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Old 09-26-06, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT VBIOS update

It appears as though the problems I'm having with dual-head display are most likely related to a VBIOS update. However, the download on Gigabyte's site would seem to be win32 only. I'm using SuSE 10.1 and I do have the nvidia driver installed with the NVIDIA X Server Setting but I don't see an option to live update the VBIOS.

Bottom line, does anyone know if there is a way to update the VBIOS without a windows box?

Much appreciated...
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Old 09-27-06, 02:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT VBIOS update

Even on windows the bios isn't updated in windows itself. In general a DOS bootfloppy is created containing the bios and some flash tools. You then startup with this floppy and the bios is flashed. What sort of issues are you having?
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Old 09-27-06, 04:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT VBIOS update

Hi!

Please check the "NVflash and NiBiTor Howto":

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=54095

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Old 09-27-06, 09:29 AM   #4
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Thunderbird,

The issue I'm running into is getting dual-head display to work in SuSE 10.1 (X). I'm getting *hardware not supported errors* which other posts describe as a VBIOS issue. The Gigabyte site also describes one of the VBIOS updates as an update to fix dual-head problems.

Bernhard,

Thanks for the link. Hmm... Out of the frying pan into the fire... I don't have a floppy Bummer.
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Old 09-27-06, 09:48 AM   #5
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Default Re: Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT VBIOS update

Quote:
Originally Posted by btmrm
I don't have a floppy Bummer.
I guess it should be possible to boot your PC from USB memory stick,
copy the raw image to the stick by typing:

Code:
dd if=DRDOS703.IMG of=/dev/sdX
where X is the device node for the USB memory stick.

Then reboot your PC and check the BIOS boot options.

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Old 09-27-06, 10:18 AM   #6
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I'll give it a try. Thanks.
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Old 10-01-06, 10:58 PM   #7
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Default Re: Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT VBIOS update

Just thought I'd post a follow up.

It turns out this wasn't too difficult.

- bought a cheap floppy from newegg
- created a boot disk with drdos (see howto)
- downloaded the exe from the Gigabyte site (includes GVF18.EXE and x76t8dr.f21)
- mcopy'd the files to the boot disk and flashed using them

I didn't need to use nvFlash or NiBiTor (no additional tweaks).

Thanks for the help
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