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New bios for sapphire HD 4870

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by evilfury, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. evilfury

    evilfury Master Guru

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    Well on following url you can find new bios which arrived at friday.

    http://www.sapphiretech.com/at/support/drivers.php

    Users reported that the card doesnt sound like jet engine before take off and no need to use CCC fan fix. Also theres is the report that game crashes are gone. What crashes? Except stalker i hadnt got any crashes.
     
  2. Decane

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    Sapphire's flashing instructions suck -- someone want to write me a short guide on how what I'm supposed to do with that download?
     
  3. cretud

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    1. Boot in pure Dos mode. That means you need a bootable floppy or USB Stick
    2. On an USB Stick, copy the content of the 578.zip archive which you have downloaded
    3. After booting from floppy or USB stick do this:
    Assuming your drive letter for stick is X, type:

    CD X:
    cd \flash
    flash

    After all this, your current bios will be saved on the stick and the new one will be written.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. Decane

    Decane Ancient Guru

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    Hey man, thanks for the guide. Can I just create an MS-DOS bootable floppy in WinXP and boot with that? Is MS-DOS the same as Pure DOS?
     

  5. cretud

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    Yes, you cand do it. Pure DOS means MS-DOS without any other drivers loaded. The method you mentioned is OK.
     
  6. Decane

    Decane Ancient Guru

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    I just tried booting off the MS-DOS bootable disk and I got to a command prompt of sorts, where it just said:

    A:\>

    ... Okay, so I wrote:

    A:\>flash\flash

    And it gave me some funny "bad command or file name" message. Of course, since it didn't try to flash anything, my system booted up just fine afterwards, but I'd really love some more insight on what it is exactly that I need to write.

    PS: How do I exit that DOS prompt mode without hard-resetting my PC? :nerd:
     
  7. cretud

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    Have you copied the flash directory and all its contents on the floppy? I don't think so! Copy the files on the floppy and it will work. Or use a flash usb and put the flash directory there. Look at my instructions again!
     
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  9. chaotic1

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    so this bios will not work with my sapphire 4870 ?

    sku#21133-00-20R
    PN 102-B50701-10-AT
     
  10. KBDE

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    Will work with any 4870 with 512MB ;)
     

  11. philheckler

    philheckler Master Guru

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    if thats the case why does the sapphire website say..

    "FOR P/N:188-01E85-001SA,SKU#11133-00 ONLY"
     
  12. chaotic1

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    thats what i was thinking to lol
     
  13. Mr.Bigtime

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    Oh my god. this topic is what i was looking for. my topic was stupid. here the answers.

    Guys , Any of u updated his BIOS?
     
  14. Djoums

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    Yes, updated mine. I don't see any change though.
     
  15. chaotic1

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    what are the part numbers etc that people have and are using this bios ? , i as this cause i do not want to mess up this gfx card
     

  16. Mr.Bigtime

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    i copy/paste my post here from other topic:

    the product that can apply NIOS update must contain following:

    Mine is same but:

    So same i guess.


    EDIT : and how to create a bootable USB flashdrive? i dont have Floppy in my PC 0_0

    in BIOS i see my USB flashdrive(FD), and i set it to first boot device. but when my PC starts it says no bootable media available or something like that so i restrt. what to do? HELP pls :(
     
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  18. Mr.Bigtime

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    Thank u man. i lost myself between HP USB Disk Flash utility and win98 bootable files.. 0_o

    i did update my BIOS. From EVEREST system monitor, as i see my GPU Diode(memio) temp decreased 5Cs . i dont know rest. i hope no problems will occur.
     
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  19. Decane

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    I did copy the flash directory on my bootable MS-DOS floppy. The four files in the floppy are:
    • A:\flash\1E8501SA.002
    • A:\flash\atiflash.exe
    • A:\flash\flash.bat
    • A:\flash\Readme First.txt
    ... In addition to some other crap Windows put on it to make it a bootable MD-DOS floppy. I have tried to write:

    A:\>flash\atiflash -p 0 1e8501sa.002 -f

    ... But it said that the file 1e8501sa.002 is invalid or something, even though I'm positive I'm trying to flash the correct bios! Could someone who has successfully flashed their HD4870 with this particular bios please write step-by-step instructions on how you did it?
     
  20. fungus303

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    Updated my Sapphire Radeon HD4870 512!

    Running 2D @ 350/450 voltage 1.083 - fan 28% = temp 45-46c idle! :D

    The temp was 56-58c with old bios, same clock and fan speed!

    Also now i can clock my card without game crashes!

    3D @ 820/1100 voltage 1.263 - Fan auto = never over 70c load :D

    So for me this new bios is great :)

    Bless
     

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