Flashing Video Cards Tips and Instructions. 5900specialty Do not erase the EEPROM Ever!!!!" Do not erase the EEPROM Ever!!!!" Do not erase the EEPROM Ever!!!!" Do not erase the EEPROM Ever!!!!" Flashing s only for 5900 series cards!Click here. No! Off Topic post no matter what it is. And follow the guidelines please. Read this whole entire post at lease twice or your going to F up a 200$+ video card. So dont be a moron and read it. Updated: Small update on 3/16/2004 (m/d/yyyy) Update: Do not erase the EEPROM Ever!!!!" Update: Use Nvflash 4.41 NOT!!!!!!!! 4.46 4.41 good. 4.46 bad Get it? got it? good! No asking for bios. no asking for any flashers or kind of software. We may post links and stuff willingly but not to request. And PLEASE dont flood this with useless post.. I want to keep it simple for those who actually need help. post questions willingly. This will help those of you who need help flashing you cards. This is incomplete but pretty good. Feel free to add comments. Do not ask for Bios files here. There are other threads with links. Feel free to post links. just dont ask for links. New Edit: before we get started many people ask why flash, why not just overclock.. well heres why. When you flash your 5900nu/u to 5950u it raises the core voltage which allows higher overclocking and stability. which also creates more heat. "but heat is bad i dont wanna flash it" well heres the thing, the leadtech and many new bios's have something that speeds up the fans to the correct levels. most people experience lower temps AFTER flashing.. "how did that come to be you ask" well obviously when the fans speed up it increases airflow most 5900s have very good stock cooling. "except the creative 3d labs, i was unimpressed" soo... only downside to the higher fan speed is more noise.. but when the noise is the same of an actual 5950 how can you complain.. your not spending 450$ for a card more like under 200$ USD Many people have 300watt Power suplies cause thats what many of the 5900nu's require, well get yourself a bigger psu.. its almost common sense now.. get at lease a 350watt 400 to be safe 500 to be withing the grasp of bliss. 5900nu/u to 5950u list, incomplete Ok from what i've seen on other forums. the types that will work are BFG 5900nu, 5900u, Leadteks 350+ 5900nu and 5900u, Gainward 5900nu&u, PNY 5900nu/u, eVga same as always.. MSI 5900s, these are testy and mean but they are flashable. Albatron Gigabyte select 5900s such as U and NU, XFX brands. Chaintech, Asus, Aopen. Prolink Pixelviews work too. and even a couple people got a Jaton brand cards to work. Click! --> Ok listen people FX5900 SE/XT/LX info, Read now! <-- Click! 5900SE and XT cards MAY or MAYNOT be flashable and usable. though your more then welcome to try. To get started Flashing your bios. Please correct me if i make any mistakes. Rename your bios file of the rom to A380u.rom or File.rom depends whats easier for you. Copy your flashing program and the rom/s you want to flash to a blank floppy. may it be nvflash or WFFLASH your choice. i dont care. Get ahold of a windows 98/ME boot disk and boot to dos it will probably give your choices. soo go ahead and boot to dos. (restart computer with boot disk in floppy drive) Once in dos and you have your A:\ command prompt. (if you have C:\ or something else. just type a: then hit enter) eject the boot disk and incert the disk with your flash software and bios rom files. then type "DIR" without quotes then hit enter it will list your files on that drive just for spelling and refrence purposes. !!! DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHATS GOING ON HERE OR IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING ASK A FRIEND THAT KNOWS!!! I can not stress this enough! If i assume something that means im not 100% sure other people can correct me on this. !!!Flashing with WFFLASH.exe from leadtek's site. Prefered flash device was WFFlash (-s backup.rom, to save backup of your original) 1) A:\WFFLASH.exe -s backup.rom [Enter] (to backup just incase) 2) A:\WFFLASH.exe file.rom [Enter] (to write the file to card) if that does not work, i hear some people can make it work this way \/ 2) A:\WFFLASH.exe NM File.rom [Enter] !!!Flashing with NVFLASH Use NvFlash version 4.41 1) A:\nvflash -b backup.rom [Enter] (to backup the rom) 2) A:\nvflash -p -u -f file.rom [Enter] (or A380u.rom this is to write it) If error messages then you can though i would not advice going on 2*) A:\nvflash -5 -f file.rom [Enter] if more errors, then 2*) A:\nvflash -5 -6 -f file.rom [Enter] If you get write errors try to remove the write protect as in A:\nvflash -r [Enter] Some NVflash.exe commands alot of people are asking -f <filename> "to flash the file, place before bios file name must include extinsion .rom .bios ect.." -b <filname> "to backup the one currently on the card" -y "reboot system place at very end, though this is not advized" -a "list all nvidia display addapters found on the system" -r "to remove bios protection, thanks Spuk0 for this infomation" -i <index> "Force a specific device index.. not sure but i think this is before the flash command so you only flash the card you want if you have multiple nvidia cards in -a should show the cards" Sample usage: nvflash -n=1 -f nv30nz.rom [Enter] "to flash a certain card i assume." -n "Bypass the PCI BIOS. i assume so this does not flash any pci adapters installed" !!!if you get error messages and you dont know what your doing STOP and let someone who does know to do it for you or use WFFlash.exe from leadteks site and stuff!!! nvflash thing its -b to backup the file, and -f to flash. and if you get errors flashing you can use -5 -6 -f file.rom which will bypass the errors but havent tested this myself. x-bios to change the startups of the bios's screen and such. which is nifty. Nice to have a 2 second show of your screen when you computer shows anything you want to say. like "Choujis computer! equiped with bfg 5950 128mb." and such.. its always cool you can get the bios's at leadteks main website. and you can always google nvflash or wfflash ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR ORIGINAL BIOS! IF YOUR FLASHING FAILS YOU CAN ALWAYS DO A BLIND FLASH OR USE A PCI VIDEO CARD A blind flash! i will explain. if you fail in flashing or accidently restart to soon or what not. you can start up your computer you wont be able to see anything.. KEEP the boot disc in the floppy drive, and let your computer load untell the floppy reads NOTE you wont be able to see anything. If you have questions go ahead and post them, i read this about every couple hours and daily. * is for alternative methods NVFlash software Vivo and Flashing fix. Doesnt always work but worth a shot! For those with Problems.