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Old 07-25-05, 10:46 PM   #1
Atlink
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Default GF-FX 5800... Pre-Production model?

So I managed to aquire my "dustbuster" a while ago from a friend who had it in his computer, then upgraded. When I inspected it one day, I noticed two stickers on it. One said "EXPO ITEM" (hand written), and another was "Awaiting FCC approval" sticker. This led me to believe that I owned a pre-production, and kind of "beta" version of the card.

PC Wizard helped with those thoughts, when I did a video BIOS dump and a few ofthe lines read as follows:

000C0280 : 71 00 00 00 50 43 49 52 DE 10 02 03 00 00 18 00 q...PCIR........
000C0290 : 00 00 00 03 7A 00 01 00 00 80 00 00 47 65 46 6F ....z.......GeFo
000C02A0 : 72 63 65 20 46 58 20 35 38 30 30 20 42 49 4F 53 rce FX 5800 BIOS
000C02B0 : 0D 0A 4E 56 33 30 20 41 30 32 0D 0A 00 00 00 00 ..NV30 A02......
000C02C0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000C02D0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000C02E0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 56 65 72 .............Ver
000C02F0 : 73 69 6F 6E 20 34 2E 33 30 2E 32 30 2E 31 39 2E sion 4.30.20.19.
000C0300 : 30 34 20 0D 0A 00 43 6F 70 79 72 69 67 68 74 20 04 ...Copyright
000C0310 : 28 43 29 20 31 39 39 36 2D 32 30 30 33 20 4E 56 (C) 1996-2003 NV
000C0320 : 49 44 49 41 20 43 6F 72 70 2E 0D 0A 00 45 6E 67 IDIA Corp....Eng
000C0330 : 69 6E 65 65 72 69 6E 67 20 52 65 6C 65 61 73 65 ineering Release
000C0340 : 20 2D 20 4E 6F 74 20 46 6F 72 20 50 72 6F 64 75 - Not For Produ
000C0350 : 63 74 69 6F 6E 20 55 73 65 0D 0A 00 18 01 4E 56 ction Use.....NV
000C0360 : 33 30 20 42 6F 61 72 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 30 Board........
000C0370 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000C0380 : 00 43 68 69 70 20 52 65 76 20 20 20 00 00 00 00 .Chip Rev ....

And for those who cant read broken text... The pertinent info says:

Version 4.30.20.19.04 ...Copyright (C) 1996-2003 NVIDIA Corp....Engineering Release - Not For Production Use.....NV30 Board

So, did I get a rare one of a kind board, or is this just in all the bioses?
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