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Flashing the graphical BIOS - any negative consequences if it succeeds?

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by chevalier, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. chevalier

    chevalier Knight of Everfull Chalice ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    I've read a couple of guides at respectable sites saying you can flash a GF5900XT with a GF5950U bios. I have that and from the same manufacturer even, so I'm ready. Thing is, I've heard so much about how great it works and even temperatures are lower and the card still overclocks and all this without additional cooling needed.

    I know that between 5900 and 5900U, 5950, 5950U there's no real difference and in some cases, we're talking about the same card with a BIOS telling it to run at a slower speed. But 5900XT might be a bit different... Although the MSI version of 5900XT (what I have) is said to be an overclocker's dream, I just keep wondering if you really can get away with suge a huge increase in speed (different voltage makes the temperatures lower and you can OC it even higher) and no risk to your card.

    So, question is, if it succeeds and all seems to be right, can something still go wrong?
     
  2. trillex Gems: 13/31
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    Well, basically the warrant CAN go off, if it randomly breaks, you send it back and the tech people randomly decide to really check if the BIOS is the right one - it simply won't be covered and you would have to throw the wallet to your hardware guy again.

    Besides that, there can always be the consequence of it awkwardly malfunctioning but from what I've heard, it is relatively easy to flash the BIOS back to the original, if it decides to mess up.
     
  3. Disciple of The Watch

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    Kiss your GPU goodbye if the flashing fails for any reason... last session in the computer tech class, we flashed BIOSes on many computers, and one of them failed after erasing the old version, for some obscure reason - the comp never ever worked again.

    But then again this is worst-case scenario.

    [ November 16, 2006, 06:57: Message edited by: Disciple of The Watch ]
     
  4. trillex Gems: 13/31
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    Sounds like the GPU got fried somehow, could be because it got too much voltage or some other unpredictable thing.

    When I flashed my old 9600, I was able to boot up in safe mode and flash it back.
     
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