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Flashing Sapphire HD6970 with ASUS6970 bios.

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In consideration with ATI's new idiot proof dual bios [a wonderful feature] I decided to see if I could put an Asus bios on my sapphire card in order to take advantage of their voltage tweaking utilities but have been rather unsuccessful.

The Details:

I am using bios setting #1. This is the unprotected one right? and ATIFLASH version 3.84 which has been updated to include the 69xx series.

When Flashing the bios, I keep getting a 0FL01 error Rom not written "press 1" after every attempt.
My first few attempts were thwarted by the response "ssid's mismatched" so I started using the command "atiflash -p 0 -fs bios.bin" -fs forces the flash and overlooks the SSID check. At which point it does its normal dance then just stops. Says ROM was not written. gives me the for-mentioned error.

I have tried -sst, -st, -atmel all in combination with -p 0 -fs all to no avail. All commands were accepted but non have been successful. I have even gone as far as to try this on both switch positions with similar results. [And yes, I saved backup copies.]

Is there anyone out there who has tried this before and had success? Is it something simple I am missing? [probably] I would really like to be able to use the asus bios on this card. MSI afterburner will not work at all plus I am already familiar with ASUS voltage tweaking utilities.

Help if you can. I eagerly await any I may receive.
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I'm assuming you issued the unlock command first?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beers;12108471 
I'm assuming you issued the unlock command first?

Well it turns out is was something simple I was missing. To do anything with the sapphire 6970 bios you must first unlock it apparently.

atiflash -unlockrom 0

then atiflash -p 0 -f bios.bin

-fs forces flash despite ssid difference. if -f isnt working

The flash was successful and even allowed me to use smartdoctor. Unfortunately even smartdoctor cannot adjust the voltage on a Sapphire 6970. Otherwise the Asus bios is so far completely compatible with a sapphire card. same WEI scores etc. No artifacts. Next step I guess is to see if I can modify the bios with RBE and get the voltages i need after I have some feedback from people already overclocking these cards.

I was under the impression these first cards were reference models and could be toyed with. Apparently this one is not.
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You should be able to adjust voltages with the most recent Afterburner beta (2.1 beta 6 IIRC). Also, they're all reference designs at the moment which is the reason you can easily switch between BIOS's and not have the potential for issues.
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post #5 of 6
Maybe try this: atiflash -p 0 x -f
x = bios file
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beers;12109123 
You should be able to adjust voltages with the most recent Afterburner beta (2.1 beta 6 IIRC). Also, they're all reference designs at the moment which is the reason you can easily switch between BIOS's and not have the potential for issues.

This^

My HD6850 has unlocked voltage on both Trixx and MSI 2.16
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