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Black Wibble
01-12-04, 04:09 AM
If anyone has an MSI FX5600-VTD256 or knows anyone with that card, could they help out "This_guy" at the MSI HQ Support Forum? He flashed his card with the wrong BIOS and needs the original one. BTW, this has nothing do with the frenzied effort by some to flash their card with a Leadtek fx5950 Ultra BIOS, if that's what you're thinking. :-)

http://forum.msi.com.tw/thread.php?threadid=37923&sid=

Tony.

saturnotaku
01-12-04, 08:10 AM
Originally posted by Black Wibble
if that's what you're thinking. :-)


I wasn't because anyone who would try to flash a 5600 with the 5950 BIOS is an idiot. ;)

Try http://www.guru3d.com for BIOS files though you might have a hard time trying to find one for MSI. Not all card manufacturers make these files available. This is why whenever you try something like this, you should always make sure to back up the original, which programs like nvflash and wfflash will do.

The Baron
01-12-04, 08:25 AM
Well, THAT'S odd. I encountered a guy using that card the other night. Beta tester for X2, so I should be able to find him and steal a BIOS out of him.

Gator
01-12-04, 08:36 AM
I think my friend MIGHT have this card, I'm not sure but I could find out tonight. If he does, how do I save his video card bios to disk? Give me a step-by-step complete idiot's guide to do this, and give me the link to EASIEST utility possible. I've never done this before, and I would have to walk my friend thru it over the phone and he knows nothing abotu computers.

Make it SIMPLE for me.

Also I need 100% assurance that this does not impact my friend's video card at all. If there is ANY risk, I'm not doing it.

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by saturnotaku
I wasn't because anyone who would try to flash a 5600 with the 5950 BIOS is an idiot. ;)

Try http://www.guru3d.com for BIOS files though you might have a hard time trying to find one for MSI. Not all card manufacturers make these files available. This is why whenever you try something like this, you should always make sure to back up the original, which programs like nvflash and wfflash will do.

It was an MSI Live Update accident, I think. He didn't know anything about nvflash and about manually backing up and flashing the BIOS.

Tony.

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by Gator
I think my friend MIGHT have this card, I'm not sure but I could find out tonight. If he does, how do I save his video card bios to disk? Give me a step-by-step complete idiot's guide to do this, and give me the link to EASIEST utility possible. I've never done this before, and I would have to walk my friend thru it over the phone and he knows nothing abotu computers.

Make it SIMPLE for me.

Also I need 100% assurance that this does not impact my friend's video card at all. If there is ANY risk, I'm not doing it.

Gator, much appreciated. You have my 100% assurance. There is no risk
of stuffing up the card in any way. The command below ~reads~ information from the card only and doesn't write to the card.

1) Format a startup diskette.
2) Download nvflash_4.46.zip from http://whitebunny.demon.nl/download?file=nvflash_4.46.zip and extract the contents to the diskette.
3) Reboot on to the diskette.
4) Enter the command: nvflash -b 5600vtd.rom

(the -b is the Backup option.)

All done.

You can notify "This_ guy" at http://forum.msi.com.tw/thread.php?threadid=37923&sid=, or if you can't be bothered registering to another forum, send the file to me at anthony.neville_@_paradise.net.nz (without the "_").

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by The Baron
Well, THAT'S odd. I encountered a guy using that card the other night. Beta tester for X2, so I should be able to find him and steal a BIOS out of him.

That would be very handy, just in case Gator's pal has the wrong card.

crane99
01-12-04, 03:55 PM
Here a link for a msi5950 bios:

http://users.pandora.be/ringworld/FILES/8946v100.rar

Greetings

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 04:21 PM
Thanks but no thanks, crane99. My lovely card runs fast enough already and is problem free. I know there are some others desperate to get their hands on that particular BIOS at futuremark (http://discuss.futuremark.com/forum/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=techdisplayadapters&Number=3258885&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&fpart=1&vc=1)

Gator
01-12-04, 04:37 PM
can he run it from a WinXP command prompt or is a DOS bootdisk command prompt absolutely necessary?

Originally posted by Black Wibble
Gator, much appreciated. You have my 100% assurance. There is no risk
of stuffing up the card in any way. The command below ~reads~ information from the card only and doesn't write to the card.

1) Format a startup diskette.
2) Download nvflash_4.46.zip from http://whitebunny.demon.nl/download?file=nvflash_4.46.zip and extract the contents to the diskette.
3) Reboot on to the diskette.
4) Enter the command: nvflash -b 5600vtd.rom

(the -b is the Backup option.)

All done.

You can notify "This_ guy" at http://forum.msi.com.tw/thread.php?threadid=37923&sid=, or if you can't be bothered registering to another forum, send the file to me at anthony.neville_@_paradise.net.nz (without the "_").

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 04:49 PM
Originally posted by Gator
can he run it from a WinXP command prompt or is a DOS bootdisk command prompt absolutely necessary?

It must be done from the DOS bootdisk.

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 05:07 PM
Just to reiterate, the BIOS has to be from an MSI FX5600-VTD256, not any other model of MSI FX5600.

Gator
01-12-04, 06:51 PM
Sorry man, I tried. Turns out he has the MSI FX5600 VIVO 128MB card :(

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 07:05 PM
Oh well. I much appreciate your effort, Gator.

Black Wibble
01-12-04, 09:13 PM
Someone sent "This_Guy" a BIOS and after many retires he has successfully flash it into his card.

Gator
01-12-04, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by Black Wibble
Someone sent "This_Guy" a BIOS and after many retires he has successfully flash it into his card.

good to hear! Damn! Remind me to NEVER use that LiveUpdate software for a bios :eek: