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I saw a guide on flashing a 5850 with either the Asus or MSI bios, and thought i'd give it a try with my PowerColor PCS+ 5850(you can probably already see where this is going)

I set up my usb, booted from it, typed in atiflash -f -p 0 MSI.A11, and it said it flashed it successfully, please reboot to continue. I reboot, and i get nothing. It's as if i haven't plugged my monitor in. I suspect i've killed it, but if there's ANY chance I can recover it, how? Believe me, I spend a lot of time on forums, and I know how irritating people asking for help can get, but I really don't know what to do, nor whether this is even the right section!

I have a friend with a crossfire capable motherboard, which i seem to remember reading is what you need, but I'm not sure, and I don't trust myself to try anything without help

If it helps, my specs are:
Pentium Dual Core e6500 @ 3.8GHz
Asus P5KPL-AM/PS motherboard
2Gb Kingston DDR-800 RAM
PowerColor 5850 PCS+
Windows 7 32 Bit

[EDIT] Flashing it on a crossfire motherboard fixed it, card now works just as before. Thanks for all the advice guys! Saved me getting a new card!
Edited by TheSeraph - 1/31/11 at 3:46am
post #2 of 25
Afaik, once it's gone, it's gone. And it sounds like...it's gone (aka bricked)


odd though, i managed to successfully flash my old 5850 BIOS without an issue. However i didn't use anything i downloaded from the net. rather i copied the original, then edited it in a bios editor then flashed it to the card.

Tbh, i'd never trust a rom online, unless it was for that specific make/model, fresh from manufacterer.
post #3 of 25
Blind flash it back with the original bios. If you managed to back it up in the first place.
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Afaik, once it's gone, it's gone. And it sounds like...it's gone (aka bricked)


odd though, i managed to successfully flash my old 5850 BIOS without an issue. However i didn't use anything i downloaded from the net. rather i copied the original, then edited it in a bios editor then flashed it to the card.

Tbh, i'd never trust a rom online, unless it was for that specific make/model, fresh from manufacterer.
You can usually flash them still, you just have the problem of not being able to see anything.

I think you can flash it in another rig with extra pci-e slots, but I've never done that myself.
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If you have the old bios or can get a hold of it, I believe you can put another vid card in the first PCI-E slot, and the bad card in the second slot and change the 0 to a 1 (to flash the second card) with the old bios. I would research the parameters and switches for ATIflash utility

Again, I am not 100% sure about the parameters, but I remember a thread were someone did it.

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You guys are really helpful! Nice to see a forum where people are ready to help

I found this guide: http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...hics-card.html , and I'm going to try that. I don't have the original BIOS, as I was TOLD on the guide that the tool does it for you, but have since discovered that no, it doesn't. Found what I *think* is the original here: http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/6...24.091007.html , but it's a .bin file? Afaik that's a virtual drive file, and it won't open with poweriso...

Heck, I thought I was computer savvy, but clearly I'm out of my league.
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Bios image files come in many different flavors. .bin is actually a very common one.
 
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Well you would have two things, one is the program to flash the BIOS, and the other is the BIN file, which is the BIOS you are flashing to the card.
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post #9 of 25
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I think it's almost conclusively dead. I ran the "unbrick your bricked graphics card" guide, and when it came to "atiflash -i" All it gave me was "adapter not found" looks like there goes $150...
post #10 of 25
Not to sound like a douche, but next time you should really do a little bit more research into it before you flash your hardware with things.

I think you had your first problem trying to flash your powercolor card with an MSI bios.
I guess you live you learn.

But I am glad OCN was able to help you. There are some video care gurus that are around, you might want to PM one of them and see if you could ship the card to them and see if they can fix it.
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