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fix an erased flash rom?

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March 23, 2003 5:56:34 AM

hello all I have found myself in quite a quandry as of late, I was playing with an old geforce 3 that I had presumed dead. I plugged her in and found that it would just not run direct x programs...because I had direct x 9 installed! lol thinking it was a bad flash that I had performed earlier trying to fix it I tried reflashing it to its default rom rather than the new one that I had installed. Lol I hit the E button to erase on accident and it gave me no prompt (are you sure you want to erase the rom and ruin your card? lol) I found myself with no way to reflash the card as the machine actually rebooted after it got done erasing it! haahah so the rom was toast completly and I just stuffed it in its static bag and whent back to playing battlefield 1942 lol it occurs to me tho that if I installed a pci video card I could attempt to flash the card again by having both the agp geforce 3 and the old pci card inside I could flash the card. If I ran nvflash would it attempt to flash the pci card or the gf3? Is this a possible solution? thoughts comments?

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March 23, 2003 6:56:24 AM

I have attempted a flash of the card and nv flash detected the pci card only I have several options from the readme text of nv flash I will try out, I got further than I thought I would, I have the gf3 in my system running from a pci card I am trying to get the thing to flash just the gf3 tho the pci card (an old 2mb trident) means little to me so if I accidentally flash it no big lol anyone ever try to recover from a problem like this?

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March 23, 2003 7:10:59 AM

complete success lol all in less than an hour too!! hahahahah! I am just that good! I simply had to put a pci card in along with the blank gf3 and run nvflash with the option to ignore a pci id mismatch and viola! a happy gf3 just like she was brand spankin new! ahahahahahah VICTORY IS MINE!!!

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March 23, 2003 7:19:11 AM

Smack!

Congrats!

FYI
Supposedly it's even possible to recover from a bad video flash with only one video card. You need a bootable floppy with the flash program and the BIOS file. You create an AUTOEXEC.BAT that does everything you did but in an unattended mode.

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March 23, 2003 2:36:07 PM

I've often wondered about doing that. Glad to know it works. This way I can recover from a bad flash if I ever need to. Thanks for posting the info.

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March 23, 2003 10:20:38 PM

owwww why did you have to go and smack me like that? lol my system would not boot with just the geforce 3, apparently it didnt like not having a video card with a bios. I had to install a pci card and point the mobo bios to start from a pci card. the machine would just beep repeatedly with just the blank gf3.

It is so nice having this card back lol I have been using an old geforce 2 mx for like five months when all along I could have had my gf3 (it is a chaintech 128mb golden sample too) lol it's funny cuz next month I will have to buy my radeon 9500 pro and tweak it to a 9700 lol but till then I am free of that gf2mx at least

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March 23, 2003 11:50:36 PM

Yeah, I can see it not booting. I've heard of failed flashes, corrupted flashes, but I've never heard of anyone erasing the BIOS.

Good to know you can use a PCI video card to fix the problem though.

By the way, why did you feel it was necessary to flash the video BIOS in the first place?

After a couple of failed motherboard flashes I no longer do it unless I have a serious problem. That would go for video cards, CD drives, anything.

"If it ain't broke don't fix it".

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March 24, 2003 2:01:52 AM

the bios was designed to fix a directx 9 incompatibility. I could not run games or anything and since you cant uninstall directx I would have had to format my hard drive install windows 98 then xp all over again and I am just lazy, besides new bioses often mean more performance and I MUST have all the performance I can get! If it aint broke make it BETTER! aahhaahahahahahah

I removed the region lock on my pioneer 106s with a new bios and got a new one for my burner and my mobo should still be up to date, I should go check tho thanks for the reminder!

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