With that out of the way let's digest things a bit! First please understand any of these guides can get outdated or unnecessary. If you're unsure just ask in the relevant sub forum of the GPU forums! Now lets start with GPU Flashing the primary point. This section will be broken up into several sub sections to help with clarity and timelining.
Some of these skills or instructions will be needed as explanations become harder to understand. If you have any questions please ask them but please attempt to read the section s in their entirety as it may have already been explained.
First a rundown for those of us not interested in the scary things that come later in the guide such as bad flashing a bios, bricking your card, your grandmother walking in on your session of lonely space vixens, or losing your skyrim save data. I want better performance out of my card but I want a more permanent solution than using OC software. Most people generally do this for experimentation or because they first found stable OC settings and would like to make them more permanent.
Have you read that? Never flash until you have backed up your current bios! This is a no brainer really. It also gives you a way to save your ass later if you mess up! This can all be remedied by flashing the original back since well you know Now lets open it up!
This button image or whatever may change with future revisions of GPU-Z but I imagine it will most likely always be next to the bios version string. When in doubt just mouse over the various bits and it will tell you what it does. By default it saves as. By default GPU-Z saves it as the architecture name. The options are endless and your chances of success are too slim for this to be worth it.
I will explain later how to flash the proper way. It will take you maybe an extra 5min and you should seriously consider doing it. If you decide to not heed this warning and flash via windows anyway and totally scramble your GPUs brains I have a section for that but not sympathy.
In Fact I will probably publicly shame you. So just read the guide leave a thanks and not say a thing. Much like the flashing in windows warning there is alot that can go wrong. Even if you have done your mobo bios another card whatever overclocked I can personally say I have wrecked boards doing this. I cannot stress this enough. The problem in some cases is in fact the damn good compatibility.
With certain manufacturers playing nice with others at different clocks its easy to mix cards between brands even if they dont necissarily play well with each others clocks or memory timings the driver takes care of the rest.
However a mistake of this type when flashing can leave you with nothing but problems. I generally recommend flashing with only the GPU intended to be flashed instead of the team you may have working for you.
This makes the chance of mistake lower and the flashing process a bit easier. With the rules out of the way let's get started with flashing for the noob. Upto this point please refer to the things learned thus far and we at this point will run under the assumption you have read it understood it and have a perfectly working card that you just want to flash.
To get started go ahead and grab the "flash package" attached at the bottom of this post which contains everything needed to get you started! Unzip it to a directory so you can easily manage the files.
After which lets do the following. Individual files attached below are provided for people that are having a hard time finding specific things. The "Flash Package" contains all of the attached files in one nice package. Get a thumb drive 64mb or greater. Run the HP Disk storage tool as Administrator. In the Tool make sure your device appears under the "Device" drop down list 5.
Click on the "win98boot" folder and press "OK" 8. Now click "Start" inside the HP format tool. After the format completes COPY atiflash. This should be 5 or less characters. Also remember to copy over your original! After the copy completes Please make sure if your GPU comes with a bios switch it is in position number 1!!!!! If it is not or you are uncertain shut down your machine and make sure of this now!
Generally it is marked on the PCB and most times the "1" position is towards the rear of the PC case assuming card is installed However it is good to lookup and verify these positions yourself. Please check with your GPU manufacturer for more details. Select your thumb drive and hit enter. You will be greeted with a black and white DOS screen and a blinking cursor.
Run the following command to get the adapter number no quotes please. If you have not backed up your bios yet via GPU-Z above take this time to do it now using this command atiflash -s 0 orig.
In most cases your system flash has gone smooth especially if you followed the directions above! Most of the time you will need nothing more and if flashing again just follow the instructions again to the letter. At this point you can remove and copy bios. However it is not uncommon that after a bios flash you need to reinstall your drivers! Doing so may fix a lot of odd issues after a bios flash so please try that should anything seem off!
A Link to the AMD driver page is at the top of this guide! Any overclocking or mods past this point need to fall into their own threads since they won't be supported here. However if things were not fun and games and terrible things happened lets continue into the deep dark world of unbreaking your new paper weight. Darting your eyes this way and that hoping an end to the dry humor is near so that you can hurriedly fix your GPU and put yourself in a worse position than you currently are.
However I won't let that happen. One of the most important part of this section is the ability to have a few laughs and stay calm. Trying to rush will lead to RMA, permanent brick, system downtime, low bank account, and probably angry significant other.
So lets do this slow and steady so that you have the best chances at saving the mistake. I cannot guarantee your card will work. I can however guarantee that if you follow this guide your best foot will be forward and you will have a better chance than you would otherwise.
A few different ways exist to flash and save a video card. I will be doing them in order from least difficult to most difficult. Lets look at the cardinal rules set out at the beginning of the guide. Follow them to a T. Once you have made your flash drive and made sure your system is stock we can continue. Lets talk about issues with this statement though.
First lets take a deep breath and solve your no boot issue before we get to flashing. Take this time to We are going to be under the assumption you have read and understood the cardinal rules of bios flashing. If you do not have a setting in your bios that allows you to specify the default VGA adapter then having the GPU that needs to be flashed in a secondary slot usually lower than the first slot on the motherboard that allows a graphics card.
You can also use various combinations of advanced recovery to get yourself either booting or more importantly a flash drive. If you do not have a backup of your bios and your GPU can boot using a bios switch located on the card boot into windows and dump the bios from the second chip and use IT to flash the affected eeprom chip. So you don't have a thumb drive? I really recommend buying or finding a static drive you can have on you at all times to flash with.
If you don't have one make one on another machine now. If you live in Alaskan wilderness and have no way of using a friends PC and do not own another PC lets follow the directions below to get a display. Once display is obtained we can boot into windows while limping and make a drive that can save us.
Now lets see what our options are using the various methods of getting display. Do you have a bios switch on your GPU? If you do shut down your system now switch it to another position and attempt to boot your rig.
With your GPU working in the other bios switch position boot to your flash drive until you are at the root prompt and cursor. At this point it is assumed you have NOT ran any commands. With your side panel off take this time to switch your bios switch to the opposite position corrupted with the system running.
Make sure it is in the position it was on when it was corrupted. Shut down your system and re-insert the damaged GPU. Start the system using onboard VGA and again using the flash guide above re-attempt to flash your GPU please take note to use atiflash -i To get the adapter number since using onboard VGA will change the previous command parameter you are familiar with.
If you do not have onboard VGA please reproduce step 3. Boot using the compatible VGA card and set it as default.