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post #1 of 27
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i got a used XFX GTX285 BE 1024mb today and its stable and not artifacting @ stock but when i try to overclock it my pc freezes.
so i would like to try a different bios to see if there is something corrupted or so.

so i read how to flash a new bios but i dont really get how i find a BIOS that matches my gpu... i downloaded a XFX bios which seems to be a newer version but when i try to flash it i get this error msg:



so what exactly is the problem here?
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Why are you flashing it like that?
Why not through windows?
    
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the same reason i dont flash my MB in windows? and would that make a difference concerning the error?
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Its easier in Windows.
I've done it 20+ times ans NOTHING went wrong.
    
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so when you get a new bios, how do you check that its compatible with your card?
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I wouldnt flash it with a different BIOS as not every card has the same IC's for RAM or voltage regulation. You could end up bricking your card if you flash to an incompatible BIOS. My advice would be to modify your existing BIOS with Nbitor and raise the stock voltages and you should gain stability for higher clocks.

Only flash to another BIOS if it is an update for your card from the manufacturer, anything else is russian roulette
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just to confirm that flashing in windows does work quite well. I too was skeptical about flashing in windows but was left with no choice and it worked well, head over to tech power and see if there is another bios available, even if it is like for like bios file flash it to double check if it is the card or the bios thats the problem. hope that helps.

link to same bios http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/i...ace=&memSize=0

Here's another http://www.mvktech.net/component/opt...einfo/id,3116/
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I wouldnt flash it with a different BIOS as not every card has the same IC's for RAM or voltage regulation. You could end up bricking your card if you flash to an incompatible BIOS. My advice would be to modify your existing BIOS with Nbitor and raise the stock voltages and you should gain stability for higher clocks.

Only flash to another BIOS if it is an update for your card from the manufacturer, anything else is russian roulette
thats why i didnt flash it
i havent found any bios downloads on XFX site so i guess i have to use what other users provided...
the thing is that i am not able to oc it at all and ive searched a bit what other 285 can do and they are quite a bit higher. also i dont think XFX pushed the card to its very limits so a slight increase would instantly cause problems...

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just to confirm that flashing in windows does work quite well. I too was skeptical about flashing in windows but was left with no choice and it worked well, head over to tech power and see if there is another bios available, even if it is like for like bios file flash it to double check if it is the card or the bios thats the problem. hope that helps.

link to same bios http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/i...ace=&memSize=0

Here's another http://www.mvktech.net/component/opt...einfo/id,3116/
thanks for that link, i will see what happens when i try to flash it.
about the windows flash, what do you do if your flash fails and the computer for some reason reboots or so?
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just make sure you have another card. that way you wouldnt have to blind flash your broken card, but im pretty confident that it wont have a bad flash in windows btw download msi afterburner for all the overclocking side. it has a voltage unlock setting, that would be good to check out before flashing.
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post #10 of 27
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got the exactl same error with that bios:/ i will see what afterburner can do but as far as i understood is it not possible to change the voltage on the gtx285

EDIT: yeah just tried afterburner and no voltage available...
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