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[TUTORIAL]UPDATING GPU BIOS

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[TUTORIAL]UPDATING GPU BIOS
« on: July 31, 2010, 09:22:51 pm »
Caution: This tutorial is intended for those who wish to update the BIOS corresponding with your card's part number, or have received a GPU with the wrong BIOS installed. I am not advocating flashing to a BIOS which is not applicable to its respective GPU. That is purely your own decision. Therefore, I am not responsible for any bad flashes and/or voided warranties.


Step #1 - Use GPU-Z to save your original BIOS to your Desktop, as a .bin file. Keep this safe.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1837/mirrors.php



Step#2 - Download the appropriate BIOS for your GPU. It should end with .rom extension

Step#3 - Rename your BIOS file to BIOS.rom

Step#4 - Download NVTurboFlash and save it to your Desktop
http://www.box.net/shared/ysjqz38y34/1/41878076/427686316

Step#5 - Download UltraISO trial and save it to your Desktop
http://download.cnet.com/3001-2646_4-10177302.html?spi=098881b3af1d178021eb92d240d41c5e&part=dl-UltraISOP

Step#6 - Open UltraISO, click File>Open>NVTurboFlash.iso (the one you downloaded in Step #4) You will then see NVTurboFlash in the "Image" column of the UltraISO main window


Step #7 - Click and drag the new BIOS.rom file over to the open UltraISO window, and drop it right under where it says "RENAME BIOS TO (BIOS.ROM).txt"


Step #8 - Click on "Bootable" at the top of the UltraISO window, then click on "Write Disk Image..", and another window will pop up.


Step #9 - For Disk Drive, choose your usb flash drive Leave Write Method alone, it should be "USB-HDD+" If you haven't formatted your flash drive yet, click on Format, and run that like normal. Then click on "Write" and let it do it's thing to your flash drive. You now have a properly formatted bootable usb flash drive with the vga bios on it.


Step #10 - Reboot computer, and go into the BIOS. Within the Hard Disk Boot Priority menu, select your USB Flash drive as the First Boot device. Leave all other settings alone. Save and quit BIOS.

Step #11 - Boot up computer, which should go straight into the USB flash drive, and pull up the NVFlash software. It will prompt you to select "y" to continue. Just make sure it found your old BIOS and your new BIOS correctly, and hit y. You will do this once for each card. There will be an audible "beep" once with each card. It is perfectly normal. Once done and at the C:\> prompt, press Control+Alt+Delete.

Step #12 - Reboot back into BIOS and change boot priority back to your normal settings, with your OS drive(s) First in Priority. Save and quit BIOS, then go straight back into the Operating System

Step #13 - Verify the flash was successful by opening up GPU-Z again, and confirming you now have the updated BIOS

Step #14 - Rename the BIOS.rom and your original BIOS .bin file something which will immediately tell you what it is. 480BIOS21.rom is an example for the updated file. Save each to an external hard drive

Step #15 - Enjoy!

Special thanks to loveordie, the creator of NVTurboFlash





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So, I have the latest BIOS for my GTX 480 which is 70.00.21.00.02

How do I update my GPU BIOS, if I ever have to?

BTW This is the GB's latest GPU BIOS for GTX 480 http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/75006/Gigabyte.GTX480.1536.100414.html and this is the EVGA's latest BIOS for GTX 480 http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/74375/EVGA.GTX480.1536.100423_1.html. So can I install the EVGA BIOS on the GB GTX 480 as they have the same GPU Device ID?
« Last Edit: July 31, 2010, 11:47:12 pm by sabrefresco »


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Re: [QUESTION]How do I update my GPU BIOS?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010, 09:34:08 pm »
Personally I wouldn't recommend using a bios from another company even if the chipset is the same. All companies use their own design to try and make their boards better than the competition. There should be an update program on the vendor's website along with the bios update.
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Re: [QUESTION]How do I update my GPU BIOS?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 09:36:42 pm »
Roger that. I actually found a guide


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Re: [QUESTION]How do I update my GPU BIOS?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 09:44:27 pm »
Great all sorted then.
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Re: [TUTORIAL]UPDATING GPU BIOS
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 09:51:56 pm »
Can a MOD stick this???  ;D ;D ;D


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Re: [TUTORIAL]UPDATING GPU BIOS
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2010, 11:45:22 pm »
Will have to wait until runn3R gets back off holiday as he is the only moderator with power to make threads sticky. Can you please reduce the size of the red lettering in the thread's original post. Thanks.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2010, 11:46:19 pm by Dark Mantis »
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Re: [TUTORIAL]UPDATING GPU BIOS
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2010, 11:46:58 pm »
Sure


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Re: [TUTORIAL]UPDATING GPU BIOS
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2010, 11:48:44 pm »
That's much better, thanks
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256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
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