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Old 11-05-05, 04:28 AM   #1
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Default 6800GT Bios updating.

I have been forum hoping and browsing tech support over eveywhere.

AMD, ASUS, PNY, Corsair....

So I came across a forum where a guy stated he had similare problems to my graphics card. My PNY 6800GT AGP runs fine in most applications but on demanding graphical games such as farcry and half life 2 it will suddenly crash to a pink fragmented screen. It looks bassicly like when the old NES systems crashed you had to take out the ROM and blow it off.

He said he updated his bios and it fixed it fine and im really tired of running thoes games at 1024x768 when i know the card can handel the higher resolutions fine.

Bassicly it was a birthday gift and its always done this in thoes 2 specific games and have not seen it in any other app. I even thought maybe the stock cooling with 98° sunny florida weather might be causing it to overheat under load so I tossed an Artic Cooling NV5 on it but it still does it.

SO here is the important question. I already found a good guide for updating the bios, but god dang I can not seem to find a bios for a PNY card by the manufacturer... will another one work for it?...

If anyone else would like to help me out with this task i would greatly appreciate it.

Oh BTW im new on the forum so hi to everyone and thx for any help

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*edit* let me explain the details a little bit better. The ONLY game iv had this weired crash on is HalfLife2 and Farcry and only at 1280x1024 or higher, HL2 did it once at 1152x864.

Iv tried plenty of other demanding game demos, Battlefield 2, SplinterCell Chaos Theory, and FEAR. but it doesnt seem to happen on thoes.
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Old 11-06-05, 08:28 AM   #2
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Sorry I can't help you. I had a zero response to an inquiry about my Pixelview 6800 GT AGP a couple of months ago. I have not been able to find a good "generic" upgrade bios for my card.
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Old 11-06-05, 10:36 AM   #3
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Default Re: 6800GT Bios updating.

This site has tons of bios, here is the pny section. Good luck
And remember although the chance is small, there is always a risk of the update going bad.


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Old 11-06-05, 10:40 AM   #4
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Old 11-07-05, 12:36 PM   #5
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Do you overclock? I had the exactly same issue with my eVga 6800GT and I found out it was my overclocking. When I was starting to play HL2, on the first scene where g-man appears talking to you, the system locked with the same pink fragmented screen. It was the only app that it happened. I played Doom3, with no problems. I was overclocking my card a little bit, only the core, so it was at 380/1000, and this happened all the time when I played HL2. So I down-clocked it to the stock, at 350/1000, and no more crashes happened. The problem is the crap cooling of these cards based on the reference design, and I guess yours have the same crap reference cooler.
If you are overclocking, return it to stock, and check if it happens again. If you are not overclocking, better RMA your card. Keep in mind that flashing the BIOS might void your warranty.
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Old 11-09-05, 12:23 AM   #6
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This use to happen to me ONLY when playing HL2. When I had it at stock speeds, it would do it after 40 minutes of play so I didn't mind it much. Then, I OC'ed my card and it was doing it after 10 minutes.

I replaced my stock cooling with a Zalman and it hasn't happened since.

I suggest getting a Zalman over the NV Silencer. Silencers are known to not effectively cool the core. Read reviews and see for yourself.
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Old 11-09-05, 02:14 AM   #7
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i noticed this slightly, im going to try modifying it a little bit.
i might actually try a zalman just to see how it does.

Core Temps are idle at 50° thoe, wich compared to stock im 5° lower

i still think the bios may be the problem, im going to pick up a PCI video card just incase so if it does mess up i can go at it again.
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