that you're sure?"... "so, are you serious? Are you sure for real?"... "I'm giving you one last chance: are you positively sure?". It just goes "Are you sure? Yes? Ok cool; here we go").

However, I don't know how to back up the stock BIOS because it didn't work when I tried it (but I'm noticing that some people have success while others don't). If you're successful in doing so, then just place it anywhere that you either feel is safe, or convenient. My personal recommendation is on some form of permanent storage since USB flash drives aren't permanent (the data on a USB flash drive is not guaranteed to last forever).

That's literally all there is to the flashing process (that is, once you have downloaded the BIOS you want and once you've made your USB flash drive bootable)
Edited by TwoCables - 12/13/10 at 5:26pm
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To backup stock bios:

nvflash --save origbios.rom

Do this before erasing the prom
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"When you boot into nvflash and it prompts you to update your firmware skip that."

Excuse my ignorance here but when I boot from the USB stick is there something I have to do "boot into nvflash?" Going to try this later and I have never done this before

Also, I notice it says its very important to save an original 465 bios to use incase cards get bricked. Where is a smart place to save this to? Another USB stick? What else do I need to have on that USB stick to be able to flash to original bios? I know these are probably things you all know but I am learning as I go. Thanks in advance!
The "asks you to update, skip it" thing is for those who use the autoexec.bat file with the nvflash -4 -5 -6 on it. The autoexec file always self-executes when found on a drive. If you don't have one on there (I didn't), you can skip that step.

I saved mine to the same bootable USB stick. It'll have to be on there in case you need to re-flash back to stock anyway.

As for booting into nvflash, no. The USB will be given a drive letter and be sitting there, looking something like this:

X:\\

By typing nvflash, that tells the USB stick what program to call
and then the --(command) tells nvflash exactly what to do.


All in all the guide in the original post in this thread is a bit overly complicated. It's not nearly as difficult/scary as it makes it seem.
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